Guidance on Cleaning and Sanitizing High Touch Electronics


Learn what to do and what to avoid while cleaning and sanitizing high touch electronics.


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Post COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines

The university guidance for cleaning in a Post COVID environment is provided here

Cleaning and Disinfecting Computers and Electronics

General guidance on cleaning and sanitizing high-touch electronics such as computers, laptops, computer accessories (mice and keyboards), touchscreen devices, printers, and copiers (referred to as electronics) also is provided. Electronics in shared and public locations should be frequently cleaned and sanitized. If you are returning a device to your workspace, the same guidance applies. Check the manufacturer's instructions if you are unsure about cleaning a device. 

General Cleaning Tips

Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for specific cleaning requirements.

Chemicals to Avoid

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    • Wear your mask, as appropriate, while sanitizing equipment.
    • Follow product recommendations on wearing gloves while using cleansers, disinfectants, etc.   
    • 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 the equipment
    • Avoid excessive scrubbing
    • Do not submerge electronics in water, cleansers, disinfectants, etc.
    • 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, etc.
    • Wash your hands before and after cleaning electronics
    • Chlorine-based cleaners, such as bleach
    • Peroxides including hydrogen peroxide
    • Solvents such as acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride
    • Ammonia such as Windex
    • Ethyl alcohol


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