After the experience of the Covid pandemic and seeing large indoor events and exhibitions virtually disappear, it’s been great to see them come back in abundance. Hygiene has been at the forefront of our minds for a while now but making sure you have clean tech on your exhibition stand is important.

If you are using your own devices on your exhibition stand, keeping your electronic devices clean, not only extends their life but also improves their overall performance. Your computer’s greatest enemy is dust, it is everywhere and in the long run, it can cause performance issues.  Fortunately, a lot of today’s technology is slick with flat screens that can be easily cleaned.

Cleaning Exhibition Tech Devices

How to clean an Ipad screen or tablet

Ipads have an oleophobic coating on the screen and therefore oils can’t penetrate into the screen – so don’t be tempted to use household cleaning products – simply wipe the screen with a lint-free cloth to remove fingerprints from the screen.

Cleaning your laptop or computer

Laptops are very popular at exhibitions for demonstrations but cleaning it can be an intricate process – before you start check the manufacturer’s guidelines for keeping your device clean.

If you are planning on having a traditional computer and keyboard on your stand, make sure you clean the keyboard before you go – here are some tips:

Use a small paintbrush as this can be an effective way to dust between the keys.

Toothpicks – can remove dust from ports but be gentle doing this

Even with these tips, keyboards can be challenging to clean, the best results are from compressed air as the high pressure will do an excellent job of getting all the crumbs and dust out!

Cleaning TV Screens and Monitors

Turn off the device. If the screen is dark, it will be easier to see the areas that are dirty or oily.

Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the screen with a microfiber cloth.

If the dry cloth did not completely remove the dirt or oil, do not press harder in an attempt to scrub it off. Pushing directly on the screen can often cause pixels to burn out.

If necessary, dampen the cloth with distilled water or a specialist cleaner for flat screens.

Some cleaning tips to remember!

  • Use microfibre cloths, not paper towels or tissue paper as non-ultrasoft materials can scratch the display.
  • Start by using a dry cloth to remove the dust. If you have a screen with tough smudges, then lightly dampen the cloth with water and wipe side to side working from top to bottom.
  • Turn the device off and unplug it from the power socket before cleaning.
  • Avoid using items to clean ports that could get stuck inside or break off inside the device.
  • Spray the cloth you’re using till it’s lightly dampened to clean instead of the device itself.
  • Try to avoid taking the device apart unless you absolutely know what you are doing.
  • Compressed air can be used on keyboards and ports but avoid use on screens.