Cleaning and Disinfecting
Facing a global pandemic has made a lot of people think more about what they're touching and how they physically interact with the world.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Touchable Electronics
Facing a global pandemic has made a lot of people think more about what they're touching and how they physically interact with the world. Touchscreens have become ubiquitous to most, so how do we reconcile the concern for safety and still leverage the advantages of a touchscreen?
Before we get into the differences between cleaning and disinfecting, one of the best things to do near a touchscreen or really any public touchpoint is to provide hand sanitizer for use before and after interacting with the device.
Beyond that, it is important to regularly clean and disinfect these public use devices. No, they are not the same thing; cleaning involves removing grime or dirt, but disinfecting entails killing germs, and they should be done in that order.
How you care for an item depends on what the device is. It's always best to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting their products. There is some variability to what they recommend, but in general, mild soap and water are good for cleaning, and 70% isopropyl alcohol is good for disinfecting.
If possible, it's a good idea to unplug devices before cleaning them, and remember that electronics typically don't like moisture, so don't apply cleaners directly, but instead by means of non-abrasive cloth.
There are also ways to minimize or remove touchpoints, by bringing experiences to users personal mobile devices. QR codes placed near public display or touchscreen, can direct users to mobile friendly versions of content.
- Mild soap and water (indirectly applied)
- 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Soft lint-free cloth
- Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels or similar
- Greater than 70% isopropyl alcohol
- Non-diluted bleach
Note: Always check with the equipment manufacturer and the CDC for specific cleaning/disinfecting guidance.
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