How to safely and smartly clean your dirty Xbox One

After you've had your Xbox One console for a while, you'll probably notice that it starts to get dusty. Dust can easily build up, and cause a problem down the line. That's why we've put together this handy guide to cleaning your Xbox One. Here's what to do — and what not to do — to keep your console shiny and clean!

Dust cloth

When it comes to cleaning your Xbox One, your very best friend is a dust cloth. That's because as long as you keep the exterior clean and dust free, you shouldn't ever have to clean out the inside of your console. A dust cloth lets you grab most of the dust that can accumulate on your system.

All you need to do is run the dust cloth over the outside of your system. This includes the top, bottom, sides, and ports. Depending on how long it's been since you've wiped down your Xbox One you may need to clean off the cloth a few times, but for the most part this method will get the job done.

Compressed air

If it's been a while since you've cleaned out your Xbox One, then you might notice that there is dust everywhere. On the top and sides of your console, as well as in all of the grates. While a dust cloth can easily deal with everything on the outside of your console, if you've got dust inside your grates you'll need to go a slightly different route.

Thankfully it isn't hard to go ahead and clean out the dust inside those grates. All you'll need is a can of compressed air. Using the detail nozzle, use short directed sprays to clean the dust out. This should only take a few minutes, and you'll be able to see when the dust has evacuated the area. Canned air is also useful for getting into all of the ports along the back of the Xbox One. These can easily collect dust, but they're hard to get into with a cloth (and you'll probably end up leaving behind lint or shreds of paper towel if you do).

Of course, in doing this you'll be kicking a bunch of dust into the air, and inevitably that's going to settle back on your Xbox. So give it a few minutes and then come back with the dusting cloth and give it a quick wipe down.

Avoid damp wipes

Now plenty of folks use wipes doused in cleaning chemicals (or even a bit of water) to clean just about every surface in their homes, from countertops to windows to TV screens. Most of that's fine. Do not use them on your Xbox One. Specifically this is because your Xbox One is covered in vents, and you don't want moisture of any kind to seep in there. Really, you shouldn't use these on any electronics — TV and Xbox included.

In general, you should avoid using anything that is wet since it has the capacity to screw up your console. Liquid + electrical components = bad time. By sticking with the combo of a dust cloth, and compressed air you should be able to easily clean out your Xbox without accidentally causing any damage to it.

Cleaning your controllers

Xbox One Controller

Xbox One Controller (Image credit: Windows Central)

While getting your console clean and shiny again only takes a few minutes, it's also worthwhile to go ahead and clean off your controllers on a regular basis as well. It easy for dirt, grime, and germs to multiply on your controller without you even realizing.

You can clean your controller using the same methods that you use on your main console. A dust cloth can clean off smudges, and grab at any detritus caked around the buttons or analog sticks. If dust is an issue, then you can use some compressed air to clean out the ports at the top and bottom of the controller.

Tempting as it may be to just take a damp cloth and run it over the body of the controller, you still want to avoid this. Moisture getting in and close to the electronic components inside the controller can cause issues nobody wants the hassle of dealing with.

Jen Karner

Jen is a contributing writer for WindowsCentral. She's an avid gamer, especially when she gets to kill zombies, craft things, or use a bow. She can often be heard yelling about her chainsaw while playing Gears of War 4. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.