Thinking about how to avoid colds, flu, and worse, and I have some questions for the community:
A) What kind of cleaner is safe to use on machines to clean off the flipper buttons, adjacent cabinet, lockdown bar and start button area? I hear that influenza and our new coronavirus can be destroyed by soaps, degreasers, alcohol, or bleach solutions - but I don’t want to use bleach on my games! Any experience with cleaners to share?
B) What steps do you take to avoid getting sick from other players?
My flipper hygiene practices so far have been to wash my hands after playing or before eating, and to only touch my nose/eyes with parts that don’t touch the pinball machine (usually a forearm). I sometimes wipe down my phone afterward too, but iPhones say not to use cleaners on the screen…
When you are done working on a machine, wash your hands with soap and water while you sing to yourself the “Happy Birthday Song” twice or "Stayin’ Alive’ and you are good to go. That is provided you haven’t touched your face a lot while shaking hands and smooching others playing your games with you.
I’ve installed auto hand sanitzing dispensers in my home arcade for events. Having seen how the average person cleans games I’d rather they didn’t do it. One game I have at our pinball club is having the artwork lift on the side of the game. I plan for events at my house (which are 90% matchplay) to have breaks on ever other round to clean the games. Assuming we ever have events again.
Its amazing how quickly the availability of cake clears the arcade to make room for cleaning time
Suspect that would have limited benefit unless everyone or at least a substantial majority keeps wearing a mask. I’m personally hoping this isn’t the ongoing norm if the pandemic has passed and we are close to the pre-covid days interns of infection risk.
Many big ifs for sure but the vaccine is looking increasingly positive.