Coronavirus: How to disinfect your phone to prevent contagion


The coronavirus pandemic has spread in more than 160 countries around the world, infecting hundreds of thousands of people. One of the most crucial advice to stay put from it is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, as many times a day as possible. But cleaning high-contact surfaces or objects is also critical. However, it is also essential to keep our gadgets clean as well.

Just as it is recommended not to touch the face, more precisely the eyes, nose, and mouth, something similar happen with our mobile phones. But how do we avoid it from coronavirus? After all, we use it for almost everything. Such as work, keeping up to date with the latest news, and contacting our family and friends.

A 2012 study by the University of Arizona (USA) found that ‘smartphones’ have ten times more bacteria than a toilet sink. Also, taking into account that the coronavirus can live outside the body and stay up to nine days in metal, plastic, or glass surface.

Practically, it is a difficult task. Hence it needs to be adequately cleaned to keep it disinfected and not to ruin it in the process. Following, we will show you how to clean your mobile phone to protect yourself from the spread of the Covid-19.


Turn it off and remove the accessories

It may seem obvious, but it is worth mentioning. Before starting the cleaning process, we must make sure to turn off the device and remove all accessories. This includes any attached cases, covers, or accessories, such as chargers or headphones.

Do not use liquid products directly

Be careful with this point. The companies that sell these devices were in charge of clarifying that it is essential not to apply liquid cleaning solutions directly to the mobile phone. It could damage the phones, especially the coating that protects the screen from fingerprint smudges. Besides, liquids or water could enter the open spaces of the mobile, and that would destroy it.

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Use disinfecting wipes

One option to start cleaning the exterior of the mobile phone is to wipe it with a disinfecting cloth gently. Companies like Apple and Samsung recommend using wipes with 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean the exterior, without exerting much pressure effectively.

Use a soft microfiber cloth

It is a good suggestion, although it is also important that it is a soft, lint-free cloth. It could also be the one commonly used to clean lenses.

Without exerting too much pressure, you should clean the device with warm soapy water, and very carefully, preventing moisture from entering the openings, such as the headphone jack or the charging port.


Disinfect your mobile

To do this, we can use the same cloth mentioned above. We must moisten one of the corners of the microfiber cloth with a small amount of distilled water or disinfectant, without leaving it wholly wet or dripping. It is important not to overdo the cleaning since it increases the chances of damaging the device.

Avoid the following products

It is important to avoid any product that contains bleach, Lysol sprays, or to use compressed air. These are intended for glass, ceramic, and metal surfaces and not for soft accessories like plastic, rubber, or leather. They could ruin the device.

Clean cases and covers

In case you use a case or cover to protect your phone. It is also a good idea to clean it properly. Like the mobile, you can disinfect it, and remove all the dirt that it collects over time.

Keep into account how much you use it outside

Here it no longer happens to use the appropriate product or take care of the pressure that we exert when cleaning the mobile. Keep the device close to you when you are on the street, do not leave it resting on a table, or allow someone else to touch it. This could protect your health and that of your loved ones. After all, prevention is essential in these situations against coronavirus disease.

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