Cleaning Mobile Phones the Right Way

man holding a cell phoneAccording to a study by Stanford University, your mobile phone surface is 18 times dirtier than the average toilet flush handle. While you may only see fingerprints and an oily film on it, there might be bacteria and viruses present there too. This only means that anyone who touches your phone will also get the germs from the device. To keep your phone clean and safe, here are some of the tips to follow.

  1. Switch off and disassemble your phone to make the work easier. Remove the battery, the faceplate, and anything else without damaging the phone. Use a cotton swab or a microfiber cloth and some alcohol to wipe the solid parts. Use distilled water for cleaning metal trims as well as the camera lens.
  2. Make sure to wipe the lens with a dry cloth so the water will not leave residue on it. Avoid using disinfectants or cleaning chemical, as they are too harsh for your phone. Moreover, avoid spraying any chemical directly on the phone, as it can damage the screen.
  3. Microfiber cloths are ideal for cleaning a touchscreen phone. They are better than any other material because they have tiny and splint fibers. They don’t leave lint on the touchscreen or spread the dirt around. When cleaning your phone, use a circular motion to give an even finish and avoid the risk of long scratches if dirt gets caught up in the cloth.
  4. Leave your screen protector on if your screen is cracked. This will keep the moisture out of the phone and hold the screen together until you can buy a replacement. If you have new phone, however, it is best to buy mobile phone accessories like cases, covers, and skins, to protect your phone from damage.
  5. Don’t use abrasive cloths, paper towels, or tissue paper on a touchscreen. This can scratch the screen and lead to further damage over time. When cleaning ports and connectors, use a dry brush or a small paintbrush.
  6. Clean your phone once a day using antibacterial wipes with an alcohol content of at least 60 percent. Purchase a smartphone cleaner to ensure that you won’t damage your phone. A special formula like a 40/60 alcohol-to-water mixture on solid parts is also a good option.

Don’t let your phone be a breeding site for bacteria. Clean your phone regularly and use the right products for disinfecting it. Purchase mobile accessories like cases or antibacterial screen protectors to make cleaning easier.