The screen of your phone is prone to contamination – especially if you send text messages while you eat. Fortunately, you can clean up your screen with the right cleaning tools in no time.
While you may be tempted to wipe your screen with your brand new shirt or jeans, you should fight back. If you use certain cleaning tools and techniques to keep your phone (and clothes) clean, the screen will last longer. There are also detergents that you should avoid because they can damage the screen you work so hard on.
9 Things you should never use to clean your phone
Paper Towels : You may be responsible for cleaning your desk, but keep it away from your phone. The paper can be shredded, which greatly aggravates the pollution of your phone. Paper towels can even leave scratches on your screen.
Window Cleaner : You clean your mirrors and windows with window cleaner and they are spotless, so it must be ok to use them on your phone? Not correct! Some newer phones, such as the iPhone XR ($ 750 on Amazon) now have a protective coating that can wear off over time.
When using harsh detergents, the coating may peel off and the phone is more susceptible to scratches. James LeBeau, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, tells me that abrasive cleaners are likely to scratch the surface. Therefore, these should be completely avoided.
Other Detergents : LeBeau found that the scratch resistance of the glass (screen) would not be altered by any detergents. It would only remove the coating that protects the screen. Bar Keepers Friend, for example, states that its abrasive formula can damage the protective layer. Bon Ami claims not to use glass with coatings. Apple also recommends that you do not use cleaning agents to clean the phone.
Makeup Remover : Some make-up removers may contain chemicals that can be harmful to an electronic screen. LeBeau recommends avoiding make-up remover and instead use a soft cloth with a little water.
Rubbing Alcohol : As many newer cell phones come with a protective coating, alcohol can wear off more quickly over time, making the phone more susceptible to scratches. Check all "safe to use" screen cleaners for alcohol in the ingredients of the product. Apple recommends that you do not use alcohol while cleaning the equipment.
Compressed Air : Your phone is sensitive. So, blowing a lot of air into its portals can cause damage, especially to your microphone. Tech companies like Apple specifically warn against using compressed air.
Dish Soap and Hand Soap : While your dish soap and hand soaps are gentle, you can only combine them with water. Most phone companies recommend keeping water out of your phone. Therefore, stick to a damp cloth.
Vinegar : Lifehacker recommends using diluted vinegar to clean your phone. However, according to Android Central, vinegar (or alcohol) should never be added to the glass parts of your phone due to the oleophobic (oil-repellent) coating.
LeBeau has also confirmed that vinegar peels off the coating. However, according to Android Central, you can also use it on other parts of your phone, such as: B. on the back. Just mix it 50/50 with distilled water.
Disinfectant Wipes : The warning label on these wipes reminds you to wash your hands after each use. Therefore, it is not a good idea to clean something with these towels that often touches your face. According to LeBeau, these wipes usually contain alcohol, which removes the oleophobic and hydrophobic (water-repellent) coatings.
He said that the scratch resistance is mainly due to the ion exchange process applied to the glass, where phosphorus replaces sodium in the surface.
Removing Fingerprint Stains
Fingerprint stains are difficult to prevent because your skin is constantly producing oils. This means that every time you pick up your phone, you'll see fingerprints on it.
The safest and most effective way to clean the screen is to use a microfibre cloth. If the screen needs cleaning urgently, use distilled water to moisten the microfibre cloth, and then wipe the screen. Do not spray the water directly on the screen. This method can also be applied to the back and sides of your phone.
You can also try Swipe Wipes, which you can attach to the back of your phone and drop them off when needed.
Read also the tips from Samsung for cleaning your smartphone.
Remove sand and lint with this trick.
Fluff and sand can accumulate in the small ports on your phone and in the gaps where the screen hits the body.
The best solution for removing sand and lint is adhesive tape. You can lay it down along the folds and the speaker, roll it up and insert it carefully into the connections. The stickiness of the tape will remove any lint or sand particles that may be in your phone.
Use a toothpick for the smaller speaker holes that the tape can not reach or try to vacuum the debris with a small splitting tool. These tools can also be used for other small devices or hard to reach areas in your car.
Disinfect your phone from contact with raw meat.
If raw meat touches your phone – say, when you read a prescription on your device – you may immediately think about cleaning it with alcohol. Not. It can remove the oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings. Other sites recommend using a mix of alcohol and water, but there are warnings. We therefore recommend keeping away from it for safety reasons.
Alcohol and detergents can damage your screen because they are so corrosive. Instead, use the (please tell me now) wet microfiber cloth or invest in a UV light like PhoneSoap. This UV light company claims to kill 99.99% of the germs and banish bacteria.
Safely removing make-up
If you have a full make-up and want to make a call, guess what Foundation happens? That's right, your phone screen. And while you can use makeup remover to remove your makeup every night, you should not use it as a screen cleaner as some chemicals may linger in the ingredients. Organics.org explains the chemicals that might be included in your make-up remover.
Instead, you could give your phone its own make-up remover, like Whoosh. The company claims that it is safe for all screens and contains no alcohols, chlorine, ammonia or phosphates that could damage the various screen coatings.
You can also clean it with a damp microfiber cloth – and then throw it in the laundry. Be sure to use a spray bottle to spray the cloth instead of running it underwater. The less water, the better.
Can you wash waterproof phones?
If you have a waterproof phone with a rating of ($ 640 at Walmart) and newer and the Galaxy S phone, can dip up to 30 feet in up to 3 feet of water, it's a much better one Idea to use them a damp or wet cloth to clean the phone. Then dry your phone with a dry, soft cloth to remove the water. Make sure you dab all speakers and connections dry.you can rinse it with water. Although these phones, like the iPhone 7
If you dip the phone in water or operate it under a tap, water enters the ports. This means that you can only recharge it when it is dry. This can take some time. Keep in mind that a waterproof phone is more appealing for reassurance than deliberate swimming.
Originally published on April 22nd.