Forgetting to clean your cellphone means nasty germs and bacteria spreading on your skin, in your home and office and anywhere you go. Even though it may seem to you that there is nothing to clean about a phone, think twice. These gadgets are everywhere with you. They gather dirt and dust from the street, from your hands, from other people’s fingers. They accumulate debris when you accidentally drop them on the ground. Bacteria and germs can cause infection and other health problems. Thus, you should make it a habit to clean your device on a regular basis.
Cleaning a gadget that has delicate components is a tricky thing. You need to be careful not to break or damage the device. Here we will show you what products and materials you can use to safely clean your smartphone.
Cleaning Materials and Products
Before you get started, check out the materials you are going to need:
if you don’t have cotton swabs, you can use Q-tips or cotton balls. Wood shafted cotton swabs are the best option.
Lint-free microfiber cloth:
a lot of devices are sold with lint-free microfiber cloths. If you don’t have one, you can purchase a cloth from pharmacies and eyeglass stores.
this will serve to clean hard plastic and keypad
you need distilled water to clean camera lens and screen. Distilled water is a better alternative in this situation because it doesn’t have the chemicals that tap water contain and it doesn’t leave a white film on the surface.
When thinking of the materials list, make sure you exclude solvents, aerosol sprays, window cleaners, ammonia, abrasives or other harsh chemicals, for they can damage your smartphone.
The first thing to do is to turn off the device and remove the battery. If you use a cover on the gadget, take it off.
If your phone has a keypad or keyboard, it should be your starting point. Take a cotton swab and soak it into diluted rubbing alcohol. Squeeze the swab to remove the excess liquid. Next, rub the keypad. Make sure you don’t apply too much pressure. Also, don’t let any alcohol get under the keyboard or inside the phone.
For the rest of the phone you can use rubbing alcohol.
When you wipe down the entire device, use a cloth or another cotton swab to dry the surface. If there are any remaining stains under the battery cover, take a Q-tip and distilled water and rub. Don’t forget to dry the entire surface if you use water to clean your smartphone.
Your camera lens needs cleaning as well. Use a cotton swab and water to clean the surface using circular motion. When you finish rubbing, make sure you dry the lens with a cloth or towel. Don’t let water dry on the lens.
Next, wet the lint-free microfiber. Note that you don’t want to soak the cloth. Wipe down the screen using single strokes. We don’t recommend moving in circular motions as this may cause scratches.
Should you have cracks on the screen, removing the screen protector is not advisable. In case you removed the protector, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how and when to apply a new one.
When you are done cleaning the device, let it dry completely before you reassemble it. When sufficient time has passed, put back the battery and turn on the phone. You now have a germless phone.
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