Why we do it

  • Regular cleaning and maintenance of your IT equipment lengthens replacement cycles and keeps your PC running quicker with fewer breakdowns.  It also ensures that you are not constantly handling equipment less sanitary than a public toilet seat!!
  • Studies have shown that contaminated fomites (office stationery, door handles, computer keyboards and mice) are major culprits in the transmission of diseases, includingthe common cold, staph and strep infections, conjunctivitis, cold sores, hand/foot & mouth disease, influenza, meningitis and bowel parasites.
  • As newly emerging diseases such as swine / bird flu, MRSA and SARS causes concern across the world, we are advised by public health authorities to pay greater attention to cleaning and basic hygiene.
  • Common antibiotics are being reported as less and less effective, which is why prevention is better than cure
  • Telephones and Computers are key areas that have been identified as sources of disease transmission; some of the commonly found pathogens in these areas are Staphylococcus Aureus, Escherichia Coli and Salmonella.
  • Tests of computers and telephones have shown that they are some of the most highly contaminated areas in an office, on occasion as bad as, or worse, than public toilets.
  • This is clearly hitting home. Here at PC Clean we are fielding a significant increase in enquiries about the cleaning of office technical equipment and telephones around Cape Town.
  • Our cleaning products contain anti-microbial agents that disrupt the spreading of harmful bacteria and viruses.
  • Apart from the clear benefits of computer cleaning from the hygienic perspective, our cleaning process includes a unique service that will ensure your computer runs smoother, along with a providing a longer lifetime by removing dust.

Personal health, Hygiene and Hospitals

HOW CLEAN IS YOUR PC?

clean work environment
germ free keyboard
clean computer keyboard

IT IS SURPRISING to think that an office keyboard can pose a greater risk than

a toilet seat, BUT ITS TRUE!  The average computer keyboard carries more germs than a public toilet seat!!

How would you like to be lying in a hospital, knowing that the doctor who just looked at an x-ray on a computer and who is now examining you has had hands on a toilet seat??

  • Studies have shown that contaminated fomites (office stationery, door handles, computer keyboards and mice) are major culprits in the transmission of diseases, including the common cold, staph and strep infections, conjunctivitis, cold sores, hand/foot & mouth disease, influenza, meningitis and bowel parasites.
  • As newly emerging diseases such as swine / bird flu, MRSA and SARS causes concern across the world, we are advised by public health authorities to pay greater attention to cleaning and basic hygiene. 
  • Telephones and Computers are key areas that have been identified as sources of disease transmission; some of the commonly found pathogens in these areas are Staphylococcus Aureus, Escherichia Coli, Clostridium and Salmonella. 
  • Many many tests of computers and telephones have shown that they are some of the most highly contaminated areas in an office, often bad as, or worse, than public toilets!
  • Besides general office use, in the growing digital environment where computers are used to enter patient notes, order medication and view x-rays, contaminated keyboards and mice become potential routes for transfer of infection from patient to patient.
  • Health and hygiene protocols in hospital environments seldom include risk assessment of computer. According to the NNIS over 100,000 people die every year in the US due to hospital-related infections, including MRSA
  • In the last few years there have been numerous outbreaks of MRSA in multiple hospitals in Cape Town. Cases are reported of deadly pathogen outbreaks in hospitals related to contaminated ultrasound equipment.  It is easy to see how a contaminated computer mouse could easily do the same.
  • Antibiotics are becoming less effective as bacteria acquire resistance - common micro-organisms associated with hospital-acquired infections have the ability to survive in the hospital environment.  This has led to an increased number of difficult-to-treat healthcare-associated infections. This is why prevention is better than cure!
  • An often under-acknowledged mode of transfer of infection is when doctors do ward rounds and transfer bacteria and viruses from patient to patient via a contaminated substrate, including a computer keyboard.  Doctors now view x-rays of all patients digitally on a computer, offering germs a free ride from one patient to the next!
  • Comprehensive cleaning disrupts the chain of infection between these organisms, staff and patients.   
  • This decreases the number of hospital-acquired infections, expensive treatments, blocked beds and even death.
  • The chain of contamination can be broken with regular cleaning of your computers, keyboards and telephones, making your workplace a more sanitary and hygienic place for staff and patients.
  • Together we can break the chain of dissemination of multidrug-resistant super bugs.

Studies and office workspace surveys have been shown that up to half of all computer mice, desktops and telephones may be infested with germs that can cause illness. One study tracked the presence of the human parainfluenza 1 virus, which can cause the common cold and respiratory infections such as pneumonia and bronchitis. More than 300 samples were collected from workstations and offices. The virus was found in 47% of desktops; 46% of computer mice; 45% of telephones; 26% of door handles and 19% of light switches

The value of cleaning your computers from an IT perspective

cleaning inside PC
  • Our cleaning service provides a significant step towards the long term maintenance of your IT infrastructure, mitigating costly replacement, repairs and data loss and recovery.
  • The constant flow of air necessary to cool the PC, along with the static charges produced by electrical components, causes dust to accumulate rapidly.
  • This dust will act as thermal insulator and also impedes airflow which contributes to higher operating temperatures and leads to temporary malfunctions, permanent failure and ultimately a significantly reduced lifespan.

Benefits:

  • Reduces the risk of hardware failure along with subsequent data loss, repair and recovery costs
  • Prolongs the lifespan of your equipment and critical motherboard components
  • Reduces background noise in your office from overworking fans
  • Restores tactile response on keyboards which benefits the users’ WPM (words per minute)
  • Mice are more responsive and pleasant to touch

The Benefits From A Human Resources Perspective

  • Reduced rate of spread of contagious diseases
  • Reduces sickness in the workplace - fewer days off work due to illness
  • Staff operate more efficiently in a healthy work space
  • Conveys a positive image towards customers and employees

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