UITS recommends how to disinfect your workspace and computer for a germ-free environment: News at IU: Indiana University
There’s never been a better time to know how to properly clean your workspace, computer, and accessories. With the cold and flu season quickly approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic changing how and where we work, it’s important to clean frequently touched surfaces, even if they are your own items.
UITS provided recommendations on how best to disinfect these areas.
Supplies you will need
- Aerosols, pump sprays or wipes containing at least 60 percent ethanol or 70 percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
- A toothpick or other sharp object to loosen dirt in hard-to-reach crevices.
Clean your mouse
- Use a damp, lint-free cloth and wipe off any obvious dirt.
- Disinfect the entire mouse with an alcohol spray or wipe, allow it to dry, then wipe off with a clean paper towel or cloth.
- Clean seams, handles or other areas where dirt can collect with a toothpick, then sanitize again.
Clean your trackpad
- Turn off and unplug your laptop.
- Sanitize the surface of the trackpad with an alcohol spray or wipes.
- Clean any grooves or spaces around the trackpad and the right and left click buttons with a toothpick.
- Wipe down the area where your hands rest on either side of the keyboard with a soft cloth, then sanitize with spray or wipes.
Clean your keyboard
- If you are using a laptop, turn it off and unplug it. If you’re using a desktop computer, disconnect your keyboard or remove the batteries if it’s wireless.
- Blow out any debris and, if the key caps can be removed, wipe down the inside of the keyboard with a wipe or alcohol solution.
- Clean the keys and surfaces with a clean damp cloth, then use a toothpick to clean between the grooves.
- Disinfect the keyboard with an alcoholic spray or wipes, as well as the sides, the tablecloth and the wrist rest if there is one.
Cleaning your monitor
- Unplug the monitor and wait for the screen to cool to the touch.
- Wipe the screen from left to right with a dry microfiber cloth to remove dust.
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with distilled water or a 50/50 mixture of distilled water and white vinegar, then wipe the screen again.
- Wipe off any excess moisture with a dry microfiber cloth.
Cleaning of touch screens inside and outside rooms equipped with AV
- Dampen a microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol.
- Wipe the glass touchscreen.
- Touch screens are not waterproof – not apply a cleaner to the interface or the plastic surrounding the glass.
For more information, see the Knowledge Base page titled “Good practices for cleaning electronic devices.“