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Cleaning and Disinfecting Computers and Electronics

The following is general guidance on cleaning and disinfecting high-touch electronics such as computers, laptops, computer accessories (mice and keyboards), touchscreen devices, printers, and copiers (referred to as electronics). Upon use, electronics in shared and public locations may be cleaned and disinfected by the user.

General Cleaning Tips

  • Follow product recommendations on wearing gloves while using cleansers, disinfectants,
  • Use a lint-free cloth, such as a screen wipe or a fabric made from microfiber
  • Use only electronics safe cleaners and wipes, such as 70% isopropyl alcohol
  • Do not use aerosol sprays, bleaching agents, or abrasive cleaners
  • Apply cleaners onto the cloth and not directly on an electronic device
  • Carefully wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of the item; including the display, touchscreen keyboard, mouse, and the exterior surfaces of equipment
  • Avoid excessive scrubbing
  • Do not submerge electronics in water, cleansers, disinfectants,
  • Ensure moisture does not get into any openings
  • Do not use cleaners on fabric or leather surfaces of the items, as this might scratch or damage the material
  • After cleaning the electronics also clean other high touch surface areas, including ---tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones,
  • Wash your hands before and after cleaning electronics

Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for specific cleaning requirements. 

Chemicals to Avoid  when  cleaning and disinfecting computers  and electronics:

  • Chlorine-based cleaners, such as bleach
  • Peroxides including hydrogen peroxide
  • Solvents such as acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride
  • Ammonia such as Windex