Don’t Spray Disinfectants on Technology Equipment, Learn How to Sanitize Safely

Posted on: July 20, 2020 | By: Tarah Holland | Filed under: Tech Tips, News, Service Desk, Tools & Services

Disinfectant wipesWant to safely clean and sanitize printers and other technology on campus? REMEMBER: Don’t spray disinfectants, water or other cleaners directly on technology equipment! If necessary, squeeze excess liquid from a disinfectant wipe, then clean the device.

Above all else, regularly washing and sanitizing your hands after using shared technology is recommended to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Why is this important?

While we’ve ramped up our cleaning routines on campus and at home in light of COVID-19, it’s important to be aware of the damage caused by using liquid cleaning agents on electronic devices. Fluids and moisture of any kind can wreak havoc on internal components as it seeps into openings or in between gaps and buttons. Even worse, the damage could be permanent, causing the device to fail.

This is especially true for Canon printer/copier machines. Located throughout Elon’s campus, these devices  feature dozens of sensitive internal and external components, including control touch screens and operation panels. The use of common cleaning products on these printers can lead to severe damage. Even the use of coarse paper towels or cloths can scratch surface areas on these machines.

To avoid damage, please review our helpful guide before you clean and sanitize technology equipment on campus and at home, including computers, displays, keyboards, cameras, mobile devices and more.

If you have questions, contact the Technology Service Desk at (336) 278-5200.


Tarah Holland

Tarah Holland is a Digital Content Strategist at Elon University.

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