How To Clean A RAM Stick: A Step-By-Step Guide

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How To Clean A RAM Stick

If you are looking for ways to clean your RAM stick safely, then you have come to the right place.

The RAM is where everything currently running on a device is stored. If your RAM stick or the RAM bay is dirty, your computer might not recognize that the RAM is installed, and as a result, it will not boot up. Therefore, it is important to clean your RAM stick.

In this guide, we will show you how to clean your RAM stick. Let's get into it!

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How To Clean A RAM Stick

If you want to keep your PC functioning properly, then you need to make sure you clean it periodically. This includes the RAM sticks, RAM bay, monitor, graphics card, motherboard and the PC fan. This is because dust and debris are bad conductors of electricity and they can hinder the flow of electricity.

To clean the RAM stick, follow the steps below:

Set up your workspace

The first step is to place your CPU on a flat surface, in a dust-free environment. Next, you need to gather the tools necessary for the cleaning process.

This includes clean microfiber cloths, a can of compressed air and an isopropyl alcohol solution. You can also use a clean, non-oil "natural gum" eraser.

Blow the dust off

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Assuming that you have already removed your RAM and have the necessary tools beside you, let's start cleaning the RAM stick.

Take the canned air and blow the loose dust off the RAM stick. If you don't have canned air, you can simply blow with your mouth.

Wipe down the RAM stick

To remove persistent dirt, pour a little amount of isopropyl solution onto the microfiber cloth and begin wiping the RAM stick. Be sure to cover all the contact points.

If you are using an eraser, run it back and forth on the gold contacts a couple of times to remove dirt.

Dry the RAM stick

Once you have finished cleaning the RAM stick, let it dry. In the meantime, spray quick bursts of compressed air into the RAM slot to remove dust out of it.

After the RAM stick has dried completely, you can install it back into the computer.