Cleaning up our computer’s is something that more often than not is put off for months if not years. To make the task even more daunting, computers need both internal and external cleaning. In simple terms, both the external surfaces of your computer and the files and software that run the system require regular cleaning for optimum performance. If you are clueless about the entire procedure, here are some few tips on how to properly clean your desktop.
Cleaning the surfaces
Obviously, the first thing that you need to do is to shut down your desktop and unplug it from the mains. Failure to do this could lead to some costly damages to your computer or worse still, you could get electrocuted. For most of the external clean up process, all you need is a slightly dampened piece of cloth. This can be used for sturdy surfaces that are hard to damage such as the cases that enclose the internal components.
The screen is particularly sensitive and requires a tad more attention. You should first clean it with a dry piece of cloth from edge to edge to remove dust particles. Then you can use a slightly moist microfiber cloth to wipe it thoroughly. Remember not to apply too much pressure, or you might end up cracking your screen. You can use a solution comprised of water and vinegar so as to remove the tough smudges. While there are many things you should avoid when cleaning your desktop, the most important thing to note is that you should not use any other cleaning solutions.
Another hub for dust particles and small crumbs is the keyboard. The first thing you should do is to blow out or suck the particles from the small spaces in between the keys. A small fan can be used to blow the particles away. A small vacuum also comes in handy if you want to suck in the crumbs. If you have none of this, then you can improvise using a straw to either blow or suck the dust particles. After this, you can clean it using a moist piece of cloth.
All other surfaces and components of your desktop can easily be cleaned using the same process of wiping with a moist piece of cloth.
Cleaning the software programs
This is probably the most important bit of cleaning as it directly affects the performance of your computer. Conversely, it is the most tedious and tiring cleaning you will need to do since most files and programs are hidden and require some fishing. Depending on your operating system, there are some programs to make this task much easier. For instance, in Windows 10, all you need to do is to go to the storage menu and find the list of folders that occupy the largest space. You can then delete the files that are unnecessary or those that take up too much space.
You should also check the apps and features that came preinstalled in your computer. The chances are that you hardly ever use these apps and a lot of space can be created by simply deleting them. The simplest way to clean up your desktop regardless of your operating system is by deleting the files that you do not need. Simply look at all the storage spaces in your computer, and you will definitely get some items that you do not need. Download CCleaner now to fasten up the process.
Taking good care of your desktop could tremendously add to the lifespan of your computer. Regular cleaning of the outside will prevent solid particles from ruining the internal components while cleaning up the software will give you a few extra gigs of space in addition to boosting the performance.
All in all, with the above tips, anyone can quickly and efficiently clean up their desktop for enhanced performance and increased durability.