Disinfecting your Tech

Some of you are headed back to the office in the coming weeks. That means you’re bringing technology back to the office from your home. So, let’s talk about disinfection. We won’t get into what kinds of bacteria and how much of it is lurking on device surfaces (it’s a lot!) but rather how to properly clean them.

Laptop and Computer Screens

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe off any visible dust so as not to scratch your screen.
  3. Dip the microfiber cloth in diluted dish soap and water.
  4. Wring it out very well & gently wipe down the surface.
  5. Rinse cloth and go over once more to remove any soap residue.
  6. Let dry before powering back on.


  1. Disconnect power source (batteries, plugs, etc.).
  2. If you have it, gently spray out the crevices with canned air.
  3. Thoroughly wipe down keys with disinfecting wipe. To take this a step further, dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol being careful not to over-saturate. Lightly wipe each key and cracks in between.
  4. Let dry before powering back on.

Touchscreens and Mobile Devices

  1. Ideally, touchscreens should be wiped down every day but sometimes that’s not possible.
  2. Turn off device.
  3. Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or any brand of disinfecting wipes, gently wipe all surfaces of your device, avoiding any openings.

 * Do not use bleach. Do not spray cleaning solutions directly onto devices. Do not use paper towels as these can scratch the screen.

** Mobile and tablet covers can be cleaned by submerging in diluted dish soap and water. Be sure cover is completely dry before putting it back on your device.


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