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remove files older than 5 days - in Powershell script

I have the folloing script file i inherited. I need to add to it a loop to remove all files older than 5 days. Is it also possible to zip the files as well ?
thanks very much

## Full + Log Backup of MS SQL Server databases/span>            
## with SMO.            
# Requiered for SQL Server 2008 (SMO 10.0).            
$Server = "TEL-ACCOUNTS";     # SQL Server Instance.            
$Dest = "C:\SQL_PS_Bck\";    # Backup path on server (optional).            
$srv = New-Object Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Server $Server;            
# If missing set default backup directory.            
If ($Dest -eq "")            
{ $Dest = $server.Settings.BackupDirectory + "\" };            
Write-Output ("Started at: " + (Get-Date -format yyyy-MM-dd-HH:mm:ss));            
# Full-backup for every database            
foreach ($db in $srv.Databases)            
    If($db.Name -ne "tempdb")  # Non need to backup TempDB            
        $timestamp = Get-Date -format yyyy-MM-dd-HH-mm-ss;            
        $backup = New-Object ("Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Backup");            
        $backup.Action = "Database";            
        $backup.Database = $db.Name;            
        $backup.Devices.AddDevice($Dest + $db.Name + "_full_" + $timestamp + ".bak", "File");            
        $backup.BackupSetDescription = "Full backup of " + $db.Name + " " + $timestamp;            
        $backup.Incremental = 0;            
        # Starting full backup process.            
        # For db with recovery mode <> simple: Log backup.            
        If ($db.RecoveryModel -ne 3)            
            $timestamp = Get-Date -format yyyy-MM-dd-HH-mm-ss;            
            $backup = New-Object ("Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Smo.Backup");            
            $backup.Action = "Log";            
            $backup.Database = $db.Name;            
            $backup.Devices.AddDevice($Dest + $db.Name + "_log_" + $timestamp + ".trn", "File");            
            $backup.BackupSetDescription = "Log backup of " + $db.Name + " " + $timestamp;            
            #Specify that the log must be truncated after the backup is complete.            
            $backup.LogTruncation = "Truncate";
            # Starting log backup process            
Write-Output ("Finished at: " + (Get-Date -format  yyyy-MM-dd-HH:mm:ss));
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8/22/2022 - Mon

Peculiar why you would not use the ssms and sql agent jobs to configure both the backups and the cleanup.
IMHO, using ssms and sql agent to manage the schedule of backup/cleanup  provides for a single location to look.
The compression for saving space is not worth the overhead for the compressing.
You might be able to use 7zip instead of winrar for the compression.

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Hi Thanks for the input
@arnold, i am running SQL Express, so cannot setup the standard backup job in Management Studio. So this is why i am using this powershell sctipt which works really well. Just i need to remove old files.
@Subsan, thanks for the code i will give it a go :)
thanks again

Hi, my apologies on that very late reply on this post.
Your help has saved me hundreds of hours of internet surfing.