Your PlayStation 4 is a behemoth when it comes to delivering awesome games, movies, and VR content. However, you may start to notice some slow down if you let dust build up over time. To keep your console running as efficiently as possible you definitely need to keep it clean. Thankfully, this is an easy task that should only take about 10 minutes of your time so long as you keep up with the maintenance.

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Before you get started

It's basically impossible to keep your system entirely clear of dust, but there are a few things that you can do to help minimize the amount of dust or debris you need to clean. Just keep in mind that the PlayStation 4 console is essentially a dust magnet thanks to that shiny black exterior. Here are some tips to check out to help you keep your PlayStation 4 clean.

  • Keep it away from pets: If you have dogs or cats, try to keep the console as far from the floor as possible so that animal hair isn't getting stuck on your system.
  • Avoid glass entertainment centers: Glass already has a tendency to attract dust, so if you set up your PS4 on a glass entertainment center you can expect your system to need a good cleaning about once a week or so. You can set your system in a vertical orientation or invest in a dust cover to help keep the dust to a minimum.
  • Don't store in an enclosed space: Not only can this cause the system to overheat, but dust will also gather up in these spaces.
  • Don't smoke in the house: Cigarette smoke causes faster dirt accumulation, and this definitely includes your console.
  • Don't take your PlayStation apart to try to clean the inside: Not only will this completely void your warranty, but there is also a higher chance of hurting your PlayStation, especially if you're not a professional.

Using compressed air to clean your PlayStation

Your PlayStation 4 is covered with vents that are located at the front, sides, and back of the system and they have a tendency to get absolutely covered in dust. To take care of this all that you need to do is go ahead and follow these steps.

  1. Point the nozzle of the compressed air at the vents. Make sure to keep it about 1-2 inches from the vent.
  2. Make sure the can is upright to prevent any moisture from going into your console.
  3. Spray in short measured bursts.
  4. Periodically look into the vents to ensure you've gotten all the dust.
  5. Take your microfiber cloth to clean any dust or residue that may have broken loose and claimed space elsewhere on the console.

Using a microfiber cloth to clean your PlayStation

Microfiber cloths are another endlessly useful tools when it comes to cleaning all of your tech gear. When you think about them you usually only assume they're good for glasses, screens or computers, but that's not true! There's plenty of uses for them with your PlayStation 4 as well.

  1. Use the cloth to wipe down the top, side, front, and back of your console.
  2. If the cloth is showing signs of extreme dirt you need to change the cloth out. Do not rinse the cloth and continue to wipe while it is wet.
  3. After you've wiped down your console, use your microfiber cloths to clean your controllers.
  4. Always do the third step last. Controllers might be oily from your hands and you don't want to transfer that oil to the actual console.

Now if your system frequently turns gray with dust, you might be tempted to hit it with a wet wipe of some kind. Do not, we repeat, do not do that. You never want to introduce any kind of moisture to the system. Instead, what you'll want to use is a microfiber cloth.

How to clean your Dualshock 4 controllers

Much like your system, if your controllers sit on a rack all day long they are going to accumulate dust. All that you need to do is go ahead and use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the controller. While wet wipes are still a general no-no, they can be used on the controller so long as you are avoiding the headphone jack, and charge port. When wiping down the controller you'll want to pay special attention to all of the buttons, the analog sticks, and the light bar at the back of the controller.

Specifically, you want to ensure there's no dust or grime blocking that light bar, especially if you are playing PlayStation VR games since the camera needs to be able to properly see that light bar. Likewise, nobody wants to use a controller with sticky buttons caused by dust or debris. If that's exactly what you're dealing with, your best bet is to turn off the controller and then use a wet wipe to clean away the dust and grime. Just ensure that the controller has plenty of time to dry out before use, and limit the amount of moisture as much as possible to avoid damage.

How to clean your PlayStation Move controllers

  1. With controlled bursts, spray all of the ports and crevices on the controller with compressed air.
  2. Wipe down the rest of the controller with a microfiber cloth.
  3. If there is any sticky residue, use a slightly damp paper towel or wet wipe while avoiding all ports.

If you have a pair of Move controller that you want to bust out, but is particularly dusty, there are a few things to remember. The PlayStation camera reads Move controllers by tracking the lights in the bulb of each controller, so you want to ensure that they are as clean of dust and debris as possible. Likewise, cleaning out the ports, and around the button ensures that you won't get distracted while playing a game.

Keep it clean

As you can see, PlayStation 4 consoles are going to get dirty; it doesn't matter if they are sitting up on a shelf or hanging out on the entertainment center. What matters is knowing how to properly clean it up and get it back up and running in tip-top shape after it's gone gray with dust. If you're still worried, or your house is about to go something messy like construction, you could always invest in a dust cover to help keep your console clean.

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Additional Equipment

Now that you have your PlayStation console you want to make sure you keep it safe and clean. Here are some of our top picks for getting that job done!

Protect your device

PlayStation 4 Dust Cover

A dust cover is a perfect addition to your set up to makes sure your console stays clean and safe. Between uses you can cover your PlayStation with this handy tool to prevent dust and grime from ruining your console.

Safe cleaning

24-Pack of Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

When you think about microfiber cloths you usually only assume they're good for glasses, screens or computers, but that's not true! There's plenty of uses for them with your PlayStation 4 as well.

Endlessly useful

3-Pack of Compressed Air Cans

One of the things that all tech gurus should have available is a can of compressed air. It's not only handy with your PlayStation 4 but a lot of your tech gear as well.

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