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Server rooms are on average smaller compared to a data-centre, yet just as significant in regard to the productivity and every day operation of your organisation.

Reputable organisations such as CISCO, EMC, Google and Dell all require a routine server maintenance program to be conducted, in order to minimise the risk of server down time and ensure the sustained stability of operations.

It’s crucial that hardware manufacturers and organisations recruit a specialist Server room cleaning service, because if hardware is left unclean, the warranty of server equipment such as rack mounts and power distribution units may be deemed void.

The main aim of Server room cleaning is to minimise the risk of critical failure due to static discharge or dust contamination. Server hygienists should carefully apply topical anti bacterial and anti static solutions with micro fibre cloths, as to eliminate hazardous particulates from causing damage to server equipment.

A preventative server maintenance program, should include thorough cleaning of the floor voids, ceiling voids, floor tiles, internal and external of racks, high level cable trays, ethernet trunking, A/C units, PDU’s, doors and ledges. All accessible raised floor tiles should be neutralised during the server room cleaning process, eliminating any static electricity build up; all chairs, carts and boxes moved during the service have to be returned to their original location.

Specialist cleaning operatives need to pay close attention to underfloors, making sure any cables, connections, sensors, piping and fire suppression systems are thoroughly sanitised. As part of the underfloor decontamination process, all stringers and pedestal surfaces have been wiped clean and all build-up removed.

Zinc whisker contamination is a growing source of equipment outages in server rooms. It’s important that server room cleaning operatives perform regular visual checks for potential sources of zinc contamination.

Subsequent to initial deep cleaning, ongoing cleaning of the server floor environment is advised in order to maintain a high standard of hygiene.

Contamination externally and internally of equipment will cause equipment to retain heat and cause unwanted downtime if a server cleaning program is not maintained. In addition, power requirements will increase, as high powered fans will have to work at a faster rotation per minute in order to keep hardware within optimal temperatures.

A routinely scheduled Server room cleaning service will minimise the need for reactive cleaning management, prove cost effective on a rolling program, and decrease the probability of contamination and expensive down time to the business.

How to Conduct a Preventative Server Room Cleaning Service in Order to Maintain Optimal Hygiene