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The below suggestions have been compiled from a number of different sources

Computers and related products are often considered “high touch” items especially in common shared areas such as libraries and computer labs. Routine cleaning and disinfecting of computer surfaces in common shared locations is strongly recommended. These guidelines can also be used for the personal care and disinfecting of your individual computer products.

General Guidelines

Computer products are made with a variety of materials, and each material might have specific cleaning requirements. To get started, here are some tips that apply to all products:

Do

  • Use a 70% Isopropyl alcohol wipe for any display surfaces
  • wipe down before and after checking out equipment
  • use keyboard and mouse covers whenever possible on shared equipment, and wipe down covers between users
  • bring your own computer to the classroom to connect to the podium, and wipe down the podium when you leave
  • keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products
  • use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, paper towels, or similar items.

Don’t

  • Use an ammonia based product, such as Vindicator+ on any display (monitors, TVs, or digital signs)
  • use bleach for any technology surfaces
  • spray any liquids directly on surface – using a soft cloth, spray the cloth, then wipe the surfaces
  • forget to wash your hands or use hand-sanitizer after checking in or out equipment
  • get moisture into any openings.
  • excessively wipe equipment, which might cause damage.

Other Guidelines

APPROVED DISINFECTANTS FOR CORONAVIRUS

Due to the sensitive nature of computer electronics special consideration should be taken to clean these products to minimize the potential of damaging the computer during cleaning or with the cleaning product.

Octyl Decyl Dimethyl Ammonium Chloride (Spray) ---- “Vindicator+”

Provided by Facilities.

When using Vindicator+, apply spray to dry wipe provided by Facilities.

DO NOT USE THIS, OR OTHER AMMONIA BASED PRODUCT ON MONITOR DISPLAYS, SUCH AS LAPTOPS AND MONITORS SCREENS. IT IS CORROSIVE AND CAN DAMAGE THE SCREEN.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Wipe)

Due to higher costs, these can be requested in certain circumstances and are provided by Facilities.

Special Circumstances includes: Technical Workspaces, Computer Labs, Checkout Technology Desks, Classroom Computer Labs, and Classrooms with Required Shared Devices.

Please Note: These wipes are on order and may not be available until late-July.

You may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Be sure to follow all manufacturer’s recommendations and warning labels when using any cleaning product.

Don't use bleach.

As much as possible, avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don't submerge your product in any cleaning agents.

Monitors & Displays

Please remember to NOT use Ammonia-based cleaners on monitors and displays. You can use =<70% Isopropyl alcohol products (IPA)

TO REQUEST VINDICATOR+ SPRAY OR 70% ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL WIPES - SUBMIT SERVICE REQUEST FORM TO ESU FACILITIES

CLASSROOM PODIUM AND INSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY

Consider bringing your own laptop into the classroom and connecting to podium.

* Be sure to still wipe down the podium and any connections to technology in the space.

* Check with IT if you are unsure how to do this in your specific classroom.

Use wipeable cover for keyboard.

* Wipeable keyboard covers can be used for easier cleaning but may incur an additional cost.

* IT Recommended Covers:

^ ULINE Plastic Bag Cover - Generic

^ These can be provided by IT at no cost to the department. Recommended Model S10877 (7 x 18”)

Universal Silicone Cover for Standard Keyboard

* These can also be used but the cost is incurred by the department. Recommended Universal Model: MUBUY-GOL

IT will place a ULINE cover over all classroom podium computer keyboards and leave a small number of additional covers in the podium for faculty to replace cover if torn or worn.

Disinfecting Stations & Equipment

Wipe down keyboard, mouse, podium, and any other technology used in the classroom BEFORE and AFTER use.

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

Encourage students to bring their own device rather than passing out shared devices.

OPEN COMPUTER LABS & SKYSTATION KIOSKS

Provide Signage (Hand washing, Masks, Technology Care, and General).

Encourage use of hand sanitizer or hand-washing before and after use.

Socially Distance Stations. Mark (or disable) stations that cannot be used.

Because open computer labs are not often monitored, it may be necessary to “disable” a station, disconnect and remove power cables, keyboards, and mice. Keep an inventory and store these devices in a central office or give to IT for storage.

Encourage Checkout Laptops from IT.

Encourage students to use checkout laptops from IT if they need a device to limit touchpoints of shared computers.

Use wipeable cover for keyboard.

Wipeable keyboard covers can be used for easier cleaning but may incur an additional cost.

IT Recommended Covers:

ULINE Plastic Bag Cover - Generic

These can be provided by IT at no cost to the department.

Recommended Model S10877 (7 x 18”)

Universal Silicone Cover for Standard Keyboard

These can also be used but the cost is incurred by the department.

