How to Keep Your Touchscreens Clean - Stop the Spread

Keeping touchscreens clean goes a long way to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
July 11, 2023

As touchscreen terminals, tablets and conference room displays become commonplace in the modern workplace, with COVID-19 its more important than ever to ensure these surfaces are frequently and thoroughly sanitsed to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

Here’s some tips on how to clean your touchscreen devices:

Required Supplies

  • Lint-free or microfiber cloth (it's recommended to wash before first use)
  • Cleaning solution: mix of 80% alcohol and 20% water; must be free of ammonia

Step-by-Step Process for Cleaning Your Touchscreen Device Properly

1. Power off the system and disconnect it from the outlet

Powering off the system is crucial. If possible, also physically disconnect it from the power outlet.

2. Moisten a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth with the cleaning solution.

Never spray the cleaner directly onto the display. The liquid will seep into the corners and in between the thin layers. This may cause black spots to appear on the touch screen. Never use ammonia-based glass cleaners, such as Windex, on your touchscreen. The ammonia will destroy the screen membrane and cause permanent discolouration. In more severe cases, it will result in touchscreens not working appropriately.

3. Wipe the display surface in a circular motion to remove any dirt or residue from the touch glass.

Apply only slight, gentle pressure as you wipe the screen. The circular motion will ensure that any streaking is reduced as much as possible.

4. Use a dry, clean, microfiber cloth to gently dry the screen.

Never dry with paper towels, facial tissues, or abrasive cloth as these items can cause tiny scratches. Always use a dry, clean, microfiber cloth to gently dry the screen.

5. Reconnect the power to the system and turn it on

Once complete and you’re certain that the surface of the touch screen is completely dry, reconnect the power and turn the device back on.

Cleaning Frequency

It’s critical to sanitise your touchscreen devices as often as possible. For devices like rugged tablets that are handled by different staff members each shift, consider cleaning them at the end of each shift. For fixed devices consider cleaning at least once a day.

Refer to the Manufacturer

Many manufacturers have been providing device-specific cleaning steps over the last few months so if in doubt refer to the manufacturers help and support pages on their website or contact your supplier.

Last but not least don't forget to wash your hands, mask-up when necessary and stay COVID-safe!