A simple Guide On how to disinfect Phone

Many people consider phones as very personal devices that should be carried everywhere. Due to this, phones collect a lot of dirt, germs and dust. Rarely do people clean their phones, causing build-up and accumulation of these harmful pathogens.

Even without force majeure around, you should take care about your phone cleaning, as it might carry  germs and microbes ‌  - including in your travel or home  hygiene kit ‌  products such as a UV sanitizer,  alcohol based ‌  disinfectant or  microfiber cloths ‌  should be automatic.

Since a phone is a delicate device, knowing how to disinfect phone carefully is crucial to prevent damage. Here are some accessories that you may use to sanitize your phone:

With Microfiber cloths

 microfiber cloths ‌  are soft clothes with many small fibers to offer efficient disinfection for your phone. It would help if you cleaned your phone, especially the smart screen, with  microfiber cloths ‌  to avoid damage. Some phones have the cloth included in the gadget package.

 microfiber cloths ‌  are also readily available in local stores and supermarkets. Phone dry cleaning with a microfiber cloth should be done daily. Alternatively, dip your fabric in a vinegar solution before wiping your phone should be done at least once a week to eliminate robust pathogens.

Alcohol based disinfectant

Alcohol has improved antimicrobial and antibacterial activities. Since these are fluids, only little amount should be used to avoid less moisture exposure to your gadget. The advantage of  alcohol based ‌  disinfectants is that they evaporate shortly after use.

Ethyl alcohol is the best for this application, although rubbing alcohol can also be used. It would be best if you soaked your soft  microfiber cloths ‌  in a little amount of alcohol and then wipe your device carefully and thoroughly.

Q tips and cotton balls

Cotton balls and  Q tips ‌  come in handy when disinfectants and  microfiber cloths ‌  are not available. When you have a keypad on your phone that is difficult to maneuver when disinfecting,  Q tips ‌  should be used to get in between keys.

Uv sanitizer

Uv sanitizers are the most efficient phone cleaners. A good  UV sanitizer ‌  should cost you around $60-$90. A  UV sanitizer ‌  eliminates most stubborn pathogens and germs within a very short period.

What to avoid when disinfecting your phone

Many phones have oleophobic coatings that help fight fingerprint smudges. When using vinegar and  alcohol based ‌  disinfectants, you should take care so that these chemicals do not touch any glass material of your phone to protect your oleophobic coating.

When using liquid disinfectants, care should be taken to ensure that the liquids do not seep into ports as they may cause rusting and eventual damage to phone interiors.

Care should be taken when using  UV sanitizer ‌  as UV radiation on the skin can cause irritation. Persistent radiation of UV on the skin may cause skin cancer; hence you should invest in a  UV sanitizer ‌  with a shield to block the UV radiation from your skin.

Precautionary measures to keep you phone clean

Phones pick up germs found on the hands of the user. To keep your phone clean, you should wash your hands with a disinfectant regularly and every time before you interact with your phone. It would help if you also avoided using phones in public places and in toilets as the capability of picking up germs in these places is high.

Disinfecting a phone requires a combination of strategies such as using the right accessories to clean your phone at least daily, washing hands frequently with hands sanitizer and avoiding the use of telephones in public places.

Keeping your phone clean is the best practice to ensure you are not infected with pathogens when using your phone and you will not carry  germs and microbes ‌  around that might help spreading microorganisms around.

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