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Cleaning Best Practices for the Arcade Industry

Cleaning Arcade Game

Preparing You & Your Business for Reopening Practices Post Quarantine


In order to ensure customer and employee safety, it is recommended that machines are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis, especially components that are touched frequently like buttons and knobs.

The CDC has provided the following guidance on cleaning and sanitizing equipment:

• Wear disposable gloves and face mask to clean and disinfect machines.

• Disposable gloves should be discarded after each cleaning.

• If reusable gloves are used, those gloves should be dedicated for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces for COVID-19 and should not be used for other purposes.

• Clean hands immediately after gloves are removed. Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. It does not kill germs, but by removing them, lowers their numbers and risk of spreading infection.

• Disinfecting refers to using chemicals, for example, EPA-registered disinfectants to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

• Consider a monthly spray disinfectant and an antimicrobial surface coating service.


For electronics such as tablets, touchscreens, keyboards, remote controls and ATM machines:

• Consider putting a wipeable cover on electronics.

• Follow manufacturer’s instruction for cleaning and disinfecting. If no guidance, use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.


Below are recommended high touch point surfaces that operators should be cleaning on a daily, even hourly basis.

• Buttons

• Control Panels

• Dart Boards

• Joysticks

• Keypads

• Touchscreens

• Trackballs

• Other surfaces such as game balls, devices for gameplay, tokens, etc.