With the coronavirus COVID-19 making its way through communities around the world, health experts are recommending that you take special care to clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched throughout the day. Phones, tablets, and computers are all high-touch surfaces that can accumulate dirt, grime, germs, and viruses, putting you at risk for getting sick. Fortunately, disinfecting your device is as easy as wiping it down with a soft cloth or wipe and a little bit of alcohol-based disinfectant!
1. Disinfect your device after taking it out in public. Unless there’s someone sick in your home, your device isn’t likely to pick up too many dangerous germs and viruses from regular home use. However, your risk increases when you use it in public after touching other surfaces. If you’ve recently been out and about, disinfect your phone when you get back home.
Avoid using your phone while you’re in the restroom, especially in public places. Keep your phone inside your bag or pocket when you go into a public restroom to prevent contamination.
2. Unplug and power down your device before you clean it. Disconnect your phone or tablet from its charger, headphones, or any other cable devices. Once your device is unplugged, shut it down completely.
Turning off your device will help reduce the possibility of damage in case a little moisture gets inside.
Unplugging your device can also reduce the risk of electric shock.
3. Rub away debris and fingerprints with a soft microfiber cloth. Before disinfecting your phone or tablet, remove obvious grease, dirt, and debris. Use a dry, soft, lint-free microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe all the surfaces of your phone.
Don’t use a paper towel or even a tissue since paper products can scratch up the surface of your device.
4. Wipe all surfaces with a 70% alcohol or Clorox disinfectant wipe. Use a pre-moistened disinfectant wipe or spray a little alcohol-based disinfectant on a clean microfiber cloth. Gently wipe down the screen and body of your mobile device, but take care not to get moisture into any of the ports or openings.
Alternatively, spray a glass cleaner or all-purpose spray onto a clean microfiber cloth. Then, use the cloth to wipe down your phone.
Avoid submerging your phone or spraying any kind of liquid cleaner or disinfectant directly on it
Wipe your device gently to avoid damaging the oil-resistant coating. You can also avoid damage by using a screen protector and case on your phone or tablet.
5. Hand-wash phone cases and cables with soap and warm water. If your phone or other mobile device has a case, take it off your phone to clean it. Dampen a cloth using water and soap or gentle laundry detergent, then gently rub the case with it. Rinse it off with cold water, then allow it to air dry.
Make sure your case is completely dry before you put it back on your device.
Make a mixture of water and mild soap, such as dishwashing liquid or liquid hand soap, and dip a microfiber cloth in it.
Wring out the cloth and wipe down your device’s cables. Take care not to get any liquid in the electronic ports.
6. Wash your hands before and after handling your device. Most germs and viruses end up on your phone or other mobile devices through contact with your hands. To avoid contaminating your device, wash your hands with soap and warm water before you use it. Wash them again after you use it, especially if you haven’t had a chance to disinfect your device recently.
It’s especially important to wash your hands before and after using your device if you’ve just gone to the bathroom, or you’re about to handle food.