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Coronavirus emergency: how to disinfect the smartphone

Coronavirus emergency: how to disinfect the smartphone

Disinfect your smartphone, especially with the current emergency related to Coronavirus, it should be a priority for everyone. Mobile devices in fact, by their nature, are a real receptacle for bacteria and viruses.

In fact, they are perpetually in contact with the hands and hardly a user takes the time to be able to clean their smartphone thoroughly. If you consider that Coronavirus can survive on certain surfaces for several days, it is instinctive to take the hygiene of your mobile phone even more seriously.

In this article we will focus precisely on how to intervene on the smartphone to clean and disinfect it without damaging it.

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Disinfecting your smartphone is a necessity, even more so in a difficult moment like the one we are experiencing

While it is true that washing hands essential to prevent infection, smartphones are an extremely congenial vehicle for Coronavirus. From this point of view, the producers themselves have moved to give useful advice. The official website of Apple, for example, shows a list of disinfectant wipes that can be used on your iPhone to disinfect it without affecting the integrity of the device in any way.

Samsung instead, it specified on its website that it is possible to use an alcohol-based solution (maximum 70%) to disinfect their smartphones using a microfibre cloth. Not all the manufacturers have used to give instructions in this sense or, in other cases, it is simply difficult to find the suitable material to carry out a cleaning as indicated. So how can we act?

Obviously you have to move extremely cautiously when you want to disinfect a smartphone. Some products can easily damage the screen or, even worse, the internal components. From this point of view, we have some useful tips for intervening on your device.

Please note: before carrying out any necessary intervention, however, consult the website of the manufacturer of your smartphone and possibly contact the same, to avoid damage. As listed below, in fact, only purely indicative and, on certain products, even following the instructions to the letter, it could cause damage. Maximum prudence always and in any case, therefore.

Wipes and NEVER pure alcohol

If you touch the phone after touching a public door handle or a shopping cart, the most immediate thought is to clean it with alcohol. There could be a huge mistake.

In fact, this pure substance would eliminate the protective substances oil repellent is water-repellent which prevent oil and water from damaging the display and the body. Some websites suggest creating a mix of alcohol and water yourself, but it is essential to get the right concentration to avoid creating too aggressive a solution. Obviously, in the event of an error in the doses, the consequences could be devastating for the integrity of the phone.

A decidedly safer compromise to use disinfectant wipes that contain isopropyl alcohol at 70%. Although many brands did not recommend this practice until a few months ago, today it seems to be considered valid by most manufacturers.

The alternative consisting of the use of preparations (as already mentioned) with non-abrasive disinfectants based on 70% alcohol. In this case, the preparation must be applied on a soft, lint-free cloth. Made it possible to intervene on the device, strictly off.

UV light

Cleaning through UV light a somewhat functional solution. These are special tools, able to eliminate about 99% of viruses and bacteria present on a smartphone in a short time and without causing damage of any kind to the device. Below, we show one of the most interesting models among the many available on the market.

How to clean fingerprints from the screen

The fingerprints on the screen, in addition to being particularly ugly to look at, denote poor display hygiene. In fact, it is almost impossible to prevent them from appearing constantly on a frequently used device.

If the problem related exclusively to the aesthetic side, a simple microfiber cloth is enough to fix the situation. If the conditions of the display are particularly bad, you can add a few drops of distilled water to the cloth, to make this particularly effective during the cleaning phase.

A trick to remove sand and fluff

Sand and fluff are two problems for cleaning the smartphone. Fluff, above all, can develop if we use pockets to store the phone which release annoying bits of fabric on it. Through the ports and slots of the device, these external elements can get quite annoying.

The best solution, in these cases, the scotch tape. In this sense, it is possible to position it along the various interstices on the edge of the body and in the speaker area, by rolling it up and placing it gently in the doors. The viscosity of the tape will remove any presence of fluff or sand present.

For the holes of the smaller speakers that the tape cannot reach, you can use (with great delicacy) a toothpick or try to suck up the debris with a small vacuum cleaner. These tools can also be used for other small appliances or hard-to-reach areas in your car.

Remove traces of makeup

When it comes to cleaning and disinfecting a smartphone (above all), female users must also deal with traces of makeup. In fact, every time you bring the phone to your face, makeup leaves traces on the display.

If using a cleaner can be an almost instinctive temptation, it can actually be very dangerous. In fact, these products, although suitable for the skin of the face, are not for smartphone displays. Some chemicals in detergents could irreparably damage the screen.

However, there are no make-up remover products alcohol, chlorine, ammonia is phosphates. These should be able to act without causing any kind of problem even if, as already mentioned, we recommend contacting the producers before taking any kind of initiative.

Can waterproof phones be washed?

Anyone in possession of certified water-resistant phones IP67, like the almost total of rugged phone models, can think of a real smartphone wash. In this sense, you can use a damp or wet cloth to clean your device.

The drying phase must be completed with a soft, dry cloth, making sure that the doors and speakers are perfectly dry before being switched on. Such an intervention should not create particular problems for these devices since they have a particular resistance to water and other atmospheric agents.

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What NOT to use to clean your phone

Disinfect smartphones, following the proliferation of Coronavirus, therefore it has become a priority for many users. Despite this, as we have already said, many products can be extremely harmful. Below we will list what the solutions are DO NOT adopt never and under no circumstances. In fact, many substances can irreparably damage the treated smartphone:

  • Window cleaner. These are products indicated to work effectively on glass and mirrors, but they are not at all suitable for smartphones. Most of the models on the market have protective patinas that are affected by these particular products. In fact, these are slightly abrasive detergents and therefore potentially very harmful to the displays.
  • Kitchen cleaners. Again, these are abrasive and potentially dangerous products for most phones.
  • Paper towels. It would be almost instinctive to use paper towels to clean or dry the screen after cleaning. Nothing could be more wrong. These are objects that can cause micro damage to the displays: moreover, the loss of small parts of the napkin can make the situation worse.
  • Alcohol. As already mentioned, this substance is too aggressive to be used pure or in any case in solutions with a very high percentage.
  • Compressed air. Well yes, even this theoretically excellent solution from a purely chemical point of view, can actually cause damage to a smartphone. Any type of delicate phone, therefore blowing the air in the doors with force can cause damage, especially to the microphone.
  • Soap (for dishes or hands). Although these solutions are delicate on our hands, it is not said that it is the same for the sensitive components that make up a smartphone. In some cases it is possible to use them (but without the presence of water), but it is still a slightly dangerous type of operation.
  • Vinegar. It is a very useful element for cleaning the house but too aggressive to handle electronic devices. Although some experts recommend some preparations diluted with distilled water by the minimum percentage, it is always a substance to be used with great caution.