How to clean your PS5

PS5 against a black background
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Quick steps

  • Turn off and unplug your PS5 from the mains first
  • Remove the PS5  faceplates. There are no screws here, just gently pull off the PS5 covers
  • Carefully blast away any notable dust deposits with canned air or a low-powered vacuum. If any dirt doesn’t budge, try gently applying a cleaning brush or microfibre cloth
  • Reattach the faceplates once complete

Tools and requirements

  • A PS5, or PS5 Digital Edition
  • A can of compressed air, low-powered vacuum cleaner, or microfibre cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol

How to clean your PlayStation 5

If your PS5 sounds louder than normal or has been sitting in an enclosed space for a while, it might be time for a clean. Dust is an inescapable problem for all sorts of hardware, and a build-up can lead to components overheating. Worse still, this could result in a hardware failure, so if you’d rather be safe than sorry, you should consider cleaning your PS5 every few months. 

Thankfully, Sony designed the PS5 in such a way that cleaning the console is surprisingly easy. You can remove the console’s external faceplates or covers without needing to reach for a toolkit, and the design generally does a good job of preventing excessive amounts of dust from settling inside the console. 

If you’re looking for a detailed breakdown of how to clean your PS5, then, follow the steps below. 


  • Turn off your PS5 fully then unplug it from the mains. Make sure your PS5 is laying down sideways for easier cleaning and remove the console’s stand.

Black PS5 on a wooden table without a stand

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  • Place the PS5 on a clean table. Do not place it on a carpet or rug with long fibers, as per Sony’s recommendation.
  • Remove both faceplates using your hands. There are no screws involved, all you need to do is grip it and apply strength downwards and you’ll feel a pop when this happens.


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  • Once you’ve located any dust deposits, use compressed air to remove these or a low-powered vacuum. If this doesn’t work, try using a microfiber cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol and wipe gently – only use as little as you need.
  • Check the fins along PS5’s sides and inspect the front ports too for any dust deposits.
  • Once done, reattach both PS5 faceplates. Place the stand back onto your PS5, reconnect it to the mains, and return your console to its previous place in your home setup.

How often should I clean my PS5? 

You shouldn’t need to clean your PS5 very often, but there’s no definitive answer for how frequently a clean is required. Everyone’s home and setup is different, and most consoles won’t need anything more than a surface level dusting now and then. If you’ve got pets, smoke or have carpeted floors, dust and hair can accumulate more quickly.

It’s good practice to check your hardware every few months, then. After all, no one wants their console sounding like an airplane taking off when playing a game. If you do notice an increase in fan noise, it’s a good indication that your PS5 may need a clean. The fans will kick up at a faster rate to cool the PS5 more effectively, but if they’re working overtime for too long, this could cause your PlayStation 5 to overheat.

Final thoughts 

A PS5 and DualSense controller lying on a white background

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Prevention goes a long way in keeping dust at bay. Using an air purifier can help combat any build-up, but it won’t do all the work and you’ll need to replace the filters regularly. Even if it’s just an external wipe, cleaning the PS5 faceplates frequently is sensible, as is placing your PS5 on top of a cabinet or table to avoid the floor. Of course, make sure those surfaces are cleaned regularly too.

Sony recommends ensuring that the air vents on the sides and back of the PS5 console have at least 10cm of free space and are not blocked or obstructed. Specifically, it advises avoiding placing your PS5 in a narrow or cramped space, and not allowing dust to build up in or around the PS5 console’s air vents.

Want to keep your other consoles clean? Here's how to clean your Xbox Series X and how to clean your Xbox Series S. Got a Switch? No problem. Here's how to clean your Nintendo Switch.

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Henry Stockdale

Henry is a freelance writer based in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. When he's not wandering in VR or burning through his RPG backlog, he's probably planning his next D&D session.