Best Practices for POS Cleaning and Sanitation – How to Help Prevent the Spread of Germs

POS Hardware Cleaning Guide [Infographic]The Point of Sale can be the heart of many retail and hospitality businesses. By implementing a routine POS hardware and cash drawer cleaning schedule, you can help prevent others from getting sick by the spread of germs.

Whether your cash drawer finish is powder-coated paint or steel, your cash drawer is robust and will not be harmed by routine cleaning. The COVID-19 virus can live on stainless steel, plastic, and powder coated paint for up to 72 hours. Be sure to clean your cash drawers often to help prevent the spread of germs

POS Hardware Cleaning Tips

  • Use a household all-purpose cleaner and a microfiber cloth or soft towel for disinfecting.
  • Spray the cleaner on the towel and not directly on to the cash drawer.
  • Make sure your cloth is damp and not wet before cleaning

Steps for Cleaning Your Cash Drawer

  1. Please make sure your POS terminal Is turned off before cleaning.
  2. Clean the outside of your cash drawer frequently, wiping down the top and sides.
  3. Clean drawer front and media slots, keys, locks, and any manual push-button release.
  4. Remove till and wipe down including bill hold downs, media storage, and bill compartments.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure not to spray the slides or other internal components of the cash drawer with cleaner. Consult with your APG sales rep prior to cleaning the electrical components of the drawer.

Other Best Practices for Cleaning

  • Wash your thoroughly and hands often.
  • Keep check-out staff dedicated to tendering transactions separate from food preppers dedicated to preparing meals.
  • Mind a 6-foot space around all workers at all times.
  • Keep sanitizer at all POS check-out systems.

Consider cleaning other frequently touched surfaces around your point of sale including keyboards, touchscreens, printer, scanner and card reader for disinfecting. Review options such as countertop sneeze guards to help limit the risk of germ spread and exposure to employees and customers. Please consult your peripheral hardware supplier for proper cleaning instructions.

*Consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for disinfecting and cleaning processes. The CDC or the World Health Organization (WHO) should be your reference point for the medical and biological expertise. Please refer to the CDC’s Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations

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By Stephen Bergeron

V.P. of Sales & Marketing North America
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