Recommended Universal Model: MUBUY-GOL

Disinfecting Stations & Equipment

Provide disposable wipe station. Ask patrons to wipe keyboard and mouse BEFORE use.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Wipe) – can be provided by Facilities upon Service Request

Recommend limiting one wipe per person, per instance.

Develop disinfecting procedures and assign an employee to disinfect all stations 3 times a day.

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

Consider limiting 24/7 access to space to minimize cleaning touchpoints.

PRIVATE COMPUTER LABS & COMPUTER LABS WITHIN CLASSROOMS

Provide Signage (Hand washing, Masks, Technology Care, and General).

Encourage use of hand sanitizer or hand-washing before and after use.

Socially Distance Stations. Mark stations that cannot be used or work with IT to properly “disable” those computer stations.

Use wipeable cover for keyboard.

Wipeable keyboard covers can be used for easier cleaning but may incur an additional cost.

IT Recommended Covers:

ULINE Plastic Bag Cover - Generic

These can be provided by IT at no cost to the department.

Recommended Model S10877 (7 x 18”)

Universal Silicone Cover for Standard Keyboard

These can also be used but the cost is incurred by the department.

Recommended Universal Model: MUBUY-GOL

Disinfecting Stations & Equipment

Provide disposable wipe station. Ask patrons to wipe keyboard and mouse BEFORE use.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Wipe) – can be provided by Facilities upon Service Request

Recommend limiting one wipe per person, per instance.

Develop disinfecting procedures and assign an employee to disinfect all stations 3 times a day.

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

Consider limiting 24/7 access to space.

SHARING DEVICES

Avoid sharing of devices as much as possible.

If a device must be shared -- Disinfecting Stations & Equipment

Provide disposable wipe station. Ask patrons to wipe keyboard and mouse BEFORE use.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Wipe) – can be provided by Facilities upon Service Request

Recommend limiting one wipe per person, per instance.

OR

Disinfect device BEFORE and AFTER it is handed out.

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

Provide Signage (Hand washing, Masks, Technology Care, and General).

Encourage use of hand sanitizer or hand-washing before and after use.

CHECKOUT EQUIPMENT

Provide Signage (Hand washing, Masks, Technology Care, and General).

Encourage use of hand sanitizer or hand-washing before and after use.

Schedule appointments for pickups and drop-offs to limit traffic congestion.

Disinfecting Equipment

Wipe keyboard and mouse BEFORE use.

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (Wipe) – can be provided by Facilities upon Service Request

Recommend limiting one wipe per person, per instance.

OR

Disinfect device BEFORE and AFTER it is handed out.

Use the Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Spray the cleaning solution onto the wipe and wipe down the keyboard, mouse, and other technology touchpoints. Do not directly spray the technology.

Encourage use of hand sanitizer or hand-washing before and after pickup and drop-off.

OFFICE & PERSONAL EQUIPMENT

Wash hands regularly throughout the day.

Limit others from using your office or personal technology equipment.

DAILY wipe down and disinfect your keyboard, device and other devices (printer, scanner, phone, etc.).

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

DIGITAL SIGNAGE

Non-Interactive (non-touch)

Leave devices turned on, 24/7/365. This minimizes it as a touchpoint.

Interactive & Wayfinding

Interactive stations, by their nature, are touched by multiple people.

TURNED OFF

To prevent interactive stations as a touchpoint, needing disinfecting, departments can TURN OFF these devices.

TURNED ON

Similar to elevators, it is encouraged that user uses their knuckle rather than finger.

If using Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities, apply spray to a wipe and wipe down bezel, power buttons, etc. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

For the screen, apply 70% alcohol to wipe, or use pre-made wipe, to wipe down screen. Use a microfiber cloth to remove residue.

PRINTERS AND OTHER SHARED PERIPHERALS

Wash hands before / after use.

Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before adding paper to printer.

Assign someone in the office to regularly wipe down shared network printers, copiers, and other multifunction devices.

Use Vindicator+ spray and wipes provided by Facilities.

Apply spray to a wipe and wipe down keyboards and mice, and other technology touchpoints. Do not spray solution directly onto technology.

Similar to elevators, it is encouraged that user uses their knuckle rather than finger.

SKYPRINT STATIONS

IT will contact each site partner of SkyPrint Stations to recommend that they be wiped down / disinfected, daily.

IT will also ask Facilities or Res-Life to wipe these devices down as a “touch point” during their daily disinfecting procedures of commons areas.

Signage will be placed by SkyPrint Stations to remind patrons of enhanced hygiene procedures.

Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before adding paper to printer.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & SOURCES