Employee Experience

Recommendations for how to clean VR headsets

For enterprises using VR-based training

A VR headset sitting on a table in front of a white man

With cleanliness and sanitation so top of mind these days, we felt it was important to share our recommendations for enhanced care and handling of VR headsets in an enterprise environment. 

In fact, Immersive Learning is being used to onboard and train for highly impactful work situations. The approach offers an engaging and effective way to train in health and safety procedures, rolling out new processes and technology, dealing with potentially chaotic environments, and more. Companies have found that they can reduce training times by up to 96% while improving knowledge retention and employee confidence.

Keep reading to learn how to clean a VR headset, from basic daily practices to advanced solutions for high-volume VR training.

Why companies are turning to VR to train faster

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How to clean a VR headset

Step 1. Wash hands.

Before and after handling any VR training equipment, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Follow CDC handwashing protocol as outlined here.

Step 2: Disinfect.

Use disinfecting wipes to wipe down the headsets, controller, storage carts, and training areas. Keep in mind that some wipes can be harsh on the skin and should be supplemented with more skin-friendly wipes.

Step 3: Wash face pads and straps.

If possible, you may also wash the face pads and headset straps periodically, either with your own laundry facilities or through a professional cleaning service.

Note: It is important to replace face pads and headset straps regularly, and if they are visibly worn or dirty. More frequent washing of face pads and straps will require more frequent replacement.

Advanced VR headset cleaning solutions

The above basics on how to clean a VR headset should be incorporated into employees’ daily practices. However, for high-volume VR training at scale, enterprises may need to use the following advanced recommendations.

  • More frequent washing of face pads and headset straps
  • Use of UV-C technology to kill germs with UV light
  • Labeling clean headset with reusable paper inserts
  • List instructions for how to clean the VR headset directly on the insert
  • Use of disposable paper masks

Data-driven solutions for headset hygiene

The above-mentioned tips for how to clean a VR headset have been developed in collaboration with Strivr customers, keeping in mind that every enterprise has different needs and processes. Ultimately, we recommend doing what’s best for your organization and are working closely with our customers to help them do just that. As the situation changes, new information and guidelines may become necessary.

If you are a Strivr customer, please contact your dedicated Customer Success Manager to formulate a customized hygiene plan. If you’re not a customer but want to upgrade the hygiene practices of your high-volume VR training, reach out to us to formulate a customized training and hygiene plan, and how to invest in supplementary equipment and/or resources.

Learn more with Strivr

Proper headset hygiene is an integral part of all VR training programs. We are providing these recommendations to help you with the cleaning and care of your VR headsets in administering Immersive Learning at scale. If you want to learn more, listen to Strivr CEO Derek Belch answer hygiene-related questions in our ‘Ask Me Anything’ webinar recording

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