Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer Cleaning and Disinfecting Guide

Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer Cleaning and Disinfecting Guide

Providing patients with a safe environment for their care and recovery requires a commitment to hand hygiene and the proper cleaning of the equipment used by healthcare professionals. Honeywell offers white disinfectant-ready CT40 models that are designed to resist the effects of harsh chemicals in a healthcare environment. This document will describe how to safely clean Honeywell disinfectant-ready mobile computers.

There are a series of articles that have been written on cleaning Honeywell healthcare devices. These include:

How is Honeywell non-healthcare housing different from healthcare disinfectant-ready housing?

At Honeywell, we know that our healthcare products must be designed to withstand the regular cleaning protocol required to address the infection and disease control needs of the industry.

Non-Healthcare Product Housing. Non-healthcare data collection hardware is traditionally housed in amorphous plastics. These plastics, including polycarbonate/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (PC/ABS), are usually chosen because they can be easily manufactured.

Housings made of PC/ABS contain a loosely packed structure that makes it easier for chemicals to penetrate the plastic. Repeated use of chemical cleansers may cause discoloration, swelling, hardening and cracking of rubber and certain plastics after prolonged and repeated use. Cracks can also lead to hardware failure, which increases the total cost of ownership by causing increased downtime and repair/replacement costs.

Manufacturers are increasingly incorporating anti-bacterial or anti-microbial additives into healthcare products. This can give end users the impression that the products perform “better” than comparable products without this labeling, when in fact the CDC notes, "No evidence is available to suggest that use of these products will make consumers and patients healthier or prevent disease... No data supports the use of these items as part of a sound infection control strategy."

Healthcare Disinfectant-ready Product Housing. Honeywell was the first company in the barcode scanning industry to introduce disinfectant-ready housings (DRHs), a healthcare solution designed specifically to address this concern. DRHs are built to withstand frequent exposure to any of the recommended cleaning solutions, minimizing the risk of spreading infectious diseases.

Products available with white disinfectant-ready housings. These products include:

  • ScanPal™ EDA51 HC
  • CT40 HC
  • PC23d Desktop Printer
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1950h
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h Battery-Free
  • Captuvo™ SL42h

How should I clean Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer disinfectant-ready healthcare product housing?

The CT40 HC Healthcare mobile computer is purpose-built for the unique demands of the healthcare environment, made from disinfectant-ready materials that are designed to withstand frequent cleaning using approved disinfecting and sanitizing agents.

Important: Please follow your organization's infection-control policies and instructions provided by the disinfectant chemical manufacturer to determine the frequency and duration with which the following cleaning procedure should be performed.

Following these instructions:

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Ensure that the battery is properly installed in the computer to prevent liquid from entering the device.
  3. Use a pre-moistened disinfectant wipe, or if using a liquid solution, apply the approved cleaning solution to a sterile cloth.
  4. Wipe all surfaces of the Honeywell computer with the moistened cloth following the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
    • Avoid pooling the cleaning solution on any part of the product to prevent the liquid from gaining access to the inside of the device.
    • The touchscreen, scanner and camera windows, buttons, and connector area require the most attention to prevent liquid from entering the device.
    • Keep a dry sterile cloth ready to dry the device after cleaning.
  5. Use a cotton-tipped swab to clean between the buttons and in other recessed areas of the computer.
  6. The cradle contacts should be cleaned monthly with a cotton-tipped swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to provide the ideal charger-to-battery contact.
  7. Let the computer completely air dry before turning on the power and/or placing it in a charger.

Download PDF: Learn to Clean Honeywell Healthcare Disinfectant-Ready Products

How to clean the touch screen and camera/scanner windows. After cleaning and disinfecting the Honeywell computer, it is recommended that the screen and lens be cleaned with glass cleaner to remove any streaking from the previous cleaning process.

  1. Lightly moisten a lint-free sterile cloth with the approved glass cleaner.
  2. Wipe the screen and lens area of the device briefly and quickly wipe dry to remove streaks or spots.

What are the approved cleaning solutions that can be used on Honeywell CT40 HC Mobile Computer?

