Cleaning Programs


Recommended Cleaning Services

It is important to include the following data center cleaning services as part of a preventive maintenance program to ensure the optimal environment for your data center.

Recommended Cleaning Frequencies

Cleaning frequencies are designed to provide an easy and clear standard for determining what services and frequencies are needed for your data center. Frequencies are based upon guidelines recommended by ASHRAE in their publication Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Data Center Environments.

ACPM Solutions Group equipment center cleanliness can be maintained by establishing a consistent cleaning schedule. Cleaning frequency should be increased during construction or other contamination-producing activities. The essential areas to clean and time intervals are described below:

Under Floor

Minimum of Twice per year:

* Remove large debris that cannot be vacuumed by hand.

* Vacuum all accessible surfaces with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter vacuum.

* Use mechanical actions (i.e., wiping) to remove contamination that cannot be removed by vacuuming alone.

Floor Surfaces

Minimum of once per week:

* HEPA vacuum floor surface.

Minimum of once per quarter:

* Damp-clean entire floor surface

* Scrub floor surface as needed

* Remove contamination beneath equipment racks and cabinets by brushing and HEPA vacuuming

NOTE: Most raised floor panels are covered with high-pressure laminate (HPL). This surface material is very durable but should not be abused. High-speed buffers should not be used. Low-speed scrubbers can be used. Water and non-corrosive cleaning solutions should be used sparingly and should be removed promptly from the surface. HPL flooring should never be waxed. Some, but not al HPL materials are conductive for electrostatic discharge (ESD) control. Coating this surface with standard floor finish may block the ESD path through the panel. Vinyl composition tile (VCT) floors should be periodically stripped and refinished with antistatic floor finish.

Equipment and Cabinet Exteriors

Minimum of once per quarter:

* HEPA vacuum and/or dam-wipe surfaces with an antistatic cleaner.

Environment - Walls, Sills, Ledges, etc

Minimum once per quarter:

* HEPA vacuum and/or dam-wipe surfaces with an antistatic cleaner.