These days, as we read the latest COVID-19 statistics update with our morning coffee, hygiene has become an even more important part of the daily routine.
In addition to the daily handwashing and hand sanitising routines, we’ve also become more aware of technology hygiene. I’m sure that most of you will agree that your mobile phone and the TV remote have never been as clean as they are now - during lockdown - and that even your car and gate remotes are getting a wipedown after a visit to the shops!
In an attempt to avoid techno hygiene disasters here are a few tips to keep your technology safe at home and at work (or these days, in your home office).
Technology Hygiene DO’s
- DO clean your mobile phone regularly using soap and water and dry with a microfibre cloth. Techradar posted this article giving you step by step instructions on how to do this safely without submerging your phone in water.
I would highly recommend setting up regular ‘phone cleaning’ reminders for yourself, especially after you have returned from shopping or a trip out of the house.
- DO clean your laptop and keyboard. Remember that cleaning your laptop and desktop keyboard is just as important as cleaning your screens.
Download the keyboard hygiene test to see what’s lurking under your keys. If you aren’t happy with what you find there, you can use this quick WikiHow guide to clean your keyboard.
Now… move on to your screen and mouse.
- DO clean your headphones and earbuds. You might think that these are 'personal items' and don't need a lot of focus but ear wax and sweat can clog your headphones and earbuds, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Ear wax can also clog your equipment leading to issues with volume and sound quality.
How-to Geek have some great tips on how to clean your headphones.
Technology Hygiene DON’Ts
- DON’T use harsh chemicals to clean your equipment as these chemicals can damage the protective film on tech like your phone and can remove the printing from items like your remote control.
- DON’T share headphones or earbuds.
- DON’T use cloths that leave lint behind on screens and lenses. I feel that lint on a lens is a bit like glitter after a party, no matter how many times you wash, you will always find specs of it a few hours later.
- DON’T take your phone to the toilet. It's a more common habit that you might think. We feel so strongly about it, we even wrote a blog on the topic.