After excessive usage, your RAM may become corrosive or get dirty, and may malfunction. Thereby, causing various issues which are not easily solvable. Therefore, we need to clean these RAM sticks and bring them back into proper condition so that they can begin to work properly and enhance the performance of the system. Therefore, let us discuss ways on how to clean RAM sticks.

How to clean RAM sticks

When facing RAM issues, we may revert to purchasing second-hand RAM to use them in order to get rid of the issues accompanying your dirty RAM. But, that is not the best solution but a one-off solution and can’t be used every time. Because to purchase a new RAM or even a second-hand RAM we will require money. So, let’s check for an optimal solution to this problem.

We will therefore be looking at ways to clean our dirty and malfunctioning RAM sticks.

Various Methods to clean RAM sticks

Sometimes over time with constant working, some corrosion may build on the pins of your RAM sticks. This might cause serious malfunctioning and result in various errors. In such a case, you’ll need to clean these sticks to make it work again. But with a dose of patience.

Here, we will get right away with the topic of cleaning RAM sticks. We will be discussing each method one by one. So, let’s begin :

Using Lotion or Isopropanol

  • Use Lotion or isopropanol with a cotton q-tip.
  • Lightly scrub the contacts using soft tips.
  • Then await them to dry.
  • This will finally clean your RAM sticks.
  • Hurray! your job is done.
How to clean RAM sticks
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Using Eraser

  • In this method, we will clean the RAM sticks with an eraser.
  • We should prefer to use rubber eraser because certain erasers are usually made of acids and other materials. This may damage the surface of the RAM sticks.
  • Therefore, take care to rub the RAM sticks gently with soft hands actually soft fingertips.
  • Also, take care to note that you should rub gently along the grain and not over the grain.
  • After cleaning the pins, blow some air on them to form sure no residue from q-tips or erasers is left.
  • If you have cleaned it properly then you will accomplish your task of making the RAM work again.
  • So, finally it will probably again come back to its original working condition.

Use contact cleaner

  • Unplug everything from the motherboard.
  • Then, clean it with an electrical duster.
  • Thereafter, apply the contact cleaner directly on the RAM sticks/slots.
  • Wait for some time and let it dry.
  • And, hopefully, if you followed proper care to clean the RAM sticks then they will again begin to work.
How to clean RAM sticks

Another way to use RAM contact clear

  • Rather than applying the contact cleaner directly, moisten a RAM and then apply the contact cleaner on it.
  • Thereafter, take it in/out the slot a couple of times to get rid of corrosion.
  • Again, wait for some time and let it dry.
  • And, hopefully, if you followed proper care to clean the RAM sticks then they will again begin to work.

Could the friction plus the contact cleaner damage the slot? This is a doubt which may linger in your mind over time. So, here is a pro-tip from me with experience. We should obviously blow some air using some compressed gas can on the RAM sticks to ensure that everything is cleared and it becomes clean again.

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In this article, we have covered the many methods that you can use to clean the RAM sticks. We have also mentioned the necessary precautions and other tips and tricks that we shall keep in mind while executing this task. How to properly take care of the amount of moisture, the impact of the lotion, how to carefully clear the dust and other dirt from the RAM sticks. Hoping in anticipation that this post fulfills your desire for knowledge on this topic to its best ability. If you have any further queries or have another method that you would like to share with us. Then, you can post it in the comments section and I will personally look into it with due diligence and do as needed. On that parting note, until next time. See-ya 🙂

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