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Maintaining clean computers and other
equipment is vital to a healthy and
Computer key boards in particular
can harbour myriad germs including flu
viruses that can be easily transmitted
unknowingly to multiple users.
Peter Norris, former owner of Clean
Air Australasia for 22 years, after
having sold the business last year to
a New Zealand company, saw that
Hygienic Computers was up for sale and
considered it a natural progression in the
control of microbial infections.
Clean Air Australasia specialised in
designing, building and installing ozone
“I bought the Hygienic Computers’
business in December,” Norris said.
“We have several long-term contracts,
especially with libraries, and a few
government departments which we hope
to expand on, and revamp the business
as a national brand rather than solely
operating in SA.
“We have 24 libraries in total in SA,
including Semaphore Library which the
company has been servicing for more
than 10 years,” he said.
“Given that we are the only company
in South Australia that does this, we
are contemplating expanding into ACT
Norris said he recently attended a ‘Meet
the Buyer’ symposium and now has several
confirmed appointments with government
departments to demonstrate how Hygienic
Computers can improve the health of their
“We are in a real growth stage at
the moment,” Norris said.
Hygienic Computers offers regular
cleaning regimes for equipment which
is regularly operated or handled by
multiple people including computers,
telephones, fax machines, photocopiers,
cash registers, desktop printers, laptops,
hand-held scanners, mobile phones,
shredders, label printers and touch
screen self-serve kiosks.
Apart from obvious spillage of food or
drink, these items also contain a lot of
unseen grime such as sweat or dead skin.
A computer clean includes initially
vacuuming the monitor/screen, back
and front, then the keyboard and tower
vents, followed by wiping the screen with
Hygienic Computers to expand nationally
After more than 20 years’ operation, South Australian-based Hygienic Computers has a new owner and fresh
direction. INCLEAN’s Lorraine Day spoke to new owner Peter Norris about the company’s expansion plans.
an anti-microbial, antistatic solution,
and then brushing and wiping the
keyboard, mouse and other surfaces with
a disinfectant product using a separate
microfibre cloth for the screen.
“Carried out regularly, this provides
a healthy work environment for people
using the work stations,” Norris said.
Coinciding with the expansion of the
business, Hygienic Computers will be
introducing a new Australian-made
“It is an anti-microbial, surface
protection that prevents further
contamination,” Norris explained.
“When we introduce Fresche, expected
to be in May, it will replace the present
“Then, once the equipment has
been cleaned, it will be sprayed again
with Fresche providing a microscopic
protective film so the item stays clean.”
Once the spray is applied it continues to
act as a barrier until the surface is broken.
“Under a microscope, this product
has millions of spikes which pierce the
membrane of any bacteria or microbes,
killing them, so they then can’t move or
be transferred to anything else.
“Any minute particles of food scraps,
etc, remaining in the keyboard are
still there, but the bacteria is killed.
Each time the computer is cleaned,
recommended every three months,
another layer of film is applied.”
According to Norris, Hygienic
Computers will be replacing its microfibre
cloths with disposable anti-microbial
“We will use a new cloth for each
station, and then we can totally guarantee
no transfer from one station to another.”
Hygienic Computers employs four
service people plus a newly-appointed
distributor, Lynne O’Sullivan, who will
assist Norris in facilitating the expansion
of the business and distribution of the
new Fresche product.
“I have a nursing background and
Hygienic Computers appealed to me
under the auspices of infection control,”
“We are looking to expand into
general medical, hospital and GP clinics,
especially with the talk of an impending
“There are so many more hospital-
acquired infections, such as MRSA,
that are becoming resistant and these
are occurring not just from in hospitals;
e-coli, for instance, is rife.
“It is going to be biological warfare that
will kill us in the long term.
“We need to get back to common sense;
washing hands with soap and water.”
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