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Written by Sarah Bowar

How to clean Interactive Flat Panel (IFP) board surfaces and accessories

Follow these instructions to clean your interactive display screen without damaging it. This solution is easy to make, and great for cleaning classroom technology.


Generally, it is best to use only a cloth slightly dampened with distilled water to clean your IFP. Never spray liquid directly onto the surface of the IFP. Our friends at SMART have tested and approve the use of the following:

Our friends at SMART have tested and approve the use of the following:

Diluted bleach solution

To mix the correct solution, using standard household bleach at a strength of 5% Sodium Hypochlorite:

  • 4 tsp. of bleach per quart of distilled water
  • 1/3 Cup bleach per gallon of distilled water
  • 20ml bleach per 980ml distilled water
  • 80ml bleach per 3.92L distilled water
  • Adjust accordingly to maintain the 0.1% solution if you’re using bleach stronger or weaker than 5% Sodium Hypochlorite.


    SMART recommends using a spray bottle for applying the solution to the cloth to avoid oversaturating it. 70-90% isopropyl alcoholIsopropyl alcohol comes pre diluted and no mixing is required. For concentrations above 90%, dilute accordingly with distilled water.


    We recommend using a spray bottle for applying the solution to the cloth to avoid oversaturating it.

    To clean the screen

    1. Turn off any connect computers.
    2. Turn the display off. Go to SMART support to find your specific model for instructions.
    3. Wipe all surfaces with the dry lint-free, non-abrasive cloth to remove dust and debris.
    4. Gently spray a small amount of the water or cleaning solution on the second cloth.
      Note: Do not oversaturate the cloth to the point it is dripping.
    5. Wipe the screen with the dampened cloth.
    6. After wiping the screen, wipe off the remaining SMART Board surfaces that one can normally touch, such as the frame, pens, and other accessories.

    Caution

  • Do not use permanent or dry-erase markers on the screen. If dry-erase markers are used on the screen, remove the ink as soon as possible with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth.
  • Do not rub the screen with dense or rough material.
  • Do not apply pressure to the screen.
  • Do not use cleaning solutions or glass cleaners on the screen except as noted previous, because they can damage or discolor the screen.
  • Do not use pre-moistened wipes
  • Refer to the cleanser's packaging for safe handling instructions.