Modern day computer equipment is increasingly sensitive to environmental conditions, recent studies have shown that 75% of storage and hardware failures are caused by environmental factors.
With the build-up of dust in your computer room threatening to have a major impact on the operation and efficiency, an understanding of the causes and effects of possible contaminants in the environment on the sensitive equipment housed within you facility is vital for ensuring the continuity of the working practices.
Causes of contamination
Gases – chlorine, hydrogen sulphide and sulphur dioxide are all examples of gaseous contaminants that act as reducing agents and when combined with water form weak acids and can corrode electronic equipment.
Hydrocarbons – these airborne contaminants such as petroleum, paraffin and lubricating oils that are a result of incomplete combustion of fossil fuels and oxidation of plastics and rubbers. These substances are highly flammable and can bring about the deterioration of electrical components. Thankfully however these contaminants can be combatted by putting an efficient air filtering system in place.
Dust particles – as aforementioned, varying dust particles can exist in your computer room and can be abrasive, corrosive, flammable or absorb moisture.
Carbon dust – almost unavoidable, carbon dust can occur from exhaust fumes, tobacco smoke or even printer toner and these contaminants sneak their way into your facility via personnel’s clothing or open doorways. These particles can be conductive thus causing shorts, but they are also combustible and are reduction agent.
Construction debris – created during construction, remodelling work and general erosion. These particles are highly abrasive and can cause damage to equipment through close contact.
Humans – aside from bringing in external contaminants, humans can leave their own organic fibres behind after entering the computer room. Shockingly humans shed 1 million skin cells within just 40 minutes, not to mention the stray fibres coming from clothing or hair loss. Unfortunately also unavoidable, these fibres clog equipment and pose fire risks.
Paper dust – created by the movement of paper and packaging within the room. Highly flammable, the paper dust is attracted to the magnetic field generated by the electronic equipment.
What constitutes clinically clean?
A clinically clean environment can benefit your company by increasing your computer room’s reliability, reduce failure rate and in turn generating greater productivity.
This involves the removal of all the above contaminants from the room environment. All areas of the room, including sub-floor, need to be addressed with antistatic foam, lint free cloths and water-free antibacterial cleaning products.
A dedicated clinical cleaning service
2bm offer a dedicated cleaning service to enhance your protection from contamination. The process involves our dedicated and security vetted team, in line with the latest COSHH guidelines, creating a dust free environment and includes an initial audit to establish extent of problem and best fit solution.
No stone is left unturned and areas of particular focus during the deep clean include the flooring, flooring void, ceiling void, air conditioning ducts, internal windows, cabinets and comms room peripherals.
This is all takes place around the everyday operations of your site, so it is business as usual. Plus both the temperature and air flow of the room remain constant throughout.
The cost of preventative maintenance is minor compared to what an hour of downtime can cost.
A regularly scheduled computer room cleaning treatment would help to control all the possible aforementioned contaminants that threaten to damage your equipment or contribute to the loss of your data.
Get in touch to check availability and book your clinical clean.