Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
With home learning and working from home, it is always a good idea to safely sanitize your technology on a regular basis. Although the information below is geared towards the prevention of COVID-19, the cleaning techniques described can be used to generally clean and disinfect not only a Chromebook, but laptops, desktops, and tablets. The same process can also be used for any external peripherals like a Bluetooth keyboard, wireless mouse or even your phone.
How to properly clean and disinfect your Chromebook:
You will need some bleach-free disinfectant wipes or a solution of 40 percent of rubbing alcohol and 60 percent distilled water. Using full-strength rubbing alcohol can damage the oil-repellent (oleophobic) coating that helps to keep smudges off the screen. You will also need a couple of microfiber cloths or any cleaning cloths that are linen free. Lastly, a can of compressed air is optional if you want to remove any dust that might be hiding in your Chromebook but this step isn’t necessary for disinfecting purposes.
Harsh cleaning supplies like bleach should never be used on your electronics since they can also damage the screen and other parts of your Chromebook. Also, avoid any abrasive cleaning brushes or cleaning pads that might scratch the surfaces of your Chromebook. Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto your Chromebook or any electronic for that matter. You should always apply the cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth and then apply it to the device to avoid any liquid getting into the device and causing damage. With those warnings out the way, let’s get started cleaning and disinfecting your Chromebook and technology.
Step 1 – Completely power down your Chromebook or device and unplug the power cord if you are cleaning a Chromebox.
Step 2 – Disconnect any cables or peripherals that are plugged into your Chromebook or your device. This will allow you to access and clean every part of the device.
Step 3 – Use the compressed air to remove larger pieces of dirt or dust that might be in your keyboard and ports. When using compressed air, only give it a few short bursts and never turn the can upside-down.
Step 4 – Use the disinfectant wipe or apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol solution to the cloth and completely wipe down the entire Chromebook or device, including the screen and around each key of the keyboard. Use a small amount of pressure to remove any fingerprints or smudges on the screen, but not too much since this could damage the display. If you aren’t comfortable using the cleaning solution on the screen, you can buy disinfectant wipes specifically designed for LCD and laptop screens.
Step 5 – After everything is dry, you can use a dry microfiber to buff the screen to remove any haze that might be lingering on the display from the disinfection process. SOURCE: https://chromeunboxed.com/5-steps-how-to-clean-disinfect-chromebook-prevent-coronavirus-spread-covid19/
How to Clean Headphones and Earbuds
If your children are using headphones or earbuds while using their technology to get their school work done, don’t forget to clean and sanitize them.
Things you need:
Rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer
Hold your earphones with the mesh side facing downwards. Using a dry, soft toothbrush (preferably a children’s toothbrush), brush the wire mesh gently to dislodge any dirt or clogged ear wax. Tap the non-mesh side/logo side of the earbuds to help knock some of the debris off.
Dampen a Q-tip/cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and gently wipe down the exterior of the ear pads. Then soak a Q-tip/cotton ball in alcohol/hand sanitizer and use it to clean the nooks and crevices of the ear pads. Dampen a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer and do a quick wipe over the metal mesh as well as the wires.
Follow these extra two steps if your earbuds have silicone ear tips.
Remove the silicone ear tips and soak them in slightly soapy warm water for about 5 minutes.
Rinse the silicone sleeves, give them a good wipe down and leave them to dry completely on paper towels before reattaching them.
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Thank you and stay healthy!
Dr. Christine Coleman
Director of Informational & Instructional Technology