Colds and flu viruses thrive in cold, dry air. When temperatures drop, we tend to stay indoors in close proximity to others, making it much easier for viruses to be passed along from one person to another. Many viruses live on the surface of keyboards, desks, computer mice, TV remote controls, toys, pencils or just about anything else people – young or old – touch every hour of every day. “That is why hand washing is the most basic and most important way to protect the entire family from colds and flu,” advises Patti Kieffer, RN, infection control specialist at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Wash the Keyboard and Mouse to Completely Disinfect
If hand-washing is the most basic and best way to rid our hands of germs, is it also the best way to get germs out of the nooks and crannies of the things we touch every day, like keyboards and mice? It is. By far, experts recommend that the equipment we touch and use every day be thoroughly washed, not just sprayed, to get rid of the most germs in the most complete manner possible.
Wash my keyboard? Wash my mouse? Can I do that? Not with most keyboards and mice. Even the so-called spill-proof keyboards can take only a limited amount of moisture before they just stop working.
Spill-Proof is Not Waterproof
Only Seal Shield™ keyboards and mice with Silver Seal™ technology meet the tough IP68 submersibility standards. These keyboards and mice use the exclusive Seal Shield waterproofing technology (Patent Pending) that make them the only fully submersible and dishwasher safe products on the market. These keyboards can even be washed in a diluted bleach solution to disinfect the board thoroughly. Seal Shield keyboards and mice are Silver Seal protected. They contain an antimicrobial, fungistatic agent which protects the product and keeps it cleaner, greener and fresher by inhibiting the growth of microbial bacteria, mold, mildew and fungi on the product's surface.