Handling Chromebooks during Covid19

Judi Vellucci Updated by Judi Vellucci

Safe Handling of Chromebooks during Covid19

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites, so your best precaution is to wash your hands and avoid close contact with people who are sick. But they also say current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, may remain viable for hours or days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. So cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces – such as a Chromebook or other electronics – is a best practice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our classrooms.

The virus is believed to live up to 3 days on a hard surface, so any machines left in your school over the summer will not require cleaning. As you encounter student machines needing repair, you will need to quarantine the machine (in a bag/milk crate) for 3 days. If you need to turn around devices that require cleaning, this procedure should be followed. 

Some Important Notes:

You will need some bleach-free disinfectant wipes or a solution of 70 percent rubbing alcohol and 30 percent distilled water. Using full-strength rubbing alcohol can damage the oil-repellent coating that helps to keep smudges off the screen. You will also need microfiber cloths or any cleaning cloths that are linen-free.

Harsh cleaning supplies like bleach should never be used on a Chromebook since they can also damage the screen and other parts. Avoid any abrasive cleaning brushes or cleaning pads that might scratch the surfaces of the Chromebook.

Never spray any cleaning solution directly onto the Chromebook or any electronic device. You should always apply the cleaning solution to a microfiber cloth and then apply it to the device to avoid any liquid getting into the device and causing damage. 

Let’s get started cleaning and disinfecting those Chromebooks!

  1. Completely power down the Chromebook and unplug the power cord.
  2. Disconnect any cables or peripherals that are plugged into your Chromebook. This will allow you to access and clean every part of the device.
  3. Use the disinfectant wipe or apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol solution to the cloth and completely wipe down the entire Chromebook, including the screen and around each key of the keyboard. Use a small amount of pressure to remove any fingerprints or smudges on the screen, but not too much since this could damage the display. If you aren’t comfortable using the cleaning solution on the screen, you can buy disinfectant wipes specifically designed for LCD and laptop screens.
  4. After everything is dry, you can use a dry microfiber to buff the screen to remove any haze that might be lingering on the display from the disinfection process.


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