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Disinfecting electronic devices

Overview

This document will explain how to safely disinfect your computer and other electronic devices.

Instructions

Please be careful when doing this. Too much moisture can cause irreparable harm to electronics.

  1. Use “screen cleaning” or “electronics” alcohol wipes that have less than 70% alcohol.
  2. Follow instructions listed on the cleaning, as you may need to wipe for several seconds to properly disinfect.

Note: If you do not have access to wipes, UW-Shared Services Information Technology recommends a very small amount of rubbing alcohol on a microfiber towel. Alcohol will evaporate quickly and lessen the chance of leaving unwanted moisture on your equipment.

Do not use standard disinfecting wipes (Lysol or Clorox wipes), as they leave too much moisture on the device. Stronger household cleaners will damage the anti-glare coating on screens and leave sticky residue on keyboards.

Need More Help?

Contact the IT HelpDesk if you have any further questions.