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Does your computer room have special cleaning needs?

Does your computer room have special cleaning needs?
Filed in Specialty Cleaning on December 30, 2013 0 Comments

Maintaining a clean computer room is an essential practice.  Computers and their peripherals are all susceptible to damage from environmental contamination.  The most typical of these is dust.  An excessive amount of dust will reduce the heat transfer of electronic components and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your equipment.

The two primary areas of concern are above and below the raised floor.

Above the Raised Floor

The area above the raised floor should be cleaned regularly.

Server racks, peripherals and related media storage devices should all be cleaned of dust accumulation on a regular basis. This is particularly important at the rear panels where LAN connections are made and equipment exhaust fans and heat dissipation surfaces are located.

Strangely enough, this is perhaps the most often overlooked and yet most critical area that requires regular cleaning and dust removal. It matters not, how often you “wipe down” the front and top of the various peripherals and work counters if you fail to clean these areas as well.

It is essential that these areas be cleaned and dusted using techniques and equipment that are designed to properly clean without reintroducing contaminants back into the computer room.

These specialized processes remain the best way to minimize the risk of equipment failure and potential fire hazard resulting from equipment overheating.

Below the raised floor

Ductwork and surrounding areas where power and LAN cables are placed represent prime dust accumulation points and do require periodic cleaning throughout the year. It is true, that while HVAC systems do a decent job of controlling dust, the most harmful dust sizes (.3 microns and smaller) for computer components can circumvent many air filtration systems.  As a result, filters need to be changed regularly and the areas surrounding the HVAC components along with raised floor airflow panels and ductwork should also be cleaned regularly.

The same principles that we follow for above the raised floor should also be adhered to when cleaning below the raised floor. Reducing dust with specialized equipment that removes contaminants from the premises.

Hiring professionals that have a specialty in computer room cleaning can help reduce computer equipment failure resulting from environmental contamination and overheating.

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