Cleaning advice for your iPhone

Cleaning Advice For Your iPhone:  Rita’s iDevice Advice for April 13, 2020

people are cautious of what they are touching and taking extra care of their hygiene. Most people, however, forget to clean and disinfect their iPhone which is equally important.

Here are some best ways to clean and disinfect your iPhone and iPad without damaging it:

A recent study points out that the persistence of coronavirus and how other viruses can survive on common phone materials such as glass, metal, and ceramic for up to three days. Grease and other organic materials combined with the heat from our devices let bacteria and viruses to survive on phones for up to three days. Now imagine our daily interaction with our smartphones. We use it all the time. On top of that, we hold them to body parts such as face and ears, which further increases one’s chances of getting infected with COVID-19 and other diseases.

What You Shouldn’t Use to Clean Your iPhone

Users shouldn’t opt for window or kitchen cleaner, aerosol spray cleaners, harsh solvents such as acetone, benzene, or toluene to clean the iPhone. One should also keep the screen far from bleach, ammonia, abrasive powders, and excess moisture.

Using compressed air to clean the internals of smartphones:  It’s not advisable either. The action damage the small electronics of the device.

4 Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone

1.  Use a Microfiber Cloth and Keep Your Hands Germ-free:  This is pretty straightforward. Users can always use a damp microfiber cloth to clean their iPhones. They are usually available on Amazon for around $10.  You can use those on other electronics such as laptops, TV, refrigerator too.

You are constantly using and touching your phone. And as a result, a germ-free hand is one of the easiest ways to keep the phones clean.  You should frequently wash hands with soap and warm water, and even use hand sanitizer to eliminate 90 percent of germs from the hands. That way, the microbes don’t get transferred on the germ-friendly glass and metal materials.

2.  Official Recommendation from Apple:  First, Apple advises users to unplug all the cables and turn-off your iPhone. You can use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth such as a lens cloth to clean the screen. Samsung, too, asks users to use a clean, soft cloth. Also, do not apply too much pressure on the screen as it may diminish the oleophobic coating on the iPhone.

The iPhone’s IP68 water and dust resistance certificate doesn’t guarantee you to take the phone to swim or bath. It’s there for your peace of mind and the company won’t honor the warranty in case of water damage.

3.  Use an Alcoholic Solution:  Apple has confirmed that it is Ok to use 70 isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to clean its devices. It advises users to “gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces” to stay on the safe side and not damage the product. However, please don’t flush the disinfecting wipes down the toilets as it may cause major pipe problems. Public agencies around the world are urging people to throw the wipes in the trash. You should also avoid using abrasive cloth, towels, or paper towels.

Alternatively, you can opt for cleaning products such as rubbing alcohol, or disposable wipes to clean the screen. You shouldn’t spray or pour the solution directly on to the screen; it may damage the oleophobic coating that results in scratches on the display. You should apply the solution on a microfiber cloth so that you can use it to disinfect the screen or use non-toxic screen cleaners like WHOOSH, which is a much safer solution to clean your iPhone’s screen.

It’s advisable to clean your iPhone covers too, as they are the ones with constant connection with the phone. But before you use the alcoholic solutions on covers, always read the instructions on the cleaning product carefully as it may corrode the phone cover. For phone cases, one can clean the silicon

cases with warm water, and if it’s made of leather then consider using a damp cloth to clean it.

Users can make homemade solutions too. One can mix the rubbing alcohol (70 percent) with water (30 percent) and apply the solution on a microfiber cloth to disinfect the screen.

Alternatively, one can apply cheap screen protectors on the display and clean or replace them periodically. It’s an affordable solution and reduces the chances of damaging the main screen.

4.  Use a Phone Sanitizer:  Devices such as PhoneSoap claim to kill up to 99.99 percent of the harmful bacteria and viruses from phones. It uses ultraviolet light to remove the viruses and bacteria from every corner of the phone where a typical microfiber cloth can’t reach. It takes up to 10 minutes to complete the process. It also comes

with charging capability to juice up the battery during the process. But it is an expensive solution.  Cost range from $40 to $200.

Here is another article that I sent out previously:

you can safely clean a Smartphone or tablet’s touch screen in just a few seconds, removing the build-up of oil, dust, and other grime that can accumulate on these devices as we rub our fingers over them all day      

NEVER use harsh chemicals, including Windex, anything with ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners. If a liquid is necessary, you should only use a small amount of water on the cloth. You can also purchase special cleaning solutions, such as iKlenz, which is recommended by Apple, but these solutions are not necessary.

NEVER use abrasive cloths, paper towels, or tissue paper, which can scratch the touch screen. The scratches will be small and build up over time, damaging and dulling the screen. Instead, use microfiber cloths, which are specially designed to clean sensitive surfaces.

NEVER use a large amount of water.  If water is necessary to clean the screen, you should make your microfiber cloth slightly damp instead of putting the water directly on your screen. If any water at all is necessary, it’s also a good idea to power off your device ahead of time.

NEVER press too hard while cleaning the screen. This can damage your device 

To clean a touch screen, all you really need is a microfiber cloth. For dirtier screens, you may also need a small amount of plain water (soap is not necessary).

In most cases, simply turning the device’s screen off and giving it a few wipes across with a microfiber cloth will be enough to remove any dust and oil in just a few seconds.

To clean the microfiber cloth itself and prevent build-up of dirt, soak the cloth in warm, soapy water, rinse well, and let it dry. Don’t use any harsh chemicals to clean the cloth, either. These can damage the cloth.

I found a product called “Screen Daddy” that is a small circle shaped ( a little bigger than a quarter size) micro fiber disk that has sticky adhesive on the back surface. I use this to clean my iPhone daily. It is re-useable. I got the Screen daddy from QVC and it is also available through Amazon. I am able to keep the “Screen Daddy” always attached to the back of my iPhone due to the sticky adhesive that holds it in place, until I need to use it again to clean my iPhone’s screen. I just use a tiny bit of soap and warm water to wash it and let it dry and it is ready to be used again.

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