Cleaning Vs Sanitising Your Mobile Devices – The Important Information You Need To Know
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has pushed health & safety to the forefront of our minds, and that includes how we use our mobile devices in the workplace. Whether you’re a retail outlet opening its doors for the first time since lockdown, or a distribution centre operating on the frontline, your mobile computers, tablets & scanners are in constant use and are often being utilised by multiple workers.
While not obvious to the naked eye, mobile devices are often some of the dirtiest hardware in your inventory, carrying harmful pathogens & bacteria and further spreading infection. Whether at home or in the office, we often take our devices everywhere we go, and that means those viruses are along for the ride. For many, simply cleaning a device might seem like a perfectly suitable solution, but it’s far less effective than you might think.
What does ‘cleaning’ really do?
Since you’re not able to use harmful chemicals, cleaning your mobile hardware boils down to wiping the screen and case of your devices with microfiber cloth or piece of fabric. This means you’re physically removing any visible debris or marks on your device with the assumption this has rendered the device ‘safe’ to use.
But cleaning your device is only a superficial solution. It’s not disrupting or deactivating any of the microscopic bugs or bacteria that remain on the screen and other surfaces of your devices. This is where the process of sanitising comes in.
The solution? Sanitisation
In order to remove the threat of pathogens from your devices, you’ll need to sanitise them. There are various ways you can do this, including the use of germicidal UV light (specifically UV-C). This process uses the intensity of UV-C to deactivate any bacteria or viruses and stop them from multiplying or functioning at a cellular level. Some sanitisers – such as CleanSlate UV sanitiser and the UV-Clean from ENS Group – disrupt up to 99.9998% of harmful pathogens, making this technology highly effective at halting contamination and in healthcare, retail, the supply chain and more.
It’s also important to note that UV light does not kill or destroy pathogens, but rather renders them inert so they can no longer cause harm. And, since they’re microscopic, your devices will be safe to use with no visible issues. UV-C is also safe to use when applied with the correct safety measures.
Do I need to do clean my devices AND sanitise them?
Sanitisation is a very effective means of making your mobile hardware safe to use, especially when it’s sanitised between shifts or when a device needs to be used by more than one worker, but it does not remove larger detritus. So, it’s important to check the efficacy of your UV sanitiser to determine whether you need to clean a device first in order to remove visible debris. Such debris can sometimes act as shield between pathogens and the energy of UV light so be sure to check with the manufacturer or your solutions provider. In some cases, it may be more effective to physically wipe down a device and then sanitise it with UV-C light.
We hope you found this Peak-Ryzex blog helpful & insightful. If you’d like to learn more about the practical applications of UV-C light for sanitisation, contact us today and find out how we can improve health & safety across your organisation.