IT Cleaning Ltd carry out PC cleaning, computer cleaning, telephone cleaning, printer cleaning and other peripheral items.
“Contamination has been the indirect cause of more IT downtime than all the fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and disgruntled employees combined.” – Jon William Toigo, Disaster Recovery Planning, Third Edition.
Studies in USA (Dr Charles Gerber Microbiologist University Arizona, 2004.) have uncovered a life of grime below your fingertips. With only 1 in 10 of the office population bothering to clean their desks and equipment, bacteria is having a free run. The key offenders are telephones, which harbour up to 25,127 microbes per square inch, keyboards 3,295 and computer mice 1,676. By contrast, the average toilet seat contains 49 microbes per square inch. Therefore there is substantially more bacteria present within the keyboard than on a toilet seat. Factors such as eating at desks (due to time constraints) are contributing to this growing problem. Food spills, such as tea and biscuits, can support mini eco-systems. British microbiologist Professor Sally Bloomfield said the study reinforced the need for good hygiene practice both at work and in the home. She said: “The superhighways for bacteria are hands and the surfaces we touch”. The cleaning of keyboards and telephones is not always given high priority within offices so this bacteria build up can go unchecked.
The product we use for cleaning is anti-bacterial, not a virucide, and would not be effective against viruses which may be living on the surfaces. We would need to use, one of the following alcohol (see below) impregnated wipes. We should use IPA 70% – 30 DI Water (70% Isopropanol 30% Deionised Water) or sprays, to wipe down all surface. Wipes should then be made available for staff to use on surfaces before use.
As Covid-19 is an enveloped virus.
Denatured Ethanol (DE) or Isopropanol (IPA)?
The effectiveness of alcohol as an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal disinfectant increase as the molecular weight increases. Therefore, Isopropyl alcohols, such as IPA, are more effective on envoloped viruses, than ethanol alcohols, such as DE.
Denatured Ethanol is considered more effective as a virucidal disinfectant, as isopropanol is not effective against non-enveloped viruses, however, covid-19 is an enveloped virus.
Examples of non-enveloped viruses: Hard to Kill.
- Hepatitis A
Examples of enveloped viruses: Easier to Kill.
- Hepatitis B
- SAR virus
As you are not in a sterile environment, we do not need sterile wipes.
Another good reason for implementing PC Cleaning, Computer Cleaning is the reduction of annoying faults such as sticking keys and slipping mice that can be experienced with dirty equipment. Many of our clients comment how much better their equipment operates after being cleaned.
With the introduction of the WEEE directive, PC cleaning and Computer Cleaning will help reduce electronic waste. Many keyboards and mice are discarded every year; often all these need is a good clean.
PC Cleaning, Computer cleaning, often leads to an increase in staff moral and the feel good factor.