5 Steps to Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Point-of-Sale Equipment

The point-of-sale system is the center of any retail, grocery, or restaurant setting. Many people each day will make purchases using a payment terminal, which means that touching the equipment is a regular part of daily operations.

This guidance provides recommendations on the cleaning and disinfection of rooms or areas occupied by those with suspected or with confirmed COVID-19. It is aimed at limiting the survival of SARS-CoV-2 in key environments. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available.

These guidelines are focused on community, non-healthcare facilities such as schools, institutions of higher education, offices, daycare centers, businesses, and community centers that do, and do not, house persons overnight. These guidelines are not meant for cleaning staff in healthcare facilities or repatriation sites, households, or for others for whom specific guidance already exists.

It’s no secret that not only is money dirty, but the credit cards and terminals we use every day are getting swiped or inserted, changing hands, or sitting on bar tops. Regular cleaning and sanitization are an essential part in keeping merchants and customers safe and will not impact the performance of your equipment

The CDC provides general guidelines for how to tackle germs that can survive on the surfaces of devices and countertops. They recommend using at least 70% isopropyl alcohol which will disinfect touch screens and devices without damaging them. Follow the simple steps below to learn how to properly sanitize your POS systems and payment devices:

1. Gather Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need to clean and disinfect your POS, so you can keep on swiping:

  • Disposable gloves
  • Isopropyl alcohol with 70% to 90% concentration
  • Spray bottle
  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Bowl of water

2. Power Down

Before you embark on any POS cleaning or maintenance, you’ll want to power off and unplug your POS. Powering down ensures wiping down the touchscreen won’t inadvertently trigger a transaction. Plus, it will protect your POS’s internal components from water damage and eliminate.

3. Disinfect the Screen

Next, using your spray bottle, spray the Isopropyl alcohol directly on the cleaning cloth. Do not spray anything onto the device itself. Gently wipe the display touchscreen to sanitize it. Follow up with a dry towel to mop up any excess moisture. Be careful not to allow any moisture to enter the card swiping mechanism.

4. Wipe Down the Rest of the Equipment

Wipe the display’s swivel arm and the top and sides of its base with your damp cloth to remove any dust or surface stains. The top and sides of your POS printer can also be wiped down with the alcohol-treated cloth.Although the manufacturer’s instructions indicate you shouldn’t frequently — if ever — need to clean the inside of your Clover Station printer, if you do decide to clean it, you’ll want to do so only with a dry cloth or paper towel — never with water.

5. Let It Dry

After you’ve finished disinfecting your equipment, give the screen one last wipe down with a soft dry cloth towel or a dry microfiber cloth. Make sure the screen is completely dry before turning on your touchscreen POS. Make sure the equipment is completely dry before powering it back on.

6. Repeat Daily

POS equipment and payment device cleaning and disinfecting should be done at least once every day. This will ensure that you are keeping your merchants safe and extending the life of your equipment.

Keeping your POS equipment and payment devices clean and sanitized is critical for the health and safety of your customers and merchants. Creating a strict schedule of proper cleaning will protect from harmful germs and bacteria and support the long-term health of your equipment.