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Posted on: May 8, 2020

COVID-19 and Electronics: How to Disinfect the Electronics You Use the Most

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Learn how to disinfect the electronics that you use the most on a daily basis.

Laptop Devices: You can clean the keyboard, trackpad and case using a non-corrosive sanitizing wipe. The screen is only to be cleaned with a mild soap and slightly damp soft rag. Always apply the cleaning solution to the cloth, never the monitor. The softer the rag the better, however microfiber cloth is preferred.

Monitor/TV: Monitors/TVs are only to be cleaned with mild soap and a slightly damp soft rag. Always apply the cleaning solution to the cloth, never the monitor. The softer the rag the better, however microfiber cloth is preferred. Sanitizing and cleaning products will damage the protective film on the monitor/TV and may seep into the housing damaging the electronics.

Cell Phones: Follow manufacturer’s cleaning procedures. Apple encourages non-corrosive sanitizing wipes such as a Clorox wipe or 70% Rubbing Alcohol. Samsung suggests using 70% Rubbing Alcohol on a soft rag to clean their phones.

Desk Phones: Desk phones can be wiped down with a non-corrosive sanitizing wipe. Most disinfecting wipes will be fine. Do not spray sanitizer on these items as it will damage them.

Computer Tower: Most disinfecting wipes will be fine.

Keyboard / Mouse: The keyboard and mouse can be wiped down with a non-corrosive sanitizing wipes. Most disinfecting wipes will be fine. Do not spray sanitizer on these items as it will damage them.

Signature Pads: Rubbing Alcohol is the only chemical than can be used on signature pads. Using any product other than rubbing alcohol will damage the electronics. Prep pads can be used on the signature pads.

Smart Card Readers: Rubbing Alcohol is the only chemical than can be used on smart card readers. Using any product other than rubbing alcohol will damage the electronics. Prep pads can be used on the smart card readers.

Finger Print Devices: Follow the manufacturer’s cleaning procedures.

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