We've gotten into the habit of just dabbing a little hand sanitizer or rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and wiping down our keyboard (we recommend you pop out the batteries beforehand, unless you want to IM your friends a bunch of gibberish), mouse and the top of our desk every other day or so, sometimes more, since we're in the bad habit of eating from our desk. Keep a small travel sized bottle of hand sanitizer and paper towels or a reusable soft cloth in your drawers for easy maintenance and make sure you do it any time you've touched door nobs, have had guests use your computer, or when you've eaten around your desk [pausing]. I actually took a break while typing this post to wipe down my own setup, the thought of a bacterial Cancun Spring Break on my keyboard and the photo above enough of a motivator to give it a quick cleaning, it not just for peace of mind.
Just remember not to apply alcohol or disinfectant onto the screens of your device; we like and recommend iKlear for our monitors and screen devices without worry about ruining displays. And of course, preventive and regular cleaning habits around the desk can keep that germ count down inbetween cleanings.
Worst comes to worst, pop that keyboard into the dishwasher (though we'd be hesitant to do so, despite the a-ok).
Here are several other options to keep your space tech clean:
- Chemical-free Cleaning Solutions Made of Water
- A Quick Guide to Cleaning & Disinfecting Your Devices
- Germ Busting Tech Tips & Tricks
- How To Clean your Keyboard
- Five Germ Busting Home Gadgets
- Cyber Clean Keyboard Cleaner
- How To Create a Slighty Self Cleaning iPad Sleeve
- Isopropyl Alcohol: The Super Hero of the Tech Cleaning World
- Two Toiletries To Clean Your Computers With
- 10 Preventive Tech Solutions for the Swine Flu Germaphobe