High-touch surfaces can be responsible for the spread of germs. What’s one of the most touched items in your office?  The printer. With so many people using it every day, it’s important that you disinfect it frequently.

What Cleaning Products Can You Use?

We recommended a cleaning solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol mixed with 30% water spayed on a soft lint-free cloth.

While many disinfectant wipes are acceptable to use on printers and MFPs, it’s always best to check with the manufacturer to be sure.

You should never use bleach, ammonia, or harsh chemicals on your printer. They could cause discoloration and damage to your device. Glass cleaner should be used on the plate glass surface.

For cleaning, you should use a soft, lint-free cloth that gets disposed of or cleaned after every use. Rough paper towels or cloths can scratch.

How Should You Clean?

Never spray cleaners or use an overly wet wipe or cloth on your device. Doing so could cause excess liquid to drip into the machine, causing irreparable damage. Instead:

  • Shut down and unplug your device.
  • Spray cleaning product onto your lint-free cloth, or wring out a wipe of any excessive moisture.
  • Use the cloth to wipe down all the high-touch surfaces, paying careful attention to the most-used buttons.
  • Do not allow liquid to pool or sit.
  • Wait for all surfaces to dry before plugging the device back in and powering it on.

Frequently cleaning high-touch surfaces is an important step in stopping the spread of germs within your office. Knowing what products to use, and how to use them, can help you take care of your employees and your essential devices.