Coronavirus (Covid-19): how to effectively clean and disinfect your smartphone July 15, 2020 – Posted in: Smartphone news

Coronavirus (Covid-19): how to effectively clean and disinfect your smartphone

Article updated on June 18, 2020 with updated offers on microfiber cloths and wipes with 70% isopropyl.

The new coronavirus responsible for Covid-19 respiratory disease can survive on certain surfaces for up to 3 days according to a recent study by American researchers, and this may include your beloved phone. According to another study conducted by the company Dscout on a sample of 94 people, we touch our smartphone 2,617 times a day and it is often found in contact with our face. This means that any bacteria, virus or other germ found on your smartphone or your shell could easily be transferred to your skin and if you didn’t know it yet, the one who accompanies you every day is a real nest of microbes .

At the time of deconfinement, washing your hands in the right way, respecting barrier gestures as well as distancing measures can help you avoid any risk of contamination and transmission of the virus, but what about cleaning up your phone ? We tell you all about the best ways to disinfect it and what products to avoid.

To properly clean your smartphone: wipes, no pure alcohol

Pure alcohol can attack oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings that prevent oil and water from damaging your smartphone screen and its various connectors (mini-jack port, USB port, microphone, speakers, drawer SIM card and microSD). Avoid it. And if some websites recommend that you clean it with a mixture of alcohol and water, it is imperative not to be mistaken in the dosage of the concentration.

If you don’t want to take any chances, use disinfectant wipes containing 70% isopropyl alcohol. This solution is also advocated by Apple in its guide.

Wipes with 70% isopropyl alcohol on Amazon

The Apple firm does not recommend using bleach, avoiding open areas, spraying the cleaner directly on the smartphone and immersing it in a cleaning product (even if it certification against water). Aerosols and abrasive products are also prohibited.

Another solution is to clean your smartphone with a wipe or cloth slightly moistened in soapy water, rubbing it for a few seconds and avoiding the various connectors on your device even if it is waterproof. Once this is done, gently iron it with a soft cloth or microfiber like the one used to clean glasses. These solutions can be reproduced on the shell of your smartphone if you have one.

Microfiber cloths on Amazon


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