With so many people touching the control panel, document feeder, output trays, and drawer handles every day, your office copiers and printers can be a hotspot for germs. Disinfecting surfaces during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a best practice to limit the survival of the virus and prevent transmission. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), current evidence suggests that the coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Here are some tips to clean the surfaces of your office technology devices:
- Try to wear disposable latex gloves while cleaning.
- Turn off and unplug your device. Never clean while it is on and plugged into an outlet.
- In a spray bottle, mix 70 percent isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol with 30 percent water (per CDC recommendations).
- Spray this mixture onto a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the surfaces to be cleaned.
- While cleaning, pay special attention to the surfaces commonly touched by users, such as buttons, touchscreens, tray handles, etc.
- Do not allow moisture to drip into open areas such as keyboards or USB ports, as this can damage your device.
- Never spray disinfectant directly onto a device.
- Make sure all surfaces have completely air-dried before plugging in and turning on the device.
- Discard latex gloves after each cleaning, and wash your hands after removing the gloves.
By utilizing these tips, you can safely disinfect the surfaces of your office equipment without damaging the device. Do not hesitate to contact the Modern Office Methods team, should you have any questions.
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