I have a skin condition which causes the skin on my face to dry out and flake off. Sometimes I have good days and I have little issues, others I have bad ones and it can look like a blizzard has hit my desk and keyboard. I've been to the doctor about it and have had many treatments and creams thrown at me, but alas the condition prevails and I mostly deal with it the best I can.
The biggest issue I have is that my keyboard and surrounding area can look quite bad, which can be embarrassing when an impromptu meeting occurs at my desk. I try to keep it clean, but some days that would require me cleaning my keyboard/desk every 5 minutes just to keep on top of it and it's not the most efficient use of my time. Generally I use a cloth and try to wipe the dust and dry skin particles away. Are there better ways to handle this?
I'm in an open office environment, so using anything noisy wouldn't be the best solution.
The reason I consider this a workplace issue, is because at home I honestly don't care about my keyboard/desk getting dirty and I can clean it once in a while in a deep spring clean. At work, that's not really possible as:
- I'm in a more public environment. Keeping up appearances can be important
- The equipment and surrounding area do not belong to me, I should be handing all equipment back to the office in a suitable condition
- Other people may also want to use my equipment, e.g. during code review, and giving them dirty stuff to use isn't exactly professional