Most of us tend to keep our smartphones with us all day long; in fact, some only leave them just before they close their eyes in the night. With all the exposure to the outside environment and coming into contact with different surfaces, it is natural for mobile screens to catch on to dirt. They may even become a breeding ground for germs.
The World Health Organization advises that we need to regularly clean disinfect high-touch surfaces. If you’ve used your phone after touching public surfaces, you should not only wash your hands but also clean your phone. This is also needed if you have allowed some other person to use it.
Most smartphone manufacturers suggest cleaning phones with disinfectant wipes and recommend against using chemicals like bleach on phones. Don’t worry if you don’t have disinfectant wipes. Just follow these simple steps to know how to clean your mobile screen.
Here’s what you’ll need to get the job done:
A soft cloth (microfiber is preferable). Do not use tissues or paper towels, as they contain abrasive particles that may scratch surfaces.
A small bowl of dry, uncooked rice, or packs of silica gel.
Distilled water in a spray container. For a stronger effect, mix this half-and-half with vinegar.
A can of compressed air (optional extra). These can generally be obtained from electronics retailers.
To prevent your phone screen from accumulating dirt, you can use a screen protector. These stick to the screen to protect it against dirt. Change the protector when necessary and wipe the screen to remove any remaining dust particles. Screen protectors can also be useful to prevent your screen smashing if you accidentally drop it!
How to Clean a Mobile Screen
Step 1: Remove the Phone Cover
Remove the back cover of your phone because the gap between the cover and the phone can also retain a lot of dirt and germs.
Step 2: Make a Cleaning Solution
Make a cleaning solution by mixing 1 drop of liquid soap in ½ a cup of water. Mix well. Dampen a microfibre cloth in the solution and squeeze out the excess water.
Step 3: Clean the Surface
Gently rub the cover and any hard, nonporous surfaces on your phone with the microfibre cloth. Be careful to avoid getting any moisture into the phone’s ports.
Step 4: Dry the Moisture
Dry your phone and its cover using a clean microfibre cloth. Then allow it to air-dry for another 5-10 minutes to make sure there’s no moisture left.
How to Clean a Smartphone Keyboard and Ports
These nooks and crevices are always open to dust accumulation. Follow these steps to keep them dirt-free:
Turn off your smartphone and unplug any cables.
Use a dry cotton bud to swab between the keys and inside the ports. This should get rid of any major dust and dirt.
If your phone is extremely soiled, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Seek help from a professional to avoid further damage.
Warnings for Cleaning a Mobile Phone:
Always keep your phone turned off while cleaning. If at any point you do manage to get your phone soaked during the cleaning process, place it the bowl of dry rice or silica gel – with any luck, these will absorb the water and save the device.
Never use a hairdryer on your smartphone, or to try to speed up the drying process in any other way. Your smartphone contains many parts that can become warped and unusable at high temperatures. Similarly, never put your phone in a microwave or oven, as this could have hazardous consequences.
Be sure to wipe off any excess liquid with a dry cloth.
Never use a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.