How to Clean a Motherboard With Acetone

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How to Clean a Motherboard With Acetone
Clean motherboard with acetone. ( Images)

Acetone is a harsh solvent that will dissolve paint and superglue stains from your motherboard. It will also remove dirt, dust and other debris. Acetone, however, is not an ideal cleaning solution, as it can weaken the plastic components of the board. However, sometimes you'll need to use acetone to remove tough build-up that rubbing alcohol is unable to remove.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled water

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the motherboard from electricity.

  2. 2

    Soak a clean microfiber cloth in acetone. A microfiber cloth will not shed on the motherboard.

  3. 3

    Rub the motherboard with the acetone. Pay special attention to any areas that are very dirty or have tough build-up such as superglue. Work until the stains are gone. Use as little acetone as possible to clean the motherboard as it does damage it.

  4. 4

    Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and rub it over the surface of the motherboard. This will neutralise the acetone so it doesn't continue to damage the motherboard.

  5. 5

    Soak a cloth in distilled water and wring it out so that it is slightly damp but not dripping. Rinse the motherboard by rubbing it with the cloth. This will remove any rubbing alcohol residue so that the motherboard is not flammable.

Tips and warnings

  • Acetone is flammable. Never use it to clean any motherboard that is connected to electricity and keep it away from open flames.

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