How to clean your cell phone properly?
Handled more than 150 times a day, the smartphone is a real nest of microbes. But it is also a fragile device that should not be cleaned anyhow. Here are the steps on how to clean your cell phone and the mistakes to avoid.
Handled a hundred times a day on the bus, during meals, or after shaking hands with your colleagues, your mobile phone screen contains more bacteria than the toilet bowl, according to a 2017 study. A veritable nest of germs, the screen should be cleaned regularly to avoid spreading potential diseases.
Wiping your screen with the edge of a T-shirt will unfortunately not be very effective. But spraying it with disinfectant is not a good idea either.
How to clean your cell phone: what to avoid
- Window cleaner, household detergent, solvent, ammonia, or alcohol-based products. Newer phones have an oleophobic protective coating that can be damaged over time by these types of products.
- Paper towels or paper napkins: although these materials may not seem abrasive at first glance, their structure can damage the screen.
- Spray a cleaner directly. The liquid may get into the unit.
- Do not immerse the phone in water. Even when it is waterproof, the phone is mostly splash-proof and should not be completely submerged.
- Dry the phone with a hairdryer. Remember: phones don't like heat.
- Reconnect the phone when it is still wet.
How to clean your smartphone: the right thing to do
- Unplug the phone from any power source and turn it off.
- Remove it from its shell or case and clean it separately (a silicon case can be immersed in soapy water).
- Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth, such as an eyeglass cloth.
- If you find stubborn marks, soak the cloth in warm soapy water and gently wipe the screen. You can also use special cleaning solutions sold in phone shops.
- Don't forget the buttons on the side, which are also handled very frequently, and the hard-to-reach places where bacteria can grow.
How often should I clean my phone?
The screen should be wiped daily. Plan a thorough cleaning once a week depending on the intensity of use or after handling it in a dirty place.
To limit contamination, wash your hands regularly, especially after using the toilet, and avoid using the phone at the table.
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