Apple has officially confirmed that it is possible to clean the screens of its devices like the iPhone using common disinfectants or wipes based on 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Until yesterday Apple had always expressly advised against the use of chemicals and detergents for cleaning the displays of its products. The reason? The company feared that particularly aggressive liquids could damage the screen’s oleophobic coating.
From today everything changes. The Cupertino company, in the wake of concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus epidemic, has decided to update its support page explaining that for the correct cleaning of Apple products it is possible to use disinfectants without problems.
Apple says it’s safe to clean your iPhone with disinfectant wipes
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“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces,” the company says. “Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.”
The disinfectant products that Apple now recommends are the same as those recommended by doctors and experts to effectively counter the spread of coronavirus.
Another smartphone manufacturer, Google, points out that “normal household soap or common cleaning wipes” can be used to clean your Pixels.
The important thing, before proceeding with cleaning, is to turn off the device. In addition, make sure not to let liquids enter the charging port or other areas such as the speaker grilles.
Paper towels or other products that could scratch the screen should not be used. Also, you should avoid the spray of detergents directly onto the device.
Your best bet is to use isopropyl alcohol. Apply a small amount to a soft microfiber cloth and then wipe down your device. If you don’t own a microfiber cloth, they’re not expensive to buy. In a pinch, an old but clean t-shirt will also do the trick. Avoid spraying anything directly on your phone’s display. You’ll also want to avoid paper towels as they can cause small abrasions. After you’ve cleaned your phone, wash your hands as well.