‘Tis the season for Spring cleaning your home and life, but have you thought about your electronics too? Chances are it’s been a while since you gave your computer a good physical cleaning both inside and out.
Follow our tips to carefully “Spring clean” your computer:
The exterior of any electronic device can be a hub for germs. Given how careful we all need to be these days, it’s important to sanitize these items on a regular basis and in a safe way as to not harm your device. To clean your computer, be sure to shut it down first. Combine one part alcohol and one-part distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto a microfiber cloth and gently wipe down your computer. Consider covering your camera and ports with tape to avoid any moisture getting in them. Remember not to oversaturate the cloth to avoid excess moisture on your device.
Ports and jacks on your devices can get clogged with dust and dirt. The best way to clean these out is by using a spray can of air or a Q-tip. You may not know it, but often times a dirty port may be the cause of a poor charge!
When is the last time you did a thorough organizing and cleaning of your files? Start by cleaning your email inbox(es). It’s likely you have a bunch of emails that are unread and just waiting to be deleted. There are probably many emails you can unsubscribe from as well to avoid further buildup. Email storage can take up a lot of space on your device so this is the simplest way to get started.
Next, consider going through your files. Start with your downloads and temporary files and remove what is no longer needed. Go through any saved files to see if they are still relevant or if they can be stored on an external drive. If there are apps or programs installed on your computer you no longer need, be sure to remove those as well. Staying on top of this will ensure your computer is operating in an efficient matter.