+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 18
Hardware Thread, Cleaning computers in Technical; A couple of questions on computer cleaning... Are there any guidelines/legal/health and safety requirements on how often we should be ...
  1. #1

    JJonas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    North Walsham, Norfolk
    Posts
    3,207
    Thank Post
    418
    Thanked 450 Times in 335 Posts
    Rep Power
    390

    Cleaning computers

    A couple of questions on computer cleaning...

    Are there any guidelines/legal/health and safety requirements on how often we should be cleaning computer keyboards/mice?

    How often are you cleaning yours?


    thanks

  2. #2
    apoth0r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Northants
    Posts
    1,221
    Thank Post
    151
    Thanked 180 Times in 132 Posts
    Rep Power
    52
    I think it tends to depend on your school really.
    In my previous role in a primary school I used to take 1/2 a day once a month for cleaning and preventative maintenance. Which included giving everything a damn good scrub.
    These days I don't tend to be involved in the cleaning, but if a machine comes into the workshop I usually give it the once over with some cleaning stuff.

  3. #3
    Fontayne56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    130
    Thank Post
    17
    Thanked 5 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    14

    Cleaning

    We clean ours every three years when we put new ones in

    The cleaners usually dust the tops off !!

    Ryan

  4. #4
    rad
    rad is offline
    rad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Middlesex
    Posts
    2,570
    Thank Post
    349
    Thanked 328 Times in 248 Posts
    Rep Power
    114
    Quote Originally Posted by ryaneveritt View Post
    We clean ours every three years when we put new ones in

    The cleaners usually dust the tops off !!

    Ryan
    Cleaners, what are they!!

    If the school do do it, they get the cleaners to do it, using wet cloths on TFT's. We all cringe in the ICT office as the school choose them as they are cheaper than we could do it at. A

  5. #5
    Sirbendy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    2,305
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 205 Times in 155 Posts
    Rep Power
    111
    we do ours...whenever we think about it. We've just bought a compressor to dust the PCs/projectors, and I'll probably use it to blow the crumbs/dribble/snot/skin/dandruff/bodily hair out of the keyboards, but...that's about it.

    I'm not worried - if we lose a few to germ warfare, that's a bonus..

  6. #6

    plexer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Norfolk
    Posts
    13,689
    Thank Post
    756
    Thanked 1,715 Times in 1,526 Posts
    Rep Power
    438
    We clean the screens in the it suites quite regular they are hard glass tft's so it's quite easy.

    Otherwise we don't.

    I clean toner out when changing carts.

  7. #7
    enjay's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,497
    Thank Post
    282
    Thanked 196 Times in 167 Posts
    Rep Power
    76
    The desks around the computers may or may not get dusted by the cleaners, depending entirely on which cleaner does the room, other than that the cleaners don't touch them - at my request. I've seen too many get "cleaned" with soapy water and a J-cloth, so have asked the cleaning supervisor to tell them not to leave the computers.

    Monitors are cleaned when I notice big finger marks on them, ball mice are cleaned when needed (which seems to be almost monthly with those vandal-proof RM ones), keyboards are given a blast with an air-duster and a wipe down with some anti-bacterial stuff a couple of times a year. Staff who routinely eat at their desks will sometimes clean the keyboards themselves more frequently.

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    28
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    Get a couple of the nerdy kids (if you're a secondary) and some valved mist masks, goggles from the science dept and a variety of cleaning fluids (i.e. antistatic foaming cleaner, Isopropyl alcohol, etc) and scrub away.

    H&S wise, if you wanna be more boring, only you should handle it, using the correct things like a valved mask for vapours and VOCs, I use the 3M half-face mask for painting, the blue one you can get in B&Q. Wear gloves, preferably chemical resistant ones (also available from B&Q, but most places sell vinyl gloves that look like rubber gloves for washing up).

    Use foaming cleaner for stains on cases, screens etc
    use antistatic screen cleaner for TFTs and monitors of the normal persuasion
    use isopropyl alcohol for pens, inks, whiteboard markers on IWBs or permanent ink on anything
    use static reduction polish for a nice smell, a shine, and less dust in your babies afterwards

    Suggest plenty of J-cloth (CPC do rolls), or pop in the pound shop, some dusters, some long-sticked cotton buds (CPC), plenty of rubber gloves if you don't want to use the more restrictive vinyl gauntlet type (I prefer latex), a waterproof overall (B&Q, CPC) so you don't mess your clothes up, a portable compressor and attachment for blowing the shite out of stuff, goggles, the mask, and your selection of music, since its VERY boring, particularly if you do it on your own.

