Do you know in a recent study it is found that our cellphones can be carriers of microbial life forms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi? While many of these are harmless but there can be viruses that can survive on our phone surfaces for long enough to be transmitted to you or another person.
Given the existing scenario, it has become vital to clean and disinfect your phones regularly. But you cannot use the same soap you use to clean your hands with to clean your phones. Sanitizing your phone or tablet could be a complex matter and you need to be extra careful while cleaning them.
Do you need to clean your phone?
Do you wonder if I am washing my hands already, is it important to also clean my phone? If yes, most of the people are in the same dilemma.
According to recent sources, if people wash their hands before touching their devices, which would ordinarily be enough to prevent us from transferring the virus through touch. However, as often as people touch their devices, washing hands before contacted contact with the device would be impractical.
In fact, according to a 2019 survey, the average person touches their cellphone 2,617 times daily. Hence, wiping down the touch screens and cases of our phones should be a part of our routine.
How should you clean your phone?
Cleaning your phone or tablet could be a complicated thing and you need to be extra careful while cleaning the screen. Check out the following tips to clean and disinfect your phone against COVID-19
First and foremost, you will want to check if there are any specific instructions that they might have in order to avoid damaging your device or case for the phone screen.
Moreover, leading phone manufacturers including Apple have provided recommendations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For Apple Products:
Apple is advising the following instructions for its products:
- Unplug all power sources, devices, and cables before cleaning the phone.
- Use only a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Keep liquids away from your device.
- Avoid excessive wiping.
- Don’t allow moisture to get into any openings.
- Avoid spraying cleaners directly onto your device.
- Avoid aerosol sprays, bleaches, and abrasives.
- Use 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to wipe down any hard, nonporous surfaces.
- Avoid using chlorine bleach
Well, most of these instructions are same for all the phones, but you should still look out for the instructions.
General Instructions for cleaning your phone:
- Make sure your device is unplugged
- Clean your phone with a soft slightly damp lint-free microfibre cloth. To do it properly dampen the corner of the cloth to wipe the screen and use the dry corner to remove excess moisture left on the phone/tablet.
- Now use a disinfecting wipe to make it germs free after you are done cleaning. If you don’t have disinfecting wipes, you can use rubbing alcohol. Make sure to prepare a solution with 70% isopropyl and spray it onto a microfibre cloth. Now gently wipe your smartphone before the solution dries out.
- Another way to disinfect your device is you can invest in a UV light sanitizer to kill off the germs present on your phone. Also, while you are at it, do not forget to clean and disinfect your phone’s case.
- Furthermore, keeping your phone in a sealed case will make it easier to wipe it down with disinfectant wipes. Different types of cases need a different type of cleaning.
- Plastic/silicone cases can be cleaned by soaking in a soapy water solution and rinsing off with water.
- Leather cases can be dumped into the microfibre cloth with soapy water solution and wipe clean.
- Wood cases need to be cleaned using water and vinegar solution followed by rinsing off with water.
Things You Should Never Use to Clean Your Phone
It is important to keep your phone clean and disinfected to lessen your chances of catching the coronavirus. However, there are a few cleaning agents you should never use to clean your phone.
- Paper Towels
They may seem to be the go-to for all kinds of cleaning, using paper towels for wiping your phones leave bits and pieces of paper on them and may increase the possibility of scratches.
Vinegar can strip off the screen’s coating. You can use a 50/50 mix with distilled water to clean the sides and the back.
- Makeup Removers
Makeup removers contain chemicals inside and can be harsh on the screen. Instead, you can use a damp cloth to clean your phone.
- Window or Kitchen Cleaners
It is not recommended to use your household cleaning products on your phone. They remove the protective coatings that protect the phone from the damages caused by oil and water. It may also leave your phone more vulnerable to scratches.
- Compressed Air
Directly blowing air into the phone can damage the delicate parts of the phone like the mic. Phone companies also advise against the usage of compressed air to clean phones.
It is always a good idea to clean your phone on a regular basis although not necessarily every time you touch it. Follow these basic steps to clean your phone and say good bye to the deadly virus. Also, do not follow any instructions blindly, make sure to refer to your phone’s manufacturer instructions.