It’s no longer news that the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in China and other parts of the world have put fear and also alerted many people to take precautions.
Among the things to do is to be cautious of what they are touching and taking extra care of their hygiene. Most people forget to clean and disinfect their iPhone which is essential. In this article, we will be showing you the best way to clean and disinfect your iPhone.
Why you should disinfect your iPhone
A recent study has shown that the persistence of coronavirus and how other viruses can survive on phone materials such as glass, metal, and ceramic. With the 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 you can imagine our daily interaction with our device. We use it almost all the time. Not just that, we also hold them to body parts such as face and ears, which further increases one’s chances of getting infected with COVID-19 and other fluid diseases.
With that in mind, we will be showing you the best way to clean and disinfect your iPhone and even Android phone. Just follow the methods below.
What you should not use to clean your iPhone and Android
You should not opt for window or kitchen cleaner, aerosol spray cleaners, harsh solvents such as acetone, benzene, or toluene to clean your device.
You should also keep the screen far from bleach, ammonia, abrasive powders, and excess moisture.
Please don’t use compressed air to clean the internals of your device. This may damage the small electronics of the device.
Ways to Clean and Disinfect Your iPhone
1. Using Microfiber Cloth and Keep Your Hands Germ-free
This method is straightforward. You can always use a damp microfiber cloth to clean their iPhones. You can get it at Amazon at around $10. You can also use it to clean other electronic devices such as laptops, TV, refrigerator too.
Since you constantly use and touch your device, it will be difficult to tell if your hands are germ-free. This is why it’s advisable that you wash your hands regularly with running water and even use hand sanitizer to eliminate 90 percent of germs from the hand.
That’s the only way to reduce the transfer of microbes to your phone glass and build materials.
2. Official Recommendation from Apple
Apple has advised users to unplug all the cable and turn-off your iPhone. They also recommend using soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth such as a lens cloth to clean the screen.
Samsung, on the other hand, asked users to use a clean and soft cloth. Please do not apply too much pressure on the screen as it may diminish the oleophobic coating on the iPhone.
Although the iPhones are an IP68 rating, however, that does not mean you should wash it or take it to the bathroom. Remember, Apple won’t honor the warranty in the case of water damaged.
3. Use Phone Sanitizer
A study has suggested that a phone sanitizer device is the most effective way to keep your phone germ-free. Such devices like PhoneSoap claim to kill up to 99.99 percent of the harmful bacteria and viruses from phones.
It makes use of ultraviolet light to remove the viruses and bacteria from every corner of the phone where a typical microfiber cloth can’t reach. This takes up to 10 minutes to complete the process.
It has a charging capability to charge the phone during the process. This method, however, is expensive as the device costs about $119 and above.
4. Use Alcoholic Solution
Another easy and simple way to clean and disinfect your iPhone is by using products such as Windex, rubbing alcohol, or disposable wipes to clean the screen. You should not spray or pour the solution directly to the screen as it may damage the oleophobic coating that results in scratches on the display.
Just 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 safer for iPhone.
You should also clean your iPhone covers and casing too. Before using the alcoholic solutions on covers, make sure to read the instructions on the cleaning first as it may corrode the phone cover.
On the part of phone cases, you can clean it with warm water using a damp cloth if it’s made of leather. Users can make the solution themself by mixing the rubbing alcohol (70 percent) with water (30 percent) and apply the solution on a microfiber cloth and then use it to disinfect the screen of your iPhone.
You can also use cheap screen protectors and then replace them periodically. This is more affordable and it will also reduce the chances of your iPhone screen damaging.
That’s all to know friends. You can use these four methods above to disinfect your iPhone that fell in the toilet and it’s also applicable to Android phones as well. Hopefully, you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends as well.