BSD Electronic Sanitization Guidelines

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First and foremost, hand washing is critical.  In addition, care must be taken when cleaning electronics to avoid damage to the item. Please follow the guidance below to ensure you do not damage your device during cleaning.

  • Turn off the device you plan to clean and disconnect AC power. Also remove batteries from laptops (when possible) or items like wireless keyboards. Never clean a product while it is powered on or plugged in.
  • Disconnect any external devices.
  • Never spray cleaners directly onto the item.
  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
  • Do not get moisture into any openings.
  • Do not use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.
Which products should I use?

  • A moist microfiber cloth with a mixture of 70% isopropyl alcohol / 30% water can be used to clean your devices. The cloth should be damp, but not dripping wet. Excess moisture should be removed if the cloth is wet before wiping the product.
    NOTE: Do not use isopropyl alcohol around an open flame.
  • Clorox Disinfecting Wipes or similar products may also be used. Ensure the product contains no bleach. The wipe should be damp, but not dripping wet.

Avoid using any of the following chemicals or products containing these chemicals:

  • Any chlorine-based cleaner, such as bleach
  • Peroxides (including hydrogen peroxide)
  • Solvents such as; acetone, paint thinner, benzene, methylene chloride or toluene
  • Ammonia (i.e. Windex)
  • How often should I disinfect

    • Devices in a shared space should be cleaned after each personal shift.
    • Consider disinfecting mobile devices that are frequently handled such as cell phones at the same time you wash your hands.
    • All other devices should be cleaned at the least, when transferring to another person.