You may feel confident sanitizing the break room counter, but what about your laptop or shared technology devices? These are highly touched surfaces, and proper sanitation of them is key!
Below we’ve outlined a quick four-step guide to get you started. We also recommend checking with the device manufacturer for the best practices for your specific device.
Let’s start with the practices you should avoid.
- Don’t spray cleaner directly on any electronic device
- Don’t use bleach
- Don’t let water or liquid pool
- Don’t get moisture into any openings
- Don’t use aerosol sprays
- Don’t use any sort of abrasives
Four Simple Steps
Ok, so what should you do? For devices with non-porous surfaces (i.e. monitors, keyboards, mice, laptop, plastic surfaces) use the following steps:
Step 1: Power down and unplug your device.
This will ensure that unwanted liquid has time to dry up before your machine fires up again. It also protects you from electrocution.
Step 2: Wipe down surfaces with 70%+ isopropyl alcohol wipe.
Make sure the wipe is moist, but not saturated. If you are using a spray, apply the liquid directly to a clean, lint-free microfiber cloth before wiping the device. Clean the device’s exterior gently and quickly to ensure that liquid does not pool and leak into the interior of your device. Alcohol-based cleaners are best for this because they evaporate quickly.
Step 3: Use a clean, dry paper towel or lint-free, microfiber cloth to dry excess moisture.
If excess moisture or liquid is left on the device, use a clean, dry paper towel or lint-free microfiber cloth to prevent the liquid from seeping into the device. If you are noticing streaks, try using a microfiber cleaning cloth.
Step 4: Wash your hands.
This is a simple step, but increasingly important after cleaning a potentially contaminated device.
For more tips and tricks for all of your technology needs, check out our Tech Riffs.