How to Use USB Powered Vacuum Cleaners

computer laptop
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-100
What You'll Need
USB vacuum cleaner
Computer with USB port and power source (either battery or electrical outlet)

Have you ever wished that there were vacuum cleaners for your computer, accessories, and workspace? Well, you are in luck. There are a wide variety of vacuum cleaners available for purchase that are designed for the exact set of tasks you have in mind. They are USB vacuum cleaners, designed to be plugged in to the common USB port on your computer—the port, chances are, your computer uses for many of its devices. Unless your computer is ancient, it will be compatible with a USB handheld vacuum cleaner. So how can you take advantage of the availability of USB vacuum cleaners to keep your computer equipment and work area free of debris? The following should give you a general idea of how to best use a USB vacuum cleaner.

Step 1 - Setup

Though the process will vary slightly from model to model, depending on which USB vacuum cleaner you choose, the steps required to prepare to clean your workspace are more or less uniform. First, you must have your computer powered and turned on—whether you use a laptop or desktop computer is not important. In fact, using a USB powered vacuum cleaner with a laptop computer is a great idea, as it lets you keep not only your computer, but the environment you bring it too, clean.

Next, plug your USB powered vacuum cleaner into one of your computer's USB ports. If you aren't sure how to find your computer's USB ports, don't worry. Finding and identifying USB ports is quite simple once you know how. First, look on the back of your computer where the ports are located. Your monitor, keyboard, mouse and other attachments are probably connected here. They may also be located on the side of your laptop. Next, locate the ports labeled with the same symbol on the tip of your USB vacuum cleaner's power cord.

Step 2 - Vacuum

plugging a cord into a laptop

Once your USB vacuum cleaner is plugged in, you can start to clean up. Your USB vacuum cleaner should be easy to switch on and use as if it were any hand-held vacuum cleaner. The main purpose of USB vacuum cleaners is removing dust and crumbs from notoriously difficult places to keep clean, where debris can accumulate over time, such as computer keyboards. However, you should not see this as a limit, only a suggestion. Anywhere hard to reach or empty out — crevices in your desk, for example — are good places to vacuum. In addition, you can obviously use your USB vacuum cleaner to clean up ordinary messes.

Step 3 - Maintenance

Vacuuming regularly, rather than waiting for your work area to become filthy, is a good idea.

You probably do not want to leave your USB powered vacuum cleaner plugged in all the time—particularly if you have a great deal of extra attachments that use your USB ports, or you use a laptop computer instead of a desktop. For this reason, you should always unplug your USB vacuum cleaner when you are done, wrap up cord carefully to avoid tangling, and store it in a place that makes sense—in your laptop case, or in your desk.