Society and current times have made the cell phone an increasingly indispensable tool over the years. At the time of its invention, it was only a communication tool via phone calls. Still, today it is much more than that: communication, entertainment, work and thousands of functions at the touch of a finger, a fact that a couple of decades ago seemed impossible.
So it is not surprising that it spends most of its time in our hands. However, there is a truth that we ignore: although we do not notice it, thousands of harmful bacteria and microorganisms are concentrated in it. Did you know that? Permanent contact with our cell phone exposes us to a very high amount of germs that can be harmful to our health, especially in these times when cleaning has intensified due to the COVID-19 Pandemic that we have just overcome. Previously, we told you how to clean your computer keyboard. This time, we reveal the correct way to clean and disinfect your cell phone without damaging it to eliminate viruses and bacteria.
Why should the smartphone or tablet be cleaned?
Studies conducted by prestigious universities around the world conclude that the cell phone can contain 10 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, and the surface of the glass presents a perfect environment for viruses to remain for up to a week and make anyone sick.
Before eating, hands are exposed to this device almost all day long. It is recommended to wash hands with soap and water and remove carried germs that could lead to contagious diseases. No matter what,
What about periodic disinfection of the cell phone, tablet or iPod?
It is just as important. We show you how to do it below.
How to clean the cell phone correctly?
This is the procedure recommended by experts in the field to disinfect and clean the cell phone without damaging its functions and structure:
- Turn off your phone and remove the case or other accessories you have attached to it.
- Impregnate a microfiber cloth with a little alcohol or purchase small wipes moistened with 70% isopropyl alcohol. You can also use disinfectant wipes and wipe the entire surface of the phone and camera, making sure to gently remove any dirt or grease present.
- Carefully use a needle or pin wrapped in a damp towel to remove dirt from inside the slots, audio inputs, or keys if present.
- You may notice that the phone is a little wet when you clean it, this is normal. The idea is that the alcohol evaporates by itself after disinfection. Otherwise, you can dry with special microfiber cloths for screens (ideal for cleaning the computer or TV).
What NOT to use to clean the cell phone?
There is a wide variety of cleaning products on the market, but not all of them have the same characteristics. Some substances are much more abrasive to the delicate surface of the devices, resulting in irreversible damage after application. Check which are the most frequently misused products:
- Bleach: This disinfectant and whitening liquid is extremely corrosive and strong, you should never use it to clean the casing, much less the screen, you will ruin it!
- Window cleaner: Like bleach, this substance contains acidic chemicals that weaken the surface of the screen, which may make it more vulnerable to scratches and bumps.
- Make-up remover: It is not recommended to use products to remove make-up, since the elements that compose it can damage the surface paint.
- Acetone or nail polish remover: Similar to the previous ones, it is extremely aggressive for the parts of the mobile and although it is used to remove stains on certain fabrics or walls, this is not the case.
- Vinegar: Contrary to popular belief, and despite the fact that it is perfect for cleaning food or even your kitchen surfaces, it is not recommended for cleaning your cell phone, since its acidic composition is capable of affecting the protective layer of the screen.
- Toilet paper: It is very flimsy and susceptible to tearing, which can cause small pieces to fall into the crevices of the charger or the headphones.
- Compressed air: In spite of being very resistant, the use of compressed air in devices of this type can cause internal damage to some parts inside.
How do I clean my cell phone case?
Once the device has been cleaned and disinfected, it is time to sanitize the protective case. Here are some recommendations for cleaning the case according to its material of manufacture:
- Silicone or rubber sleeves: Fill a container with warm water and dishwashing soap. Dip it in this mixture and rub it with your hands or a soft sponge or brush to remove the most stubborn dirt, then rinse it with clean water and dry it with a cloth.
- Hard plastic covers: In a basin full of hot water, add a tablespoon of bleach or a cup of vinegar and introduce the cover and let it stand for about 5 minutes. When done, remove it and scrub it with a sponge or brush, rinse it with warm water and let it air dry.
- Leather or fur cases: This type of case is quite delicate because the manufacturing material has different characteristics than those made of synthetic or plastic. In these cases, it is best to prepare a mixture of water and soap or shampoo, soak a cloth and rub it gently to remove dirt and stains. Finally, dry the cover with a dry cloth.
Our entire life is managed through the smartphone we carry with us everywhere we go. In other words, the priorities when going out are keys, cell phone, ID, some cash and probably some migraine medication if you are cautious. So do not hesitate to regularly clean your appliances, combat microorganisms and prevent the spread of diseases.