Your Guide to Sanitizing Laptops, Tablets, Phones, and other Devices
Keeping your office and home devices clean is important, now more than ever; but be sure to clean them without harming them. Use this guide to help safely clean those devices.
You will need:
- Soft cloths (e.g., eye glasses clothes)
- Isopropyl alcohol or bleach-free disinfectant wipes
Sanitizing a Computer
- Do not use excess force when cleaning the keyboard, mouse or monitor
- Never use bleach or abrasive cleaning products to disinfect computers and phones
Sanitizing a Phone or Tablet
- Wash your hands
- Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
- Disconnect the monitor, keyboard and mouse and remove any batteries installed in the devices. If you are sanitizing a laptop, make sure the laptop is turned off. Remove the battery and make sure it is unplugged as well. Open the laptop after disconnecting the battery.
- Remove dirt, dust, and crumbs from the keyboard by using a can of compressed air. Hold the can about six inches from the keyboard and spray along the perimeter of each key.
- Sanitize the keyboard by using a disinfectant wipe or soft, linen-free cloth dipped in isopropyl alcohol. If using isopropyl alcohol, a little goes a long way.
- Rub the cloth or wipe on the top and sides of each key and then wipe the surface and bottom of the keyboard. Use a new disinfectant wipe or cloth to clean the mouse. Do not use these materials to clean the monitor/screen.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with plain water. Gently wipe the computer monitor to remove dirt and fingerprints. Avoid placing pressure on the screen. Sanitize the monitor by using a disinfectant wipe specifically designed for LCD and laptop screens.
- After reassembling the equipment, wash your hands again.
- Wash your hands.
- Unplug the phone from the power source.
- Remove dirt from the keypad, if applicable, ports, and speaker by using a can of compressed air. Hold the can about six inches from the surface when spraying.
- Wipe the surface of the phone by using a bleach-free disinfectant wipe or a soft cloth dabbed in isopropyl alcohol. Remember, if using isopropyl alcohol, a little goes a long way. Use a separate cloth or disinfectant wipe to clean the entire surface of the headset, including the speaker and microphone.
- After reassembling any equipment that needs it, wash your hands again.
(Katie Austing, Superior Support Resources, 2020.)