Honeywell Disinfectant-Ready Housing Cleaning and Disinfecting Guide

Honeywell Disinfectant-Ready Housing 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. This document will describe how to safely clean Honeywell disinfectant-ready mobile computers, docking cradles, barcode scanners and printers.

This is part of a series of articles on cleaning Honeywell healthcare devices, including

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:

  • ScanPal™ EDA51 HC
  • CT40 HC
  • PC23d Desktop Printer
  • Xenon Ultra 1960h
  • Xenon Ultra 1962h
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1950h
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h
  • Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h Battery-Free
  • Captuvo™ SL42h

What are the approved cleaning solutions that can be used on Honeywell disinfectant-ready healthcare product housing?

As many harsh cleaning solutions can damage certain plastics, the following list of cleaning solutions are safe to use with Honeywell disinfectant-ready mobile computers and barcode scanners.

  • Sani-Cloth®
  • HBSani-Cloth Plus
  • Sani-Cloth Bleach
  • Super Sani-Cloth
  • Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes (70%)
  • CaviWipes™
  • Virex® 256
  • 409® Glass and Surface Cleaner
  • Windex® Blue
  • Clorox® Bleach – 10%
  • Gentle dish soap and water

How should I clean Honeywell disinfectant-ready healthcare product housing?

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 locked into the unit to prevent liquid from entering the electronics.
  3. Apply the approved cleaning solutions from the above list to a sterile cloth or use the wipes provided.
  4. Wipe all surfaces of the Honeywell device with the moistened cloth or wipes for the time required by the disinfectant solution.
    • 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 display window, keyboard, triggers and connector areas require the most attention to avoid liquid 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 keys on the keyboard and in other recessed areas of the device.
  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.

How to clean the display or lens after disinfecting. After cleaning and disinfecting the Honeywell device, it is recommended that the display or lens area be cleaned with a glass cleaner to remove any streaking left from the previous cleaning process.

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

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

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://sps.honeywell.com/us/en. 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 Ultra 1960h User Guide
    • Xenon Ultra 1962h 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. 78) 
  2. Mobile Computer: CT40 HC Cleaning Guide (Cleaning instruction) 
  3. Mobile Computer: CT40 HC User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 98) 
  4. Printer: PC23d Desktop Printer User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 127) 
  5. Scanner: Xenon Ultra 1960h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 283)
  6. Scanner: Xenon Ultra 1962h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 283)
  7. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1950h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 
  8. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 
  9. Scanner: Xenon Extreme Performance 1952h Battery-Free User Guide (Cleaning instruction p. 291) 

Where can I learn more about Honeywell healthcare solutions?

Learn more about Honeywell's healthcare solutions here:

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


Barry J. Ewell

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