Rugged tablets are mostly used in an industrial set up often being passed on from one employee to another. Also, some of the environments where the rugged tablets are used are prone to dust and spillages. It is therefore important for enterprises to develop and maintain a routine for cleaning and disinfecting the tablets to protect their employees from communicable diseases, allergy triggers, or any other health risks. Regularly cleaning and disinfecting your rugged tablets can also extend their lifespan.

Below is a step by step guide on how to clean and disinfect your rugged tablets.

Step 1: Power Off the Tablet

Turn off the tablet and if it is charging, disconnect it from the power. Cleaning your tablet when it is turned on or when it is plugged into power is risky and should be avoided.

Step 2: Disconnect the External Devices

Disconnect all the external devices connected to the rugged tablet. If any of the external devices is wireless such as the keyboard or the mouse, be sure to remove their batteries.

Step 3: Wear Protective Gear

Always protect your hands by wearing disposable gloves made of latex. The cleaning solution or chemical used for cleaning and disinfecting can irritate your hands and make you uncomfortable to effectively clean your tablets. Some cleaning solutions may require you to have additional protective gear such as eye protection. Always read the instructions and precautions printed on the package of the cleaning solution or chemical and follow the guidelines.

Step 4: Choose Proper Cleaning Materials

The cleaning solution you use to clean and disinfect your tablet should enable you to achieve the desired results without damaging your tablets. The most recommended solution is made up of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol and 30% water solution. Always read the labels of cleaning solutions to determine what their contents are. Some of the cleaning chemicals, especially those that have bleaching agents can damage your tablets so they should be avoided.

Other cleaning materials that can come in handy are dry cloths and cotton-tipped applicators.

Step 5: Gently Wipe the Tablet

Take the clean cloth and dampen it with the cleaning solution. Carefully remove the excess fluid from the cloth and gently wipe the surface of the tablet. To ensure you clean all the parts of the tablet consistently, wipe in one direction, and apply the same pressure. Repeat the process ensuring you clean all the parts of the tablet.

Cotton-tipped applicators can be used to clean the spaces between detachable keyboard buttons, ports, and other areas that are difficult to clean with a cloth. Ensure you do not apply excess cleaning solution on the cotton-tipped applicators. Also, when cleaning these areas, exercise caution to prevent excess liquid from sipping through to the internal parts of the tablet.

Step 6: Dry the Tablet

Once you have cleaned the entire tablet, allow it to dry. You can use a dry sterile cloth to remove excess liquid and also air-dry the tablet. The tablet should never be turned on or plugged into power if it still has moisture.

Step 7: Clean Your Hands

Once you are done cleaning your tablet, dispose of your gloves, and carefully wash your hands.

Important Tips in Cleaning and Disinfecting Rugged Tablets

  1. Some specific brands of rugged tablets may require you to use specific cleaning solutions and follow specific procedures in cleaning and disinfecting your tablet. Always, read, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  1. Although rugged tablets are designed to withstand liquid ingression, you should not spray cleaning solution directly onto the surface of the tablet or on the keyboard. Instead, use a cloth or a wipe to clean the tablet.
  1. Avoid using abrasive cloths especially on sensitive areas such as the touch screen, barcode scanner, and camera lens. Materials such as toilet paper and paper towels should also not be used because they can leave some residues on the surface of the tablet.
  1. Mixing different cleaning agents is not recommended because it could be harmful to you and also damage the devices.