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With the rapid spread of COVID-19, concerns about cleaning and sanitizing surfaces have never been greater. Particularly in public areas, where many people come in contact with a surface. Touchscreen computers are all around us, in kiosks, digital signage, healthcare facilities, manufacturing plants, at the grocery store, and on our appliances.
Viruses can live on surfaces for days. A recent study found that the virus that causes COVID-19 “can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 72 hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on copper for 4 hours.” Another study found that similar viruses can live “on metal, plastic, and glass surfaces at room temperature for four to five days, and could persist for up to nine days depending on temperature and humidity.” (As mentioned on msn.com) So, if the virus is passed onto a touchscreen, another user can pick it up days later. It is important to disinfect surfaces frequently to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus and other germs.
Furthermore, a great way to build confidence with your customers is to publicly display your cleaning procedure, so they know the measures you are taking to protect them. No one wants to touch a dirty screen, so let your end users know how you are taking steps to protect them. Download this one-page touchscreen and computer cleaning guide, to remind employees about cleaning procedures and let your customers or patients know you’re doing your part to cut down on the spread of COVID-19.
While COVID-19 is still rapidly spreading, you should disinfect your devices at least once per day. If you’re using a shared device, you should disinfect it between each user. During non-flu season, once per week is appropriate. You should always disinfect your personal devices after you come into contact with a higher than normal amount of bacteria or germs, such as an airport or clinic.
Since industrial touchscreen computers are usually used frequently and by multiple users, you should disinfect the computer daily. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is ideal to disinfect the computer between each user. You can leave disinfectant spray, wipes, and instructions next to shared workstations.
There are two main ways to give a computer antimicrobial properties. One is to add antimicrobial properties to polymers and other materials that resist microbial growth right into the plastic. The antimicrobial polymer is diffused into the bacterial cell wall which starts the destruction of the bacteria. The other is to add a coating to the computer that creates an inhabitable surface for microbes. Microbes include bacteria, fungi, algae, and viruses. Antimicrobial plastic decreases the amount of bacteria on the surface by 99% compared to regular plastics. Both types prevent and kill bacteria faster one way then another.
While it may sound like antimicrobial computers are immune to any and all germs, they’re not. Dirt and oils can sit on the surface and give microbes a place to live, and antimicrobial coatings can wear over time. So, it is important to regularly clean and disinfect antimicrobial computers.
Computers used in high traffic areas, like airport check-in terminals and ticketing kiosks, should be disinfected at least daily. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s ideal to disinfect the computer between each user. Healthcare facilities have unique cleaning procedures and you should follow the procedures of the healthcare facility.
Stainless steel computers are used in many different types of environments, from clean rooms to messy food production environments. How you disinfect them can vary greatly depending on use. Listed below are some common cleaning procedures that may or may not be the best procedure for your facility. You should always check the user manual or contact the manufacturer to understand how to disinfect the computer.
If you are unsure about how to disinfect your Teguar computer, contact us today.