If you’ve made the investment into an interactive display or panel, you know its value to your classroom. For that reason, taking care of your panel is of the highest importance—if you do it right, your panel can last you through many more years—and students—to come.
To protect what may be your biggest classroom investment, here is a step-by-step guide on how to properly clean and care for your interactive panel or display.
1. First, turn off the display.
By turning off your panel before attempting to clean it, two things happen: first, you protect the electrical connections from being damaged while in a vulnerable “on” state, but by turning the panel off you are more able to see any streaks or marks on the panel itself.
2. Use the right cleaning materials.
Above all else, it is important that you use the right materials when cleaning and maintaining your interactive panel. For day-to-day use, a simple swipe with a dry microfiber cloth can keep it free of dust and fingerprints, but if you’re needing more of a deep clean, keep the following in mind:
- For sanitation purposes, a mixture of dish or tableware detergent and rubbing alcohol can be used
- Do not mix cleaners
3. Spray your cloth; not the board.
If using any sort of cleaner or wet product to clean your board, always spray it directly onto a soft cloth (like microfiber or glass cleaning cloth), and keep it only damp—not soaked. This will prevent moisture from seeping into the electronic workings of your interactive panel through framing gaps or other cracks—something which could create numerous technical issues down the road.
4. Let it dry completely.
Once you’re done wiping everything down, make sure you allow it to dry completely before turning everything back on. If necessary, use a clean and dry microfiber cloth in order to dry excess moisture off of the panel.
5. Remove ink or marks immediately.
Should someone (gasp!) use ink or mark on your interactive smart panel, please take the steps above to clean it immediately—the longer ink stays on a surface the more permanent it becomes.
While this may seem a rather intensive cleaning process for an interactive panel, keep in mind that this exercise can be integrated as one part of keeping a clean and healthy classroom. In reality, you shouldn’t have to do more than give it a brief going-over with a dry cloth as a daily practice, although classrooms taking precautions against Coronavirus need to disinfect regularly. However, if you do maintain your interactive panel according to these instructions, the most basic maintenance should allow it to last for years to come.