Cleaning Your Small Business Computers Inside and Out

As you start spring cleaning the different areas of your office, it’s important that you do not neglect your computers. Cleaning your small business computers inside and out not only makes them look good, but it can help them last longer. To help you check off this task on your to-do list, all you have to do is follow these easy steps.

Cleaning Your Small Business Computers: Inside

Cleaning the inside of your computer can help speed up your programs, organize your files, and detect any potential problems. To give the inside of your computer a good cleaning, here are the 5 things you should do.
  1. Clean out your histories

This includes your Internet browsing history, your cookies, and your cache. While keeping all this information can sometimes make your searches faster (as you computer remembers sites that you like), when they get too full, it can cause your computer to slow down.
  1. Uninstall unused software

Every computer has programs that are never used. Instead of letting these software programs take up valuable disk space, spend some time figuring out what you can delete off your computer.
  1. Update your programs

Running older versions of your operating systems, Internet browser, and favorite programs can make everything run slow. Updating each program ensures that you have all of the latest fixes and services at your disposal.
  1. Check for malware

Your anti-virus program should be run regularly on your computer. If you don’t already have one, now is the time to purchase one. If you already have one installed, take the time to do a full computer scan.
  1. Defragment your computer

Once you’ve gone through all the above steps, the time has come to make sure all your files are lined up in order. Defragmenting your computer will help it run at its optimal performance speed.

Cleaning Your Small Business Computers: Outside

Once the inside of your computer is cleaned up, it’s time to turn your attention to the outside. Not only does it keep your office looking nice, but cleaning your computer helps clear out the particles and gunk that can block your system and cause it to overheat. Just make sure that you use the proper tools and supplies in order to avoid damaging your system!
  1. Turn off (and unplug) your computer

In order to effectively clean every crevice, it’s important to first turn off and then unplug your computer.
  1. Dust the outside case

The best way to dust the case of your computer is to use a duster or a dry microfiber cloth. Rub the duster all over the surface to remove any dust or dirt. To get into the crevices, take a cotton swab dipped into rubbing alcohol and run it along the edges and the seams. Finish by taking a dry cotton swab to remove all excess moisture.
  1. Clean out your keyboard

Keyboards are a common place for dust and particles to collect.  Get out any big items by turning your keyboard upside down and gently shaking it. Next, take a can of compressed air and shoot it into the cracks between the keys. Finish up by taking another alcohol-dipped cotton ball and rubbing it over the top of the keys. (Note: Never use a vacuum to suck out particles. It can create levels of static electricity that will damage the keys and even accidentally remove them.)
  1. Wipe down your screen

The best way to clean your monitor is to wipe it down with a soft, microfiber cloth. If there are extra smudges, you can use a gentle solution of water and soap. However, in order make sure that you do not damage your screen, there are a few things you should remember.
  • Never spray water or cleaning solution directly onto the screen. Always place it first on the cloth
  • Never use an alcohol or ammonia based cleaner
  • Never use paper towels, dish towels, or facial tissues
  1. Put it all back together

Once all the different parts are clean and dry, re-attach all the different plugs and turn your computer back on. You’ll be amazed at the difference!