COVID 19 Recommendations and General Guidelines for Cleaning IT Surfaces.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend general guidelines for cleaning surfaces. These are considered best practices for the prevention of Corona virus and other viral respiratory illnesses in office settings. Additionally, Getac, one of our partner companies has provided its own guidelines for its rugged mobile devices. They tested common commercial disinfectants and recommended those that passed the sanitation tests and remain fully functional (See grid below). These cleaning guidelines can be used for any laptop, tablet, notebook, convertible or desk top computers in a general setting. They may not apply to high risk areas such as hospitals.
CDC recommendations and general guidelines:
First of all, where possible follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfection of all electronics. Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect. After each cleaning, gloves should be disposed of. If reusable gloves are used, please use them only for the purpose of cleaning and disinfecting the surface.
The CDC recommend alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol as disinfectants. Please check the most common registered household disinfectants listed on the website to wipe high-touch surfaces such as keyboards. Avoid Bleach solutions over 10% as they may damage some plastics. The CDC recommendation is approximately 2% bleach.
Getac Cleaning Guidelines
Updated March 23rd, 2020
- Wear disposable gloves made of latex when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
- Remove cables, close all port covers & doors to prevent solution ingress.
- Power off your notebook and tablet before cleaning and unplug the power cord along with other connected devices.
- It is recommended to use an Isopropyl Alcohol 70% and 30% water solution.
- Use a clean cloth to dry the surface. Do not use materials such as paper towels or toilet paper. Extra attention should be given to screw holes, raised areas, strips, and finger touch points.
- Unplugged cables should also be wiped down.
- Although Getac rugged products are IP65 rated, please do not spray any sanitizer liquids directly onto the display, cooling vents, or keyboards. Use a dry cloth or cleaning wipes.
- Ensure the disinfected surfaces are thoroughly dried before turning the device back on after cleaning. Wait until there is no visible moisture on the surfaces of the product before powering it on.
- Clean your hands after removing your gloves.
Getac selected some of the most common disinfectants and tested them. The test procedures covered the device, not the accessories. A robotic arm swiped each device 10,000 times at a pressure of 1kg/cm2. Below is the portfolio of Getac products that have passed the sanitation tests and remain fully functional.
Under normal operations, Getac devices that were sanitized with the above solutions and others with the same active ingredients were found to maintain full functionality. Getac and TCGi do not endorse any specific commercial sanitizer or manufacturer nor guarantees its effectiveness.
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