Do you know that your computer and laptop keyboard is likely 20,000 times dirtier than the toilet seat?
With the world shifting to work from home mode because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, laptops and personal computer systems are driving a good portion of the workforce.
Since the world is struggling to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a renewed urgency towards hygiene as well as cleanliness. Hence, it is important to know how to disinfect our gadgets including laptops to make ourselves safer in our homes.
Before we start with the tips and tricks for sanitizing your laptops, it is important to understand the difference between cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning refers to the “removal” of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces, while disinfecting refers to using chemicals to “kill” germs on surfaces.
To disinfect any gadgets or laptops, you should always use an alcohol-based solution that consists of 30 percent water and 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.
Follow the below-mentioned steps to make your laptop germ free:
• First of all, wear disposable gloves and disconnect the power cable.
• Ensure the outsides of the machine are dry before you switch it on, but before that, wash your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and dispose the cleaning gloves in the meantime.
• If the battery of your laptop is removable, take it out. Also, if there are any external devices like a pen drive or SD card remove it before you proceed.
• Always use approved COVID-19 disinfectants that are safe for computers, laptop accessories, and electronics.
• Always use PDI Sani-Cloth Plus, Covidien Alcohol Prep Pads, Cavi Wipes, or any similar wipes with IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) solution under 70% to sanitize your system. Since they do not have any negative impact on your screens, gently and carefully wipe the hard, nonporous surface of the item. This includes the display, touchscreen keyboard, mouse, and the exterior surface of the item.
(All these sanitization wipes can be used safely on all colors of fabric, keyboard and trackpad along with the any silver and graphite gold aluminum enclosures. Also, total solutions wipe can be used safely on Burgundy and Cobalt Blue aluminum enclosures.)
• Always sanitize the monitor by using a disinfectant wipe specifically designed for LCD and laptop screens.
• Remove dirt, dust, and crumbs from the keyboard by using a can of compressed air. Hold the can about 6 inches from the keyboard and spray along the perimeter of each key.
• Sanitize the keyboard by using a disinfectant wipe or a soft, linen-free cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Rub the cloth or wipe on the top and sides of each key and then clean the surface and bottom of the keyboard thoroughly.
• Always use a fresh disinfectant wipe or cloth to clean the mouse.
• Dampen a microfiber cloth with plain water. Gently wipe the computer monitor to remove dirt and fingerprints. Avoid placing pressure on the screen. Pushing on the screen can damage the pixels of a flat-screen monitor.
After disinfecting, follow the cleaning procedure from the wipe supplier to minimize the chemical buildup of disinfectant residue (i.e. wiping away any residual disinfectant after the prescribed contact time).
Basic Expert Recommendations:
- If you have concerns about the cleaning product being used, please refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations and warning label.
- When using a disinfectant wipe, it is necessary to follow the contact time found on the label. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the recommended contact time.
- Do not use fabric or leather surfaces on items, since this can scratch or damage the items.
- Do not use bleach to disinfect computers and electronics.
- Don’t spray any liquid directly on the computing device.
- Ensure that no liquid spills on the device and no liquid seeps into the keyboard or the ports or even the display hinge.
- Do not wipe on connector pins.
- Do not use wipes containing sodium hypochlorite (bleach).
- Always remember that the disinfecting wipes designed for medical use may cause discoloration, harm surfaces, or even affect the functionality of your device.
Although you may find it a daunting task to sanitize your computers and laptops, but it is necessary to clean and sanitize them regularly in this pandemic situation going on. We hope these tips will simplify your cleaning process.