Hey everyone,

The reason you don't want to use isopropyl alcohol on LCD screens is that it can damage them overtime, harming their oleophobic coating. While it can be okay to use on something like a keyboard, it can leave some residues that are not ideal and can be caustic. The hard truth though is that isopropyl alcohol and antimicrobial wipes are selling out in stores and online retailers all over the country, so finding anything (be it ammonia/alcohol free or not) is going to be difficult to do in quantity without getting hit by major price gouging. I would suggest WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Wipes normally, but finding these or an equivalent is not easy right now. If you can get it though, this study indicates that a clorox wipe (while potentially damaging to the device over time) is probably your best bet in the short term, given the shortages, and assuming you can find it.


Not sure that helps, but hopefully it gives some direction.

Best wishes,
Ethan Kichura, BA
Computer Technician/User Support Specialist
Essex Westford School District
2 Educational Drive | Essex Jct, VT 05452

802-857-7510 office (EHS)
802-857-7850 office (WES)
802-760-0069 cell

For immediate assistance call:
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On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 8:30 AM Minelli, John <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi everyone,

I have similar questions/concerns here. What I would like to also ask relates to my understanding of Vermont Law and how schools must use only approved "green" cleaners. We had a former director of operations who was a stringent proponent of us only using (or even having in school) approved cleaners.

Thus I am extremely concerned about whether the use of Clorox wipes, or a similar product, is allowed.

Bottom line, it seems to me that computer devices that are handled multiple times per day, such as in an elementary school, could be a significant source of spreading germs.

We need to clean our devices and I would love some suggestions about the products that we could use.  We need to clean keyboards, Chromebooks that have keyboards but also have touch screens, and finally iPads.  What products are anti-microbial but also won't damage touch screens.

All suggestions are greatly appreciated.



On Tue, Mar 10, 2020 at 8:13 AM Leslie, Ben <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I've been asked for a safe way to disinfect computers.  I've always used a clorox wipe on the keyboard, palm rest, trackpad and anything else plastic making sure to wring most of the liquid out of the wipe.  I've read mixed messages online about cleaning the LCD screen.  I don't use clorox wipes on them,  I have 3M LCD wipes that contain isopropyl alcohol and half of the posts online say to not use alcohol.

What is everyone doing to keep laptops/chromebooks clean...especially shared carts of chromebooks for students?

Ben Leslie
Coordinator of Technology
Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union / Arlington School District

Arlington High School 
P: 802-375-2589 ext. 165
Fisher Elementary School
P: 802-375-6409 ext. 261


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Marion Cross School
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Norwich, VT 05055
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