  9. #9

    Sylv3r's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Co. Durham
    Posts
    3,268
    Thank Post
    380
    Thanked 388 Times in 343 Posts
    Rep Power
    150
    No cleaning programme in place here. The cleaners will wipe the computers generally during the summer holidays - damp cloth on keyboards etc. Wiping the benching down, but we don't systematically clean on a regular basis.

    As someone else mentioned - we just replace the PC's reguarly rather then clean them!

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Heywood, Lancs
    Posts
    226
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 54 Times in 49 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    We now only buy black keyboards. These don't show the dirt as much so there are fewer complaints from pupils about them !

    We don't have a regular cleaning program except for projectors where we do the filters and brush the dust out every term. Other kit only gets cleaned if it comes into the office for some other reason or if it is so bad it gets commented upon. The foaming cleaner mentioned in earlier posts is the stuff - it will clean cases and keyboards brilliantly, and we use whiteboard cleaner to get biro and ink off.

    I find staff computers often get into the worst state. Some of the keyboards in offices get really filthy, but people tend not to notice how disgusting they get until its pointed out to them.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    28
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    This stuff: http://cpc.farnell.com/servisol/1000...SAFOAMCLEANSER is fantastic. Spray, leave it on a bit, let it foam off (it goes intoa liquid), then wipe, removes almost anything. Probably take the hair of bill bailey's back! It smells funky too, it used to say "lavender" on the can, now it doesn't, but meh, I like it whatever. Some smell like incontinent cats, the CPC own brand isn't bad either, its cheaper and works the same, but the smell is different.

  12. #12

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Posts
    28
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0
    God, third today, I've been searching since I've nothing better to do today, and as far as I can tell, there appears to be no major imperative for cleaning aside from parents evening or some sort of formal event. The only things I can think of are:

    * Outbreaks of something contagious (i.e. give the keyboards a wipe after you know the dude had haemorragic fever)
    * Hygiene for kids/staff who (cough) smoke (cough) and leave your keyboards nicotine yellow
    * Monitors (mostly non TFTs) CAN cause headaches at the best of times, if there's filth all over it, its likely to make it worse
    * Whiteboards/etc vandalised are a nuisance, or if teachers PERSIST in using permanent marker on them, get THEM to clean it off with IPA wipes

    I generally give them a wipe at all the term breaks if I'm feeling generous and not on holiday and ask some of the kids who're interested/lustful (you know the ones, usually called Nick Rogeringam-Sideways or Cecil) of IT to come in and then they get a game of quake2 to test the machines are working or last class of term helps me.

    Just obviously if you get kids involved, wear protection, make THEM wear it, and don't let them inhale compressed air since its not really air in the sense you can breath it and not die. Reminds me of the time I forgot to lock the cleaning cupboard door and found a sixth former...

  13. #13

    synaesthesia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    6,515
    Thank Post
    627
    Thanked 1,173 Times in 900 Posts
    Blog Entries
    15
    Rep Power
    524
    I almost bought a few cans of compressed air to help with cleaning out projector filters (especially ones way up high), varying fans and other general IT odds and sods, to be told by my boss that its not actually permitted - can't have them in schools for H&S reasons being a "hazardous gas".

    Yeah, air.

    Otherwise I keep a couple of horsehair brushes with me at all times to get at the worst of the crud :/

  14. #14

    EduTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    5,080
    Thank Post
    160
    Thanked 941 Times in 733 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    276
    I normally go round every now and again and give everything a scrub, but just to busy the past few holidays lol.

    our cleaners clean the work surface and move the keyboard and mice to one side and just leave it in a mess... they get told not to touch them...



  15. #15
    Jobos's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    1,180
    Thank Post
    188
    Thanked 57 Times in 48 Posts
    Rep Power
    26
    I’ve been told that the computers and trolleys are classed as technical equipment and as such the cleaners are not allowed to touch them. Just a cop out if you ask me.



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Air blower designed for cleaning computers.
    By onder in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 45
    Last Post: 17th September 2010, 04:31 AM
  2. Keyboard cleaning!
    By DevilsAdvocate in forum Hardware
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 30th January 2008, 10:20 AM
  3. Cleaning projectors
    By PEO in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 17th October 2007, 11:44 AM
  4. Cleaning
    By tscnmuk in forum General Chat
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 3rd January 2007, 04:31 PM
  5. tape cleaning
    By CyberNerd in forum *nix
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 13th October 2006, 03:59 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •