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In the past we were instructed not to use disinfectant wipes on our phone screens, but now
Apple says it's okay to use Clorox Wipes and others with similar concentrations.
AT&T's revised cleaning guidelines suggest that you "spray a non-abrasive or alcohol-based (70% isopropyl) disinfectant directly onto a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe your device with the power off and unplugged ". An earlier version of the company's post suggested using paper towels, which are far too abrasive (see below). After contacting, AT&T changed posts to reflect the soft fabric. Samsung also said that you can make an alcohol-based solution of 70% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol, applied with a microfiber cloth.
Another option for daily cleaning is investing in UV light, such as PhoneSoap. This UV light company claims to kill 99.99% of germs and eradicate bacteria. As far as we know, it has not been tested in relation to this type of coronavirus.
Removing fingerprint stains from your screen
Fingerprint stains are difficult to prevent because your skin constantly produces oils. That means every time you pick up your phone it will get fingerprints everywhere.
The safest and most effective way to clean your screen is with a microfiber cloth. If the screen needs urgent cleaning, use distilled water to moisten the microfiber cloth, then wipe your screen – do not spray the water directly on the screen. This method can also be used on the back and sides of your phone.
You can also try a microfibre screen cleaning sticker that you stick on the back of your phone and that can pop off if you need to wipe it.
Also check out Samsung's tips on cleaning your phone.
Remove your fingerprint stains and other dirt with these cleaning tips.
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Remove sand and fluff with this trick
Fluff and sand can get stuck in the small ports of your phone and in the crevices where the screen touches the body.
The best solution for removing sand and fluff is adhesive tape. You can put it along the folds and the speaker, roll it up and place it gently in the ports. The stickiness of the tape will remove any lint or sand that may be stuck in your phone.
For the smaller speaker holes that the tape cannot reach, use a toothpick or try vacuuming the dirt with a small crevice tool. These tools can also be used for other small devices or hard-to-reach places in your car.
If you call while wearing makeup, guess what comes on your phone.
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Safely Remove Makeup
If you have a full face of makeup and need to call, guess what that foundation sticks to? That's right, your phone screen. And while you can use makeup remover every night to take off your makeup, you shouldn't use it as a screen cleaner because of some chemicals that can lurk in the ingredients. Organics.org explains which chemicals are in your makeup remover.
Instead, you can give your phone a make-up remover of your own, such as Whoosh. The company claims that it is safe for all screens and does not contain alcohol, chlorine, ammonia or phosphates that could damage the various screen coatings.
You can also use a damp microfibre cloth to clean it – then throw that cloth in the wash. Make sure to use a spray bottle to spritz the cloth, rather than running it under water. The less water, the better.
Can you wash waterproof phones?
If you have a water resistant phone suitable for
IP67 and above you can rinse it with water. While these phones, such as the iPhone 7 ($ 550 at Boost Mobile) and later and the Galaxy S phones, can withstand submersion for up to 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water, it's a much better idea to use a damp or wet cloth to clean your phone. Then dry your phone with a dry soft cloth to remove the water. Make sure all speakers and ports are dry.
Submerging the phone in water or running it under a tap will allow water to enter the ports, which means you won't be able to charge the phone until they are dry, which can take time. Remember that having a water resistant phone is more about peace of mind than deliberately taking your phone for a swim.
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We're Not Here to Shame You, But Let's Get That Bottle of Windex, stat. That way you don't clean your screen.
Since some hand sanitizers contain ingredients such as fragrances and ethyl alcohol, it is best to keep them off the screen of your phone. However, if you touched something outside your home, you should sanitize your hands before touching your phone to prevent viruses and bacteria from spreading. For best results, use a manufacturer's hand sanitizer
instead of making one yourself (they are not as effective). Window Cleaner
You clean your mirrors and windows with window cleaner, and they are spotless, so it should be okay to use on your phone? Wrong! Some newer phones, such as the iPhone XR
($ 599 from Apple) have a protective coating that resists water and oil, which can wear over time.
Using harsh detergents can remove the coating and make your phone more vulnerable to scratches. James LeBeau, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, told us that any abrasive cleaner is likely to scratch the surface, so they should be completely avoided.
The scratch resistant properties of a screen are not affected by cleaning agents, but removing that protective coating is still a problem. That's why Apple also suggests not using household cleaners to clean your iPhone, including bleach. For example, Bar Keepers Friend states that the abrasive formula can damage the protective layer. Bon Ami says not to use on glass with coatings.
They may be the best choice for cleaning your desk, but keep them away from your phone. The paper can shred, making the dirt on your phone much worse. Paper towels can even leave scratches on your screen.
Since many newer phones have a protective coating, alcohol can wear it out faster over time, making your phone more prone to scratches. Check for alcohol in the product ingredients on "safe to use" phone screen cleaners. Apple says to avoid alcohol when cleaning its devices.
Some makeup removers may contain chemicals that can be harmful to an electronic screen. LeBeau suggests avoiding makeup remover and using a soft cloth with a little water instead.
Your phone is delicate, so blowing a large amount of air into the portals can cause some damage, especially to your microphone. Tech companies, such as Apple, specifically warn against using compressed air.
Dish soap and hand soap
While your dish soap and
hand soap may be soft, the only way to use them is to combine them with water. Most phone companies suggest keeping water away from your phone, so again stick with a damp cloth. Vinegar
This is a no-no. Vinegar will remove the coating from the screen. As Lifehacker suggests, you can use highly diluted vinegar to clean other parts of your phone. Android Central suggests a 50/50 mix with distilled water to clean the sides and back.
Now that your phone has been disinfected, it's time to move to other areas. Here's
how to kill coronavirus in your home and car after going outside, what to do with your delivered packages and mail and why you have your own hand sanitizer .
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