How to Keep Your Computer Workstation Clean to Stay Healthy

With the reports of the flu epidemic hitting major metropolitan cities across the country, staying healthy is going to be a challenge for everyone. The Center for Disease Control provides recommendations for maintaining good health and while germs are everywhere, they are especially prevalent in the work place.

The items within the confines of your cubicle harbor more germs than toilet seats and kitchen sinks. HowStuffWorks.com believes that this is because unlike common spaces in the office that are cleaned nightly, clean desks are the responsibility of the individual.

Besides constant hand washing to ensure that you’re minimizing germs that you’re bringing to your desk, how do you keep your workspace clean without damaging the technology in your office?

First, take some time to remove everything from your desk to rid your space of dust and debris and give it a good wipe down with disinfecting wipes and spray. Before you put items back on your desk, clean them too but treat each one with care because your keyboard, mouse, monitor, hard drive, and phone require different cleaning techniques to prevent damage.

Keyboard— After unplugging your keyboard, turn it upside down and tap it lightly on your desk. Even if you don’t eat at your desk, you’ll be amazed at all the things that happen to fall out! Then follow HowtoGeek.com’s tips on How to Thoroughly Clean Your Keyboard (Without Breaking Anything). It’s incredibly thorough! Read it before you decide to clean since you may need some supplies!

Mouse, hard drive case, and office phone— Wipe these items down with an alcohol wipe from your office’s medical supply stash. It may be tempting to give them a quick swipe with an antibacterial wipe but sometimes they can leave a sticky residue behind or streaks.

Monitor— The type of monitor you have determines how you clean it. Soft microfiber cloths are generally safe for all monitors but don’t get rid of germs. MacBook owners with glass screens can safely use a damp cloth or towel with some Windex. RealSimple.com suggests a slightly damp cloth be used on all other types. They also recommend cleaning the exterior of the monitor with specially designed computer cleaning wipes.

Cell phoneHowtoCleanStuff.net provides a list of products, the cleaning process, and helpful tips and advice to ensure that you don’t damage your cell phone.

With a couple more months of winter left to go, be sure to repeat this process regularly in order to keep your computer clean and germ free to stay healthy.

Portrait of a sick young business woman blowing her nose on her workplace via Shutterstock

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