The spring weather we’ve been waiting for is finally here! As you bid winter “farewell,” and begin the spring tradition of re-organizing your house and tending to your yard, don’t forget about another important part of spring cleaning: the cleaning of your gadgets and computing devices. If you’re not sure if this should be a necessary part of your spring cleaning routine, take a moment and reflect on your day-to-day actions at the office and ask yourself these questions:
• Have you ever politely covered your mouth to cough and then returned to typing or talking on your phone?
• Have you ever gone to the restroom and taken your cellphone with you?
• Do you ever not have a tissue handy, sneeze and then return to work on your keyboard, mouse or phone?
• Do you have a hand sanitizer at your desk? Do you re-fill it?
And finally, this disturbing statistic: recent studies have shown that a keyboard carries more than FIVE times the dirt and germs a toilet seat does. If your answers to the questions don’t convince you, the statistic should do the job. All the devices, gadgets and tech accessories you use are the forgotten ones when it comes to cleaning. This can have detrimental effects to the device and more importantly, to your health. There are easy rules you can follow to make sure you and your favorite gadgets are clean and sanitary to use.
1. Power it Down The number one rule to keep in mind before cleaning your computing devices is to make sure you turn off the device and unplug it from any chargers. Not only will this ensure your own safety, but it will avoid the opening of applications and/or clicking of random keys or buttons. Though it may pain you to turn off your phone and be disconnected for even a short amount of time, trust us, it’s necessary.
2. Keep it simple There is no need to go out and buy expensive cleaners for electronics. However, don’t use a cleaner you have lying around the house either. Bleach and even some multi-surface cleaners can scratch the screens of many gadgets. The best solution is to mix rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Always spray on a microfiber cloth first and then apply to the device. Never spray directly on the device.
3. Be Detailed When it comes to gadgets and tech accessories, remember to be tedious about the cleaning. Simply wiping down your keyboard won’t do the trick. Use Q-tips or a small electronic brush to clean out between the keys where most dirt and bacteria live. Also, canned air is a great tool to help you reach the tiniest places.
4. Wash your hands Think of washing or sanitizing your hands as the other golden rule. You never know what germs are circulating through your office and with the invention on hand sanitizer you have no excuse not to have clean hands. The more you do this, the less likely you are to spread germs to others and yourself. So do yourself and co-workers a favor and please, wash your hands!
Your gadgets will be good as new if you follow these simple rules. Happy Spring Cleaning!