Data centers need to be cleaned regularly in order to protect equipment and employees from harmful airborne hazards. Accumulated dust and debris can contaminate the airflow within a facility and cause clogged circuitry, increased risk of fire, accidental fire suppressant discharge and miscellaneous health problems.
A maintenance program with scheduled cleaning intervals ranging from once per year to once a day, can keep computer rooms running at peak performance. When facing minor contamination issues in between maintenance visits by your preferred cleaning contractor, a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner is the best tool for employees to contain dust and debris.
Look for a vacuum that features a multi-stage system which allows debris to pass through several steps of filtration such as a paper bag and main cloth filter, with each level acting as a barrier to the next. By the time the particles reach the last stage, the exhaust filter, the majority of the debris will have been trapped by previous filters. A vacuum equipped with a HEPA exhaust filter retains 99.97% down to and including 0.3 microns to further prevent hazardous dust from becoming airborne.
Don’t forget to pay attention to these areas when cleaning:
- around equipment
- underfloor plenum
(This blog posted in conjunction with a dealer promotion awarded to Data Clean.)