How to clean your work laptop and work station

It’s the flu season and the best defense is to keep your hands clean by washing your hands.  However, your hands are only as clean as the surfaces you are touching, such as your laptop, keyboard, and mouse.

WJC IT Office is recommending the following cleaning directions for your reference.

1. Always, Unplug First!

Make sure whichever devices you are cleaning have been unplugged and not powered.  If this is a laptop, please make sure it is unplugged from the power source and the laptop is turned off completely.  If your laptop has a removable battery, please remove the battery from the laptop as well.  If you don’t unplug your device, there is a danger of electrically shorting and damage your device during the cleaning process.  If it is a wireless device, please make sure you have turn it off and remove the battery if possible.

2. Dusting

If you have access to compressed air, use the compressed air to blow off any dust on your devices.  WJC Office has a compressed air machine that you can use.  We strongly recommend that you do the dusting out-doors or in a space that is well ventilated.  If you don’t have access to compressed air, you can use a dry microfiber or any non-abrasive cloth to try to remove as much dust from the device as possible.

3. Spray, and Wipe!

You don’t need special solutions or sprays to clean computer devices.  However, you do need to treat keyboard/mouse and laptop/desktop monitors separately, since certain chemicals may damage the surface protective membrane of an LCD monitor.

 For “Seal Shield” Medical Keyboards – you can put it in a dish-washer!  More instruction at the bottom of the article.

 For standard Keyboards, Mice, and any other computer or laptop surfaces other than the monitor:

  1. Any non-bleach disinfectant sanitary wipes will do.  Just remember to tightly squeeze the wipes and drain any excess liquid before wiping.
  2. If wipes are not available, you can also lightly spread the surface with very fine spray using rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, and then wiping it down using non-abrasive cloths.
  3. Allow things to be completely dry for 10-15 minutes before plugging it back in.

 For Monitors: 

  1. No harsh chemicals!  For cleaning, use a non-abrasive cloth and make it barely damp with water, spray the rubbing alcohol to the cloth, and then wipe down the monitor.
  2. OR, you can use a spray bottle and create a spraying solution of 50/50 alcohol and water, lightly spray the monitor surface and then wipe it down with a non-abrasive cloth.

 For “Seal Shield” Medical Keyboards:

Some of you have a “Seal Shield” medical keyboard (you will see the “Seal Shield” logo on the top-right of your keyboard) - the keyboard is dish-washer safe.  You can still clean it like a normal keyboard.  However, if you wish to put it in the dishwasher, please follow the instruction below:

  1. Unplug your keyboard and gently tapping the keyboard with keys facing down to remove any debris.
  2. Secure the rubber cap (see left) over the keyboard USB connector so the water doesn’t get into the head of the connector
  3. Place into a dishwasher with dishwashing detergent and using a standard washing cycleDO NOT HEATED DRYING.
  4. Remove it from the dishwasher, wipe away excess surface moisture.  Be sure that it is completely dry before plugging back into the computer.

 Wish you Good Health, Happy Life!

You can also search other FAQs and tips on our support website – http://support.williamjames.edu

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