The following cleaning solutions have been tested to assure safe cleaning of your disinfectant-ready CT40 HC mobile computer housing and connectors. Damage caused by the use of cleaners other than those listed below may not be covered by the warranty.

  • 10% bleach (sodium hypochlorite 0.55% and 90% water solution)
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water solution
  • Azowipe® 70% IPA Disinfectant Wipes
  • Clorox Dispatch® Hospital Cleaner Disinfectant Towels with Bleach
  • Clorox Formula 409® Glass and Surface Cleaner
  • Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal Wipes
  • Clorox Healthcare Hydrogen Peroxide Wipes
  • Clorox Healthcare Multi-Surface Alcohol Wipes
  • Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes
  • Dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides 0.125%
  • Dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides 0.14%
  • Diversey D10 Concentrate Detergent Sanitizer
  • Diversey Oxivir® Tb Wipes
  • Diversey Virex® II 256 One-Step Disinfectant Cleaner
  • Isopropyl alcohol 55%
  • Isopropyl alcohol wipes 70%
  • Medical hydrogen peroxide 3%
  • Medicinal alcohol 75%
  • Medipal® Alcohol Wipes
  • PDI Easy Screen® Cleaning Wipe
  • PDI Sani-Cloth Bleach Germicidal Disposable Wipe
  • PDI Sani-Cloth HB Sani-Germicidal Disposable Wipe
  • PDI Sani-Cloth Plus Germicidal Disposable Wipe
  • PDI Sani-Cloth® AF3 Germicidal Disposable Wipe
  • PDI Super Sani-Cloth Germicidal Wipe
  • Peracetic Acid Solution 0.2%
  • Progressive Products Wipes Plus®
  • Sani Professional® Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
  • Sani-Hands® Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes
  • SC Johnson Windex with Ammonia-D
  • Sodium hypochlorite 0.55%
  • Sodium hypochlorite solution 0.05%
  • Spartan Hepacide Quat II
  • Sterets Alcowipe
  • Sterets Alcowipe®
  • Steris Coverage Plust Germicidal Surface Wipes
  • Veridien Viraguard®

How can I find Honeywell product user guides to review cleaning instructions?

We encourage you to consult your Honeywell product user guide for your specific cleaning directions.

How to find your Honeywell product user guide. The following is the instruction on how to find your Honeywell product user guide.

  1. Go to https://www.honeywellaidc.com/. This is the homepage for “HONEYWELL SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY SOLUTIONS”.
  2. At the top righthand side of the page, locate the SEARCH box.
  3. Place the name of your product in the search box window along with the words “user guide”. Examples of search terms would be:
    • ScanPal™ EDA51 HC User Guide
    • CT40 HC Cleaning Guide
    • PC23d Desktop Printer User Guide
    • Xenon Extreme Performance 1950h User Guide
    • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h User Guide
    • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h Battery-Free User Guide
    • Captuvo™ SL42h
  4. Once you have entered the words, click return. You will be brought to the Honeywell website location where you can find the desired document.
  5. Find your user guide and click to open. This will open a PDF version of the product user guide.
  6. Once your user guide is open, you can search the index for cleaning your device or do a document search on the term “clean” or “cleaning.

Example of Honeywell Product User Guides. The following are examples of different product user guides and their cleaning instructions.

  1. Mobile Computer: ScanPal™ EDA51 HC User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 76) 
  2. Mobile Computer: CT40 HC Cleaning Guide (Cleaning instruction) 
  3. Mobile Computer: CT40 HC User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 87) 
  4. Printer: PC23d Desktop Printer User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 127) 
  5. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1950h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 
  6. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 
  7. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h Battery-Free User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 

Where can I learn more about Honeywell healthcare solutions?

The following are links to learn more about Honeywell Healthcare solutions.

  1. Honeywell Healthcare Mobile Computers 
  2. Honeywell Healthcare Barcode Scanners 
  3. Honeywell Healthcare Solutions 


Barry J. Ewell

Barry J. Ewell is a Senior Content Marketing Communications Specialist for Honeywell Industrial Automation. He has been researching and writing on supply chain topics since 1991.