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Keep your screen germ free

All CommBox Touchscreens have an anti-glare coating which improves visibility in bright rooms and creates a smoother touch surface. However, this coating can be damaged by using certain cleaning products. 

This is why we have developed a process that not only cleans your CommBox screen safely, it is non-toxic and safe to use. 

To kill viruses and bacteria on a screen the best solution is a 60-70% isopropyl alcohol and water solution. Or commonly known as “Rubbing Alcohol”.  

Alcohol solutions between 60-80% are proven to render the COVID-19 virus inactive on surfaces. Anything over 80% alcohol evaporates too quickly to break down the lipid layer on the outside of the virus. 

We recommend using Isocol, which is inexpensive, safe to use on skin and found at all leading supermarkets. Isocol is 64% alcohol to water concentration. The water content is important as it helps to minimise the impact on the antiglare coating on the touchscreen. Avoid using any solutions over 70% alcohol, hand sanitizer, window cleaner, methylated spirits or any cleaners containing bleach or solvents. 

To begin cleaning, make sure the screen is turned off. We recommend that you apply the solution to a clean, dry microfibre cloth – like so.  You then gently wipe the damp cloth across the screen. You can leave the solution on the screen for a short amount of time – say 10 seconds – so it can interact with the germs and breakdown oils on the screen. Then using another clean, dry microfibre cloth use light circular motions to remove oil, dirt and germs whilst drying and removing streaks. Do not push hard on the screen surface – let the microfibre do the work – and make sure moisture doesn’t get into any openings.  

Your screen will now be clean of dirt, fingers prints and germs. We recommend you wash your cleaning cloths regularly.  

You can also clean stylus pens, keyboards and other accessories using the same method.  

Some screen manufacturers are adding antimircobial coatings to their screens. An antimicrobial coating is an application of a chemical agent on a surface that can stop the growth of disease-causing micro-organisms. In the case of screens, silver nanoparticles are used. Silver nanoparticles have a bactericidal effect within a 1-10 nm range and are size-dependent. There is no specific test mentioned by the antimicrobial sector as a single test to prove the efficacy of antimicrobial coating.  These coatings are not proven to be effective against viruses and the substance used is highly toxic while adding an unnecessary additional cost to the screen. The antimicrobial coating can emit active ingredients that might slowly enter the classroom and ecosystem, causing health hazards in the long run. Once the coatings are scientifically proven to protect our users we will considering adding them to our products for your safety. 

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