Human hands are the preferred hangout out of all types of bacteria. That's why the Center for Disease Control is so adamant about the importance of hand washing. If you've got a smartphone, then there's a good chance your device is constantly picking up a myriad of crumbs and microscopic critters from regular contact with your palms and pocket. Take an active approach to smartphone hygiene by following these 5 tech-friendly cleaning tips.
1. A microfiber cloth won’t scratch a dirty screen
Despite how convenient cleaning your smartphone with a paper towel or tissue may seem, doing so may cause long-term damage to your smartphone. Scratches left by these materials on your device's face can erode the sensitivity of the touch screen. Eventually, this damage could limit your smartphone's functionality, especially apps that depend on precision swiping, dragging and tapping. A microfiber cloth is the preferred solution for cleaning devices, including the camera lens and screen as they won’t leave scratches across the surface. When removing sticky or dried stains, Digital Trends suggests using a microfiber cloth and a sprinkling of water. As long as you are extra wary of vulnerable spots like mics and speakers that could allow moisture into the phone, this cleaning method should do wonders removing any sticky spots off your smartphone screen.
2. Make due in a pinch with scotch tape
You may find yourself, perhaps at school or in the office, needing to get some crud off your smartphone's screen but short on time and options. Scotch Tape is widely regarded as a reliable, anytime-anywhere solution for making smartphone screens a bit more presentable. Simply laying pieces of the tape over the screen of the phone and peeling the tape off will remove tons of visible dirt, dust and fingerprints from your phone screen. This strategy isn't very effective at sterilizing the phone, but removing surface grime is an easy way to make your smartphone look and feel significantly cleaner.
3. Smartphones and cleaning supplies don't mix
No matter how much it may seem like a good idea, never try to cleanse your smartphone with household cleaning supplies. CNET warned that a vast majority of these chemicals are far too powerful for the special coatings applied to several parts of the smartphone, including the screen. Failure to heed this advice could lead to you doing permanent damage to your smartphone and rendering the screen unusable. Keep your device clear of products like dish soap and glass cleaners.
4. UV lamps provide the ultimate clean
If you're consumed with the desire to make your phone as clean and germ free as possible, you may need to hunker down and invest in a special device that removes bacteria with UV lights. The technology takes advantage of the properties of special light waves that bombard the phone and fry any residual germs that may be lurking on the phone's surface. Such lamps are far from cheap, but many double as phone chargers, making this utility practical for extremely germ-wary smartphone users.
5. Keep fingers off your phone with a new case
At the end of the day, a big part of keeping your smartphone stain and germ free is keeping the device safe from contact with grime in the first place. A trip to your nearest Wireless Zone can help you find the perfect solution to your smartphone hygiene problems. Replacing your current case with one that is equipped with a screen protector will considerably limit the amount of contact that occurs between your phone screen and human fingertips. You may also want to invest in a case that grips your device more tightly and leaves less space for loose pieces of dirt or food.
With the right case, screen protector and these handy disinfecting tips, your device is on its way from being bacteria ridden to a pristine piece of technology.