The number of individuals that relate ‘cleaning’ of a phone to that of installing anti-viruses and removing malware is astounding! Especially when cellphones have been named one of the filthiest personal belonging we own! It’s true; that precious phone you press against your face, constantly hold in your hands and leave lying around your bed is a germy, dirty and bacteria-filled device!
For the minority who do acknowledge the fact that a phone needs cleaning, you may be turned off the idea for fear of damaging the device. Yes, cleaning your phone can be a little tricky; hence, it pays to know the right and safe way of going about it. Read on for the dos and don’ts of cleaning your phone.
Do Use a Microfiber Cloth for the Screen
The screen of your phone is generally marked with fingerprints, smudges and greasiness from your face. To clean efficiently and without damaging or scratching the screen, use a soft, microfiber cloth to wipe it. Wipe in one direction using long, uninterrupted strokes for a spotless and non-streaky screen.
Don’t Use Water or Glass Cleaner
Avoid using water, glass cleaner or water-based solvents to clean spots off your screen. If stubborn marks/spots don’t come out after wiping the screen with a microfiber cloth, use a special screen cleanser to gently scrub them away. This should be done by adding a drop or two of cleaner to one corner of the cloth or just enough to dampen the material, not soak it.
Do Use Rubbing Alcohol for the Rest of the Phone
Make a solution of 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts distilled water (hard water may lead to streaking). Dip a cotton swab in this cleanser and squeeze out the excess water completely. The swab should merely be damp when cleaning the rest of your phone including the back, sides and rims.
Don’t Force Swab into Ports/Audio Jack
As tempted as you are to stick a swab into those dust-filled ports and audio jack of your phone, refrain from doing so. The dampness of the swab can cause damage, while the pins may get bent and the fibers of the cotton can get stuck inside. Instead, use a fine paintbrush with soft bristles to remove dust from the front of the port. Don’t push the bristles deep inside as it may cause damage while pushing the dust further back.
Do Open the Back and Clean
While some of the newer phone models are completely sealed with an in-built battery, there are many phones that can still be opened from the back to remove the battery. If yours permits, you should definitely consider cleaning inside because dust and debris can creep in overtime and fill up crevices. Again, use a soft-bristled paintbrush for this and be gentle when brushing out dust.
Don’t Use Water or Liquid Cleaners
Any water or dampness that comes in contact with the internal components of your phone can cause significant damage. Hence, we advise avoiding any water or liquid cleaners here. Simply clean the inside to the best of your ability using the paintbrush.