Sanitize Technology Safely

Keeping technology clean and sanitary has become even more important in recent days. Sanitizing shared devices between uses is essential, and even devices that are not shared should be sanitized routinely to keep them clean and at optimal performance levels. Below you will find proper methods for sanitizing technology you may encounter in classrooms, labs, and other areas, as well as some tips on how to clean your personal devices.

General Guidelines

  • Before and after touching a device (especially one that is shared, such as printers and lab computers), wash your hands or use hand sanitizer as recommended by the CDC.
  • Turn off the device before sanitizing, when possible.
  • Do not apply or spray liquid cleaning agents directly onto the device. Instead, wipe the surface with a cleaning agent and remove excess liquid.  Ensure no moisture enters between the device's gaps or buttons, since this can damage components and cause device failure.
  • For shared devices, sanitize high-touch areas before and after use, when possible.

These guidelines are applicable to:

  • Display or touch screens (such as those on phones, computers, printers, copiers, etc.)
  • Keyboards and keypads (such as those on desk phones, computers, printers, copiers, etc.)
  • Technology covers or cases (such as those on mobile phones, computers, etc.)
  • Handsets or headsets (such as those on desk phones, etc.)
  • Controllers (such as those for televisions, gaming consoles, etc.)

Read more detailed cleaning tips for electronics.

Resources

If you have questions about a specific type of device, it is a good idea to perform an online search for the manufacturer's cleaning or sanitization recommendations. Below are links to a few common ones:

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Article ID: 108553
Created
Wed 5/27/20 3:19 PM
Modified
Thu 7/9/20 2:18 PM
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