How to Safely Sanitize your City Owned PC, Laptop, and Printer

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Keeping the City’s equipment clean and free of gems is always a best practice, but it has become even more imperative when dealing with the threat of COVID-19. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to practice proper cleaning techniques if you have the right tools for the job.

HP’s Cleaning Guide may be downloaded, but here are a few tips that will help you keep your PC, laptop, and copier surfaces germ-free.


  • Disposable gloves
  • Clean microfiber cloth
  • Appropriate cleaning agent based on manufacturer instructions (isopropyl alcohol, alcohol wipes, etc.)

DO turn off and unplug your laptop, keyboard, monitor, and copier before cleaning.
DON’T use Windex, glass cleaner, or Clorox wipes.
DON’T use paper towels or other abrasive materials.
DON’T use bleach. Like ever.
DO use a 70-percent isopropyl alcohol solution (aka rubbing alcohol).
DON’T spray a cleaning agent directly on your device’s surface. Spray your cleaner onto a cloth first and then gently wipe the cloth over the surface.
DO wring out your wipe or cloth so it’s not dripping wet, just slightly damp. Liquid + electronics = disaster.


  1. Turn off and unplug your device (remove batteries if applicable). Disconnect from other devices.
  2. Put on gloves.
  3. Wipe down the device with a clean microfiber cloth to remove dust, scuffs, fingerprints, etc.
  4. Moisten a clean microfiber cloth with rubbing alcohol. Make sure it’s damp, not dripping wet. If using an alcohol wipe, wring out until it is just slightly damp.
  5. Wipe down the device with the cloth or wipe, taking care to avoid any ports, speakers, or other openings.
  6. Let surfaces air dry before plugging back in or installing batteries.
  7. If streaks develop, wipe down once more with a clean microfiber cloth.