What are the best ways to disinfect a phone against coronavirus? Our guide outlines the methods and what NOT to do. Currently, with the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to clean the mobile phone regularly and thoroughly. And that goes for tablets and computers as well.
Did you know that we tap our phone up to 2,500 times on average every day? And even if we hold the smartphone less often, that doesn’t change the fact that millions of germs, bacteria – and viruses – are spreading on the surface. Although the pathogens can only survive for a maximum of three days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces, this still has enough time for the ever-faster-spreading corona diseases. So why expose yourself to unnecessary risk when it is as easy to clean your phone regularly as your own hands? The same applies to PCs, tablets and laptops: How to properly disinfect all displays, keyboards and touch screens is summarized below for you.
Methods to disinfect a phone against coronavirus
Which cleaning agents for displays are recommended – and which are taboo?
The display of a smartphone is particularly sensitive and should therefore not come into contact with aggressive cleaning agents containing soap (such as glass or window cleaners). Otherwise, the oil-resisting properties of the surface, which is supposed to protect the display from fingerprints and greases, may be destroyed. Under normal circumstances, it would be sufficient to use an ordinary screen cleaner. There are a variety of different products, such as cleaning kits.
In times of the Corona crisis, however, the classic detergents are not sufficient to completely disinfect the display of your smartphone, tablet or laptop: most disinfectants usually do not contain alcohol and can therefore only contain bacteria, but do not kill viruses. In order to minimize the risk of infection, it is currently particularly important to clean the mobile phone with alcoholic disinfectants. According to Apple, the most suitable products are those that are 70 percent Isopropyl alcohol (dilute if necessary) or Clorox disinfection wipes – although it used to be said that alcohol would not be recommended for displays. For this reason, you need to be very careful when cleaning.
Avoid mistakes: How to clean your phone properly
- Before cleaning, make sure that your phone is not connected to a power source. It is best to turn it off completely and let it cool down before you start disinfecting.
- To prevent liquids from penetrating the inside of the smartphone through the housing openings or sockets and causing great damage, you should never spray the detergent on the display.
- It is best to use the display to clean the Microfibre cloth – it is soft and lint-free. Wet the cloth with the cleaning agent and gently wipe over all surfaces, i.e. the front and back.
- Last but not least, the mobile phone is a germ slingshot, but also its shell. If you clean the smartphone thoroughly, always remember to disinfect the case separately – otherwise the whole action was in vain.
To reduce germ infestation on your phone
To prevent a large number of bacteria, viruses and other pathogens from accumulating on your smartphone, you can take some preventive measures. The first and therefore most important tip is: do not take your phone to dirty places where they could be contaminated, such as toilets – especially the public ones. Furthermore, it is advisable not to touch the smartphone after creaming the hands until they are dry again – the oily residues are otherwise the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. This applies to all cosmetics containing fats. Last but not least: the smartphone does not belong on the dining table!