As we begin to return to work, we’re going to need to remain diligent in light of the ongoing COVID crisis. That means properly disinfecting shared office devices like your printers, copiers, and MFPs. Unless you have a personal device, these are the primary machines we all share throughout the day.

Common cleaning products can damage your printers, copiers, or MFPs. Never spray any cleaning product, even those deemed safe directly onto your device’s surfaces or components. Any liquid that gets inside can damage it.

While common household cleaners may be excellent germ killers, don’t use them on your electronic devices. Here’s is the proper way to clean and disinfect your printer, copier, or MFP:

  • Power down and unplug before you do anything. Keep your device unplugged until you’re sure it’s completely dry then, plug it back in and turn it on.
  • Never directly spray a cleaning agent on your device. Instead, spray it on a lint-free cloth, then wipe.
  • Avoid using any cleaning products that contain ammonia, harsh solvents, or bleach. The best cleaning agent to use is a combination of 70% isopropyl alcohol mixed with 30% water to wipe down your machines. Most antibacterial wipes are ok, however, make sure they’re not too wet to prevent dripping into your devices.
  • Use lint-free cloths or rags only once. Then dispose of them properly.
  • Use only glass cleaner on any plate glass, then wipe clean with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Never use rough paper towels or cloths on glass plates or screens. They can scratch.

If you’d like more information on how to protect your office from germs and viruses, visit the CDC website. Talk to us about our solutions to keep your team safe as they return to the office.