Tips on keeping your data center clean

Tips on keeping your data center clean

It’s essential to keep your data center clean. Your data center is vital to your  business.

Set a schedule for regular floor and equipment surface cleaning. This can be done quarterly; however, more often would be preferable.

The sub-floor plenum should be cleaned annually at the very least. It’s important that you keep any contaminants such as dust, dirt, bacteria and mold spores from getting into the air. Once the contaminants are airborne, they’ll enter the air vent intake system of the equipment and will get under the floor fire alarm sensors.

You should never allow debris from accumulating in the sub-floor. You can clean the sub-floor plenum by vacuuming underneath the raised floor; however, make sure you use a HEPA filter vacuum.

The HVAC and CRAC (computer room air conditioner) cleaning are very labor intensive; however, keeping these clean will help prevent outside contaminants from entering your data center in the first place.

You should always include a filter change and return air duct cleaning as part of your routine. If you notice a black dusty coating on your sub-floor, this is usually a sign that you have worn out AC belts or belts that are out of alignment.

Seal all of the raised floor cable cutouts with brushed grommets to help eliminate airflow bypass and to help reduce contaminants from getting into the air handlers and the electrical equipment.

Periodically clean the ceiling voids. Clean the overhead ceiling above eight feet by vacuuming above the drop tiles and wiping clean any overhead raceways. It’s best to change out your fissured ceiling tiles for clean room tiles if you can. Fissured tiles continuously flake and give off microscopic particles that will end up in your AC filters, on circuit boards, disk surfaces and in your IT equipment filters as well.

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