As part of our occasional series of blogs on specialist cleaning for FM companies, we take a closer look at data room cleaning.
Information technology has transformed the way we work in the twenty-first century. But companies can be vulnerable to IT failures, whether it’s because of cyberattacks, software problems, or hardware malfunctions. While we can’t help with the first two of these, we can help with the third, by using our specialist cleaning expertise. It’s the next in our occasional series of blogs looking at some of the services we deliver for facilities management (FM) companies. This time round, we’re focusing on data room cleaning, and the role this plays in making sure that their IT equipment operates safely and efficiently.
Why FM companies need data room cleaning
Most FM companies and offices have a dedicated data centre, also known as a computer room or data room. These are simply locations where companies keep computing and networking equipment and servers. They may be used for collecting, storing, processing, distributing, or allowing access to large amounts of data. Or they may be a much smaller operation, as the basis for a local network within a building. When it comes to data rooms, size doesn’t matter, but cleanliness does.
Unclean conditions can lead to an equipment’s poor performance. Dirty surroundings can lead to a build-up of particles and dust in and around the equipment. To ensure health & safety of staff and the efficient use of computers and other equipment, it’s vital to eliminate dirt and dust. Keeping a data room clean can help optimise the equipment’s performance, as being in a dust-free environment can be crucial to a machine’s long-term performance. Removal of dust and overall hygiene also helps regulate a data room’s temperature. If there is too much dust clogging a piece of machinery, the build-up of particles can make it difficult to cool machines – and overheating machines can compromise equipment further.
Dedicated teams that minimise system outages
FM companies may be concerned about the maintenance and health of data rooms as well as the equipment in them. It’s not easy to clean a data room thoroughly. Only a professional cleaning company knows how to clean the hard-to-reach spots which are susceptible to dust accumulation. Whether it’s surface cleaning or underfloor plenum cleaning, it’s vital to avoid clogged circuity. And cleaning delicate equipment requires experience and proper training.
Our dedicated facilities management cleaning teams know their way around data room cleaning. We’ll make sure that the rooms are as far as possible kept free of dust, which can cause performance problems in IT systems. Our cleaners prevent contamination from building up in a data room, but they’re also responsible for not bringing contaminants into a room. We use PPE such as shoe covers and hairnets that can help avoid further contamination of sensitive locations.
Air hygiene and desktop cleaning is also important
Data rooms and server centres also need top-notch cooling systems to deal with the heat output of IT equipment which may be operating 24/7. We’ll ensure that ventilation systems are kept clean and fully functional. And beyond data rooms and server centres, we can also keep desktop IT equipment clean too. From keyboards and other peripherals through to screens and desktop units, we can perform regular janitorial cleaning as part of our general office cleaning service.
We can’t advise on cybersecurity, though of course, we do take it very seriously in our own business. Nor do we pretend to be experts in the best software for your operations. But we can deliver on hardware hygiene – and ensure that dirt and dust are not impacting your IT equipment.
To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our data room cleaning services for FM companies, contact one of the team today.
Telephone: 01283 550 503
Post by Shaun D. Doak
Shaun is the CEO of REACT Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.