Currently, no disinfecting product claims to work against an emerging pathogen and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at the same time, but there are products that claim to work against the Coronavirus. Also, although the cleaning methods described have been identified as safe for these surfaces and situations, because COVID-19 has only recently emerged, the effectiveness of these techniques for eradicating COVID-19 has not been confirmed by laboratory testing.
NOTE: When considering how to clean electronics, you should always check your manufacturer’s instructions first, as the use of some products is not advised. If your device is damaged at some point, veering from the manufacturer’s instructions could result in the nullification of any warranties you might have.
CAUTION: Before cleaning any electronic device, turn the device off and unplug from all power sources to avoid personal injury or damage to the device.
Turn off power to your machine to prevent damage or a nasty shock. For computers, you should power down and then unplug the device. You’ll also want to unplug the individual monitors. Unplug laptops and remove their batteries if your model allows for this to be done.
Gently wipe the monitor free of smears or dust using a microfibre cloth.
If this doesn’t work, use a solution of diluted dish soap. According to experts, you’ll only need a single drop of soap and the water should be warm.
Dip a clean microfibre cloth into the disinfectant solution and thoroughly wring it out. This is especially important when you’re cleaning laptops, as you don’t want liquid to drip down through the keys.
Gently wipe your display with the dampened cloth.
Let sit per the recommended contact time per the Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens claims.
Rinse all the disinfectant solution out of this cloth and wring it out again. Go back over your display to remove any residue.
Once more, gently wipe your screen, this time using a dry microfibre cloth.
How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard and Mouse
Disconnect the power source.
For computers, you should power down and then unplug the device. Additionally, unplug the keyboard and mouse from the computer. Remove the batteries first if you use a wireless keyboard or mouse. Laptops should be unplugged. Remove the laptop batteries if possible.
Clean the keyboard.
Spray the keyboard with canned air to remove any leftover crumbs or dust.
Lightly dab a cotton swab in your disinfecting solution. Don’t oversaturate the swab, as you want to prevent moisture from falling in between the keys.
Swab each of the keys using a light circular motion. You’ll want to do a spot test first to be sure the disinfectant solution doesn’t remove any lettering.
Clean the mouse.
Dampen a microfibre cloth with the disinfectant solution. Do not to oversaturate the cloth.
Gently wipe down the mouse. Do not drip solution in the cracks of the mouse.
Dry the keys and mouse. 1. Use a microfibre cloth. Do not replace any batteries or plug in your machine until the keys and mouse are completely dry.
How to Disinfect Cellphones and Tablets
Power down and unplug your device.
Dampen a microfibre cloth with the disinfectant solution. Do not oversaturate the cloth.