Regular maintenance ensures optimal performance

Just as you need to schedule routine maintenance for your car, air conditioner, smoke detectors, and refrigerator, your company’s internal technology equipment needs periodic attention, especially when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing.

In addition to ensuring your equipment is performing optimally, regularly cleaning your technology, including paging and sound masking systems and audiovisual equipment, will help reduce the transmission of germs, which is of paramount concern to everyone, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some important rules of thumb are common when it comes to keeping all types of audiovisual equipment pristine and running smoothly.

  • Before cleaning, unplug all power sources and cables.
  • Never spray cleaner directly onto surfaces.
  • Use a lint-free cloth, which is less likely to build up a charge that could harm equipment or leave behind debris.

The audiovisual installation company that supplied your company’s equipment should be able to advise you on how and when to clean various types of equipment, but here are some specific tips for different types of internal technology equipment:


Paging systems

Paging systems are becoming more prevalent among many types of businesses, including retail facilities, restaurants, and corporate offices. In many of these industries, multiple people handle pagers every day, necessitating cleaning.

To clean the pagers, wipe each one individually with a lint-free cloth moistened with a disinfectant, such as isopropyl alcohol or another commercially available disinfectant. For the paging system’s charger and charging slot, apply a very small amount of liquid to a cloth and gently wipe them down.

Pan tilt zoom cameras

Many corporations are adding pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras to their audiovisual technology repertoire. Because they can cover large areas or zoom in on small details, they are an excellent way to add interest to live-streamed events.

When it comes to PTZ cameras, image quality is dependent on a dust and fingerprint-free lens, so cleaning it regularly is crucial. To clean a PTZ camera, switch off the camera to prevent any damage to its mechanism. Use compressed air to blow loose dirt and dust from the lens. Then add a small amount of lens cleaner to your lint-free and use gentle pressure to wipe the lens clean.

Microphones

Audio equipment is important to any corporation’s technology equipment repertoire. Whether for live events, which are currently less frequent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or for video-conferencing, microphones are necessary tools.

Because users hold microphones close to their mouths, proper sanitizing is especially important. To clean windscreens, remove them from the microphone and gently wash them with warm water and soap. Leave them to dry for at least 72 hours to kill trapped germs. For the handle, all you have to do is carefully wipe them down with disinfecting wipes.

Digital whiteboards

Digital whiteboards have many applications for corporations. They allow companies to create more engaging presentations and allow for more interactive opportunities for remote participants.

To clean your digital whiteboard, never use abrasive cleaners. They will scratch the surface. First, turn off any connected computers and turn off the display screen. Use either a cleaner specifically designed for digital whiteboard surfaces or a small amount of soapy water.

Make sure you don’t oversaturate the microfiber cloth you’re using to wipe the surface so that the excess cleaner doesn’t get into the cameras in the corners of the frame. If someone has accidentally used ink on the whiteboard, clean it off as soon as possible. The longer it stays on the surface, the harder it will be to remove.

For all of your corporation’s internal technology needs, a knowledgeable audiovisual installation company can design and install a system that meets your corporation’s needs and instruct you on how to maintain and clean your equipment.

Haverford Systems, an innovative audiovisual installation company serving the Philadelphia region, has over 30 years of experience in the business. In addition to recommending cleaning methods, we can also design and install touchless systems. Let us help you with your next project by scheduling a free site survey today!

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