Protecting the health of the personnel and equipment in your data center is central to maintaining your company’s ongoing success. With recent advances in data center design, practically any amount of downtime is unacceptable. That’s why DataSpan offers computer room cleaning services and consulting to help ensure your data center and employees aren’t adversely impacted by any airborne or debris-related issues that can interrupt normal operations.
Interestingly, fire incidents are behind 21% of data center outages, the second-highest cause of downtime after power issues. This percentage is so high because computer room fires typically start either inside or close to hardware that acts as a heat source. And as you might be aware, even a small accumulation of dust particles on or near equipment can result in the combustion or explosion of concentrated particulates.
With the demands on data centers to continuously stay up and running and equally pressing concerns about operating a well-maintained facility, we should take a closer look at how professional data center cleaning may be one of the most prudent business decisions anyone can make.
Why Clean Your Data Center?
The best way to eliminate downtime is to stop problems before they start. When you choose to work with DataSpan, our specialized anti-static cleaning services will protect your storage media and other critical infrastructure assets, as well as your staff. That frees you to continue your uptime operations.
What’s more, you can be confident that all work will be carried out by our experienced data center cleaning staff. All our personnel have passed extensive background checks and possess the necessary security clearances. In addition, they have the technical skills needed to complete each job to meet the highest standards of excellence — including ISO Standard 14644 for federal and industry standards.
When it comes to enterprise-wide experience, DataSpan has been providing data center cleaning and consulting services to our clients for decades, including many Fortune 500 registered companies and secured government facilities. We provide the latest solutions for data centers, network operations centers (NOCs), computer labs, 911 centers, classrooms, trading rooms, co-lo sites, clean rooms and MDF/IDF Closets.
What Is Involved in Data Center Cleaning Services?
Data center cleaning and decontamination is an intensive process. The main goal is to keep dust and debris out of the sensitive equipment stored inside. Any dust anywhere in the facility needs to be removed, and the hardware itself needs to be carefully cleaned. Contaminants above and below the raised floor also need to be removed. This dust can end up on the hardware and jeopardize the facility’s airflow, making cooling less efficient.
Here’s what is involved in each step in the server room cleaning process:
Exterior Hardware Cleaning
Tops of Floor Cleaning
Why Is It Important to Seek a Data Center-Specific Cleaning Service?
- Low-lint and non-shedding mops.
- Dust cloths with particle absorbent material.
- Non-ammoniated cleaners.
- Electro Static Discharge (ESD) dissipative cleaning chemicals.
- Vacuums with HEPA filters to trap particulates and prevent recirculation.
Brooms, dust mops and ammoniated cleaners, standard tools of the trade for many cleaning companies, aren’t safe for a data center environment. Your cleaning partner needs to build a customized maintenance program for your controlled space.
Because of their specialization, a data center cleaning company will use a systematic and thorough method to save you time. You can clean your entire facility with zero downtime, which is crucial since an hour of downtime costs the average data center $260,000. A reputable cleaning company will also do staff background checks to prevent data breaches and equipment theft.
How Often Should a Data Center Be Cleaned?
The maintenance and cleaning schedule for your facility will depend on many factors. While you can abide by standard recommended cleaning intervals to keep your server room spic and span, the timetable can vary. Different data centers have varying levels of contaminants introduced and controls in place.
Some facilities need daily cleaning, and others only a deep scrub down once a year. Some facilities use HEPA filters in their air supply, which filter out 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold and other airborne particles. These facilities often mandate clothing like head coverings, booties, or even full-face masks for contamination control. These facilities also generally introduce fewer particulates into the environment. However, since the equipment is more sensitive to contaminants, it may require more cleanings, even several times a day.
Here are some general guidelines for data center cleanings:
- Equipment and hardware cleaning should happen at least every three months.
- Full top of floor cleaning should take place every three months and include damp-cleaning and scrubbing underneath equipment racks.
- The floor should be cleaned with a HEPA filtered vacuum at least once a week.
- Underfloor cleaning can happen less frequently, usually a minimum of once per year to every six months.
Contact DataSpan for a consultation to develop a cleaning and maintenance schedule for your facility.
The Importance of an Ongoing Maintenance Program
- Lower operational costs.
- More reliable infrastructure and longer-lasting equipment.
- Downtime prevention.
- Reduced environmental impact.
- Healthier employees.
- Prevention of insect and rodent infestations.
- Avoidance of accidental fire suppressant dumps.
- Lower risk of dust and electrical fires.
What We Offer
DataSpan offers many services as part of our comprehensive cleaning and consulting packages. Choose us for:
- Environmental report with full service clean
- Particulate counts and air quality tests taken before and after clean
- Floor surface cleaning
- Equipment cleaning
- Subfloor and above ceiling cleaning
- Post-construction cleanup
- Disaster recovery
- Subfloor sealing
- Zinc whisker remediation
- MDF/IDF closet cleaning
Cleaner Is Cooler
At DataSpan, we know a clean data center is a safe one. It shows your customers you’re operating a top-notch facility and taking every precaution to prevent fires and equipment malfunctions. With DataSpan’s cleaning services, you’ll receive many advantages, including:
- Improved equipment reliability
- Maintaining an optimal environment
- Industry recommended best practices
- Reduced downtime costs
- National and global coverage
DataSpan — Affordable Cleaning Services for Superior Results
Minimize your risk of downtime with DataSpan cleaning services. We’ve been specializing in helping data centers for more than 45 years — since 1974. In addition, we offer a nationwide discount program that’s especially appealing to companies with multiple data centers. We’ll also customize our cleaning services to fit your schedule, which means you’ll never get an upcharge, even if we need to clean on nights, weekends or holidays. We always strive to complement your workflow.
To learn more about our industry-leading data center cleaning services, contact us today.