Like any other technological devices, a credit card machine is not immortal – and neither are we in the face of certain germs. Yet it’s easy to forget the influence a card machine can have on the spread of viral conditions like the coronavirus, or that inside a terminal, a brigade of dirt can slowly disable the tech over time.
Your reason for cleaning a payment terminal will determine how and how often you’ll want to sanitise it, which we’ll come to further below. First, these are the main reasons why businesses clean their card machines:
1. To prevent the spread of germs
It’s logical when you think of it: customer after customer will enter their PINs with the same buttons, perhaps holding the terminal in their hands. Employees at the till will rip off receipts, touch the keypad and move it around on the counter.
If someone with a bacterial infection left their germs on the surface and another person picks it up, the onus is on the unaware person to wash their hands before touching their face in order to prevent infection. It is more responsible for a business to disinfect the card machine regularly to prevent this from happening.