How To Safely Clean Computers And Other Devices

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You’re stuck at home to teach with what computers, printers and communications gear that you have on hand. Make sure everything’s safe to use by periodically cleaning your equipment, particularly if others at home use it. It’s also a good idea to go through this routine in your classroom when you return to school because there’s evidence that the virus can survive on surfaces for a long time.

It’s important to avoid some disinfectants that can damage electronics or plastics.

With help from the Centers for Disease Control and HP, here’s how to safely and effectively clean your electronic equipment.

  • Start by making sure the printer, computer or phone is turned off and unplugged.
  • Then, get a spray bottle of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol.
  • Put on a pair of nitrile or latex gloves.
  • Turn away from the equipment, then lightly spray the disinfectant on a dry soft cloth, which absorbs any extra liquid, leaving enough disinfectant to safely clean. A direct spray on equipment can potentially damage internal workings.
  • Use a soft cloth, not paper towel or toilet paper.
  • When done, throw away the gloves, wash your hands and launder the cloth for next time.

Crossposted at Tech & Learning University

Brian Nadel