There has been a sort of a cleaning drive in every home out of fear after the coronavirus struck. Even if you can hardly get the Coronavirus on your smartphone, you have to clean it occasionally because it gets a little grubby over time. Let’s show you how to properly clean your smartphone carefully without using conventional cleaning agents.
In times of Coronavirus, some users may wonder whether the smartphone they are holding against their face is potentially dangerous but there is no reason for that. Along with that, there is a popular misconception that a smartphone holds more germs than a toilet seat. The case might be true with phones kept with utter carelessness but not all smartphones. The cell phone is not a vacuum cleaner that catches dirt. In comparison to the number of germs on human hands, the germ load on cell phones is negligible.
Modern smartphones in particular are super dry and smooth, which means that only a few germs can stick to them. They would find little to eat and would hardly be able to reproduce. In contrast, the bacterial load is higher on old button telephones.
The user of the smartphone has a great influence on how many germs are there on the cell phone. In a way, the surface of the smartphone is a reflection of its user. Those who rarely wash their hands, use their smartphone while eating and in the toilet, transmit significantly more germs to their device than those who do not. The physical condition of the smartphone also has an impact on the germ load because Bacteria, viruses, and mold can stick particularly well in scratches and dents.
Official advice on how to properly clean your smartphone
Smartphone providers such as Apple or Samsung often provide cleaning tips on their websites for their users. They advise switching off the device and removing all connections beforehand. The best way to clean the device is with a soft, lint-free, slightly damp microfiber cloth. With heavy dirt, users can also use some soapy water. It is important that no moisture gets into the openings of the phone. Many smartphones are waterproof or water-resistant. All manufacturers advise to play it safe and wipe it off immediately with a cloth.
Do not use detergents to clean the smartphone
It is not at all recommended to clean the cell phone using harsh detergents because the coronavirus can also be easily immobilized with soapy water. Besides, smartphone disinfection is also hardly possible because, with the required amount of soapy water and exposure time, the risk of the disinfectants getting into the gaps between the devices is high.
Other cleaning agents such as glass cleaners can also damage the smartphone. Most touch displays have an oil-repellent coating. It ensures that fingerprints do not stick there. Cleaning the display with alcohol-based cleaning agents will gradually remove the grease-repellent coating.
Clean connections very carefully
The connections of a smartphone are very sensitive especially the headphone jack, the charging port, and the speaker. Therefore, users should clean them carefully and without moisture. You can use cotton swabs or a soft toothbrush. If you have small bellows from your SLR camera, you can also use it for cleaning. Compressed air cleaners should never be used as they usually use in shops.
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If you travel a lot, meet many different people, and also use your cell phone in the kitchen or toilet, you should clean it more often. A message for those who still fear for the germs on their cellphones, cell phone germs pose no danger to healthy people in the household.