Amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease in full effect, some may not even realize how much bacteria is on our electronic devices. Every day we’re constantly on our phones, laptops, desktops, televisions, remote, earbuds, etc. For instance, according to Time.com, a cell phone carries up to 17,000 bacterial species than a toilet. Do you think it’s about time to clean off your phone now? Well, before you do that, let’s clean it off effectively so that you don’t have to take a trip to your carrier’s store to find out why your phone’s screen is glitching or not working at all. With that said, here are the best practices to clean off your phone.
This is for all devices. First, TURN OFF THE DEVICE, put on some disposable cleaning gloves to avoid any electrical current, unplug any chargers plugged into the device, and wait about 10 seconds for the electric current to fade away. Next, start with spraying a good disinfectant on a microfiber cloth (or paper towel). DO NOT SPRAY DISINFECTANT CLEANER DIRECTLY ON THE DEVICE and wipe only the surface of the device. Then, use a dry cloth to wipe down any excessive mildew leftover from the disinfectant cleaner.
For laptop and desktop users, a good method in cleaning off your keyboard is to first use a can of Endust for Electronics (you can buy some in-stores and have to show ID to purchase this item – DO NOT INHALE THIS STUFF). Next, spray this directly on your keyboard to get any dust out of your keyboard and mouse. For desktops, you can spray this in the ports or fans to clean off the dust. Then, use the disinfectant cleaner to wipe down the rest (ONCE AGAIN, DO NOT SPRAY DISINFECTANT CLEANER DIRECTLY ON THE DEVICE). Avoid cleaning the charging ports on your device as the cleaner may cause a defect in the electrical current. Also, please do not use rubbing alcohol or WD-40 on your electronic device as these items may damage them. There are better cleaning solutions as listed:
- Endust for Electronics
- Disinfectant spray (spray only on cloth)
- Microfiber cloth (the same cloth used to clean eyeglasses)
I hope that these methods of cleaning your electronic devices will help get rid of those germs.
DISCLAIMER: The author is NOT responsible for damaged devices. If you follow these directions carefully, the device will NOT be damaged. Remember, wash your hands and happy cleaning!