Should I use cleaning products or not?
Smartphone manufacturers from Samsung to Apple have instructions to help you clean your smartphone safely. This usually means cleaning with a damp, lint-free cloth and avoiding harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners and pressurized air.
Powerful cleaning products can accelerate the wear rate of the oleophobic (water-repellent) coating on the screen. This coating will gradually degrade as you use your device over the years. The use of alcohol and household sprays can speed up the process. The use of bleach and other harsh chemicals will completely remove it.
Apple recently updated your official cleaning board. According to Apple, it is safe now cleaning the iPhone with disinfectant wipes. However, you should not spray the device directly with a cleaning spray. Here’s what Apple says:
“With a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox disinfectant wipes, you can easily clean the hard, non-porous surfaces of your Apple product, such as your screen, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Do not use bleach. Avoid moisture in the openings and do not immerse your Apple product in any cleaning agent. Do not use on cloth or leather surfaces. «
CDC recommend everyone to «clean all surfaces» with high touch «every day» to protect against the spread of COVID-19. These surfaces include smartphones, tablets, keyboards, and other commonly used technology. We will show you how to do this safely using recommendation from CDC use «alcoholic solutions with at least 70% alcohol» to kill germs without damaging your device.
The other option is to use a disinfectant device for the smartphone that cleans with UV rays. However, its efficacy against SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, has not been proven.
First, clean your case
You can effectively clean your smartphone case by removing it and washing it with warm soapy water.
Because the cases are relatively inexpensive and replaceable, you can also use 70% isopropyl alcohol or a broad-spectrum cleaning spray to completely disinfect them. If you are on this route, try the following:
- Alcohol consumption isopropyl al 70%: Immerse a soft, lint-free cloth in alcohol and apply it to the smartphone case. Go into any corner and clean the entire casing. Allow the alcohol to evaporate. It will not leave traces like water.
- Using an alcohol-based cleansing spray: Take a soft, lint-free cloth and spray it with the cleaning spray of your choice. Apply the cleaning spray in the corners and then wipe the smooth surfaces. Allow the spray to evaporate.
With the case clean, you can now continue to clean your smartphone.
Disinfect your smartphone
Most modern smartphones are waterproof, but it is not the best idea to keep them under an open tap. For example, all the iPhones on the iPhone 7 were «waterproof», but Apple still was recommend to wipe the iPhone with a damp cloth instead of completely dipping it. Water resistance is there for any eventuality. Many factors could endanger the water resistance of the device, including damage caused by its fall.
The CDC has recommendation for persons suspected or confirmed by COVID-19 and members of their household to prevent the further spread of the disease. While most people who read this do not fall into this category, the tips provide strong examples that should help stop the spread of the disease, including:
«For disinfection, dilute household bleach solutions, alcohol with at least 70% alcohol and the most common household disinfectants registered by EPAs should be effective. «
For your smartphone, you should use 70% alcohol or an alcohol-based disinfectant spray to clean the back and sides of the device. Do not use bleach. Take a soft, lint-free cloth and soak it in alcohol or spray it well with a cleaning spray, then wipe the device and let it dry. You can also use a wipe that is pre-soaked in a cleaning solution, as Apple says, a «70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox wipes.»
When it comes to your display, advice from Apple is to use a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution to clean the screen, while taking care to reach the corners. Polishing the screen with a dry, lint-free cloth to remove excess cleaning solution can help minimize the side effects of the oleophobic coating.
Glass screen protectors also use an oleophobic coating. Because they can be replaced relatively cheaply and easily, you can probably be a little more careless with your disinfectant.
After cleaning your smartphone, wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, according to CDC recommendations.
Consider buying a disinfectant
Disinfectants that use ultraviolet (UV) rays to kill bacteria and viruses have been around for some time. Put the phone in disinfectant, and UV rays will disinfect it in a few minutes. I should expect to pay from 60 – 100 USD of a disinfectant that can kill 99% of bacteria in just five minutes.
This technology is already used in hospitals to help sterilize equipment, but its effectiveness has not been proven against nasty agents such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19. Regarding ultraviolet disinfection, only the World Health Organization declare : «UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of the skin, as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.»
Many emerging UV disinfection companies have experienced a return to business in early 2020, despite the lack of evidence that they are effective against the recent outbreak of coronavirus. One of these companies is PhoneSoap, based in Utah, which has seen an annual increase of 1,000 percent in the last week, according to the company.
Taylor Mann din CleanSlate UV, a competitor to UV disinfectants, acknowledged: “What we can say is that ultraviolet light has been shown to be effective against previous coronavirus strains. We just don’t know how effective it is against this specific strain. [SARS-CoV-2] «.
Even though UV disinfectants are proving ineffective against the current outbreak of coronavirus, they are still very effective tools for killing other bacteria and viruses. They are also able to disinfect without damaging the oleophobic layer of the device.
Keep your phone clean
The WHO has not yet announced that disinfecting your smartphone is vital to contain the spread of an outbreak like SARS-CoV-2, but it is known that our mobile devices are Petri dishes of bacteria and other invisible threats.
University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ended In 2012, smartphones contained ten times more bacteria than «most toilet seats». This is due to how often we touch our devices and how little time we spend cleaning them.
Taking basic precautions, such as washing your hands and avoiding touching your face, will help reduce the chances of getting sick from a wide range of ailments. Avoiding touching your smartphone with dirty hands will help you too. Let’s not forget that making a phone call generally requires you to make contact between your touch screen and your face.
You should also avoid texting in the bathroom. Since the recent outbreak of coronavirus (and many other ugly ones) can be spread by fecal transmission, it is a good idea to avoid using the phone in public toilets.
Disinfect your smartphone regularly
If you touch the phone after touching a dirty surface, bacteria and other germs will transfer to it. Even if you go home and wash your hands thoroughly until you touch the phone, these germs have been transferred back.
This doesn’t mean you have to obsessively clean your phone several times a day, but it’s a good idea to do it when you get home from the public.
You could take all the precautions in the world and still get sick. All you can really do is limit your exposure by taking a few basic precautions: wash your hands regularly, do not touch your face, and disinfect personal effects that can harbor bacteria and other germs.
While you’re at it, consider cleaning your laptop Yes Your AirPods also.