removing TIM from CPU pin

My motherboard died a very quick death. The large heatsink was easy to remove. I used two fingers to carefully remove the cpu from the socket. As I was about to put the cpu down it started to rotate and I used my thumb to stop it. I accidently got a very tiny bit of TIM on two gold pins. What is the safest way to remove the TIM without killing the CPU?
My girlfriend has Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70% USP - Is that okay or do I need a different concentration?

I also have ArtiClear ! Thermal Material Remover and ArtiClear 2 Thermal Surface Purifier

Is one better than the other?


Feb 13, 2008
those products are for the top of the cpu, if you choose to use them, i would use the rubbing alcohol over the top of them to get rid of the residue. the 70% is fine, dab it dry and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours to make sure it evaporates and its ready to go.