Many of us are either back in the office or plan to be soon, and as some of us go back, it’s important to take steps to make sure we do so safely. One way of doing this is by making sure that our devices stay clean, and unlike other surfaces, we can’t just douse them in Lysol. Moisture in general doesn’t have the best relationship with computers. So, here are a few simple steps on how to and how not to clean your computers, keyboards, mice, tablets, and phones:
· First, make sure your device is unplugged, or if it uses batteries, take the batteries out.
· Use 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes or Lysol and Clorox disinfecting wipes to wipe down non-porous surfaces.
· If you don’t have wipes accessible, you can use a lent free cloth that’s been sprayed with 70% isopropyl alcohol. It’s important to note that you should not spray the rubbing alcohol directly onto your devices, because there is a chance it could get into the nooks and crannies, possibly resulting in a short circuit.
· When cleaning a keyboard, turn it upside down to minimize the possibility of liquid getting under the keys.
· After wiping down your device, wait 5-10 minutes to plug it back in or put in the batteries.
What not to do:
· Never use bleach or aerosol sprays
· Avoid abrasive cloths, towels or paper towels
· Do not spray clearers directly onto the device