Six steps to safely sanitising your devices

22/9/20, 8:16 am

Ever baulk at a phone screen covered in fingerprints? Have you grimaced at a touch screen smeared with odd spatter? How about a handset dusted with fine, grey particles? Keeping devices free from dust and fingerprints invites use and helps prolong their life.

With staff returning to offices, it’s important to sanitise devices that people touch. This means, monitors, projectors, desk phones and remote controls.

Here are our six steps to safely cleaning devices

Step 1

Wear gloves when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.

Step 2

Turn off the device. Disconnect any peripherals and disconnect any power supply.

Step 3

Moisten a lint-free or microfibre cloth with 70% isopropyl alcohol and 30% water. Do not use paper towels or tissues because these can scratch or leave residue. Don't spray liquids directly onto the device - it may enter and cause damage.

Step 4

Gently wipe the moistened cloth across all surfaces. Go in one direction for screens to avoid streaks. For desk phones, focus on the handset and buttons.

Step 5

Allow surfaces to dry before turning devices back on.

Step 6

When finished, discard gloves and wash immediately with soap and water. Remember to hum happy birthday twice!

Additional Tips to avoid undue damage to screens and surfaces

Avoid using any of the following products:

  • Any chlorine-based cleaner like bleach
  • Peroxides including hydrogen peroxide
  • Acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride or toluene
  • Ammonia
  • Ethyl alcohol or ethyl acid

For more information on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces visit this link.