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Keep Your Technology Clean

Our phones, laptops, keyboards, and other devices can be breeding grounds for germs, and they can't always be cleaned with the same cleaning products that we use elsewhere. Read on for some tips from our IT department.
Laptop, Tablet and Phone Screens
In general, make sure to never use water or soap near your screen. Instead, unplug your equipment, grab a microfiber cloth or pad, and watch it instantly remove fingerprints, streaks, and smudges. If you need to, add a little bit of water. In most cases, that should be all you need. If you have a more hearty build-up of spots or gunk, resist the urge to press hard and wet the cloth with a 50-50 mix of water and white vinegar. You can use a special monitor cleaner if you desire, but the vinegar/water mix should work just fine. If you can, use distilled water instead of tap water, since tap water is likely to leave white spots on your screen from salt or other deposits.
 
Remember, as you're doing this, that you want to use a soft cloth, preferably microfiber. Do not use anything paper-based, like paper towel, Kleenex, or toilet paper, since it can scratch up your monitor. If you don't have a microfiber cloth, coffee filters will do in a pinch. Also, remember never to spray any liquid on the monitor itself—always spray it on your cloth first.
 
Keyboard Surface and Keys
All you need is a soft brush to sweep away any dust and dirt in those hard-to-reach areas, and a microfiber pad to clean the rest of the surfaces you touch every time you grab your keyboard.
 
Be wary of disinfectant sprays; many are strong enough that you wouldn’t want to keep your hands in contact with them for very long. Try to find ones that are electronics-friendly. One preferred option is to use an isopropyl alcohol solution.
 
Be sure to use isopropyl and NOT ethyl, as the harsher ethyl alcohol can take the lettering off of the keys. Anything about 60% alcohol or less is fine; higher concentrations don’t really help kill more germs, but it also won’t hurt. Take a little alcohol solution and moisten an old rag or a paper towel with it. Do NOT pour it into the keyboard. A wet napkin is enough. Scrub it over the tops of the keys, and use a wet cotton swab to go down in between them.
 
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