You can still remember the day your smartphone arrived in the mail. As you lifted the stunning smartphone from its minimalist packaging, touched it for the first time, you ran your fingers along the sleek, glass-coated LCD display. You delighted in the metallic finish and marveled at the efficient design of the phone’s tiny volume buttons and built-in 21-megapixel camera with LED flash. Do you wonder why all of your photos look like they were taken from the inside of a Vaseline jar? Smudges all over your gadget’s touchscreen and camera? Smartphones, are notoriously filthy. Fingerprints, dust, earwax and other visible grime are only the tip of the icky iceberg. Cell Phones have been repeatedly found to be one of the most disgusting things we regularly touch. It’s a well-known fact that smartphones are dirty objects, but just how unclean are they? Well, each square inch of your cell phone contains roughly 25,000 germs, yes, more than your toilet seat. As we use our phones frequently it remains warm, creating the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This is especially frightening when you consider how often your phone hangs out only millimeters away from your face. Regularly cleaning your cell phone or tablet’s touchscreen, or any other touch screen device is essential for its upkeep and longevity. Neglecting to clean your cell phone is a nasty tech habit to break this year. If there’s one new routine to create for yourself, it’s keeping that smartphone shiny and clean. Your health will thank you. Cleaning a cell phone can be intimidating at first.
How to Clean Your Dirty Smartphone
Here is a simple guide on how to wipe away those smudges with ease and how to avoid doing things your smartphone would not appreciate.
- The most important tip for cleaning your cell phone is to be gentle. Start by turning off your phone by holding the power button or finding an option in the phone to turn off or swap the battery. Turning off the device makes it much easier to see where to clean when the device is switched off.
- If you’re in a pinch and want to quickly rid your phone of dirty crevices and fingerprints, use a piece of Scotch Tape to peel away dirt and dust in between keys, and rid your phone of fingerprints.
- Don’t use a paper towel – not even a wet one — you should be able to pick up a microfiber cloth from an eyeglass store or pharmacy if you don’t have one. Swabs and cloths should be soft and lint-free. Cleansers should be pure and mild. Household chemicals and disinfectants are too harsh for most smartphones. Make sure you don’t use aerosol sprays, window cleaners, solvents, ammonia or abrasives. For harder-to-reach places, moisten the tip of a cotton swab and wipe your loving gadget gently with this.
- Do not put too much pressure on the screen when cleaning it. If you have a keyboard or keypad clean it with a cotton swab dipped in diluted rubbing alcohol. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, don’t open up the case. Not only will you void your warranty on some models, but you’re likely to cause more problems than you solve.
- Give the phone a few minutes to dry, then re-assemble and turn it back on. You should now have a clean phone without those nasty germs.
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