While we do know that many germs, including the Coronavirus, die within a minute after being exposed to disinfectant home cleaners that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide, these are not suitable for cleaning your phone. In cleaning your phone, you’ll have to rely on the third option - isopropyl alcohol at a concentration of at least 70%. Alcohol evaporates very quickly, which means that it will clean your device without damaging the screen and seeping through the seams into the device itself. The same instructions work well for both smartphones and tablets.
Cleaners you can use to wipe down your smartphone include:
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1. Before cleaning, make sure to disconnect your phone from any cables and power sources.
2. Do NOT use bleach, hand sanitizer or any liquid cleaner not intended for use on electronic devices. Even if these products are alcohol-based, such as hand sanitizers, they also have moisturizing properties because they’re intended to be used on skin and could damage your phone.
3. Only use lint-free cloths to clean your device: fluffy microfiber cloths, cotton balls, and cotton rounds can damage the device and make cleaning more difficult. In our experience, cloths made to clean glasses work the best.
4. Keep in mind that alcohol only works on hard surfaces, so if your phone has a leather or any soft case, it’s best to avoid cleaning it with alcohol. If you’re in doubt about a certain product or material, we recommend you contact the manufacturer and ask for safe cleaning instructions.
5. Remember! Any amount of moisture can harm your phone, so make sure not to spray alcohol directly onto the screen. Instead, spray a cloth with alcohol to wipe down the phone. The cloth should be slightly damp, but not wet.
Cleaning your phone is easy - gently wipe down the phone, making sure to get all the sides and the edges. We recommend taking off the case and cleaning each part separately, letting both the case and the device itself dry completely before re-assembling. Remember to repeat this at least once a day, as well as after every time you go outside. Stay safe!