You may find that you can never keep makeup or oily fingerprints off your phone. Then wipe the screen with your hand, but the streak only gets smudged, which makes your phone look worse.
Even if you're tempted to constantly wipe the screen with your brand-new shirt, you can fight it off. Keeping your phone (and clothing) clean with special cleaning tools and techniques can help protect your screen longer. There are also detergents that you absolutely want to avoid. Otherwise, you could damage the screen you work so hard to protect.
9 Things you should never use to clean your phone
Paper Towels : You can make your desk easier to clean, but keep it away from the phone. The paper can break up, making the dirt on your phone even worse. Paper towels can even leave scratches on the screen.
Window Cleaner : You clean your mirrors and windows with window cleaner, and they are squeaky clean. So you need to be alright to use it on your phone. Not correct! Some newer phones like the iPhone XR ($ 750 on Amazon) now have a protective coating that can be worn over time.
The use of harsh detergents can peel off the coating and make the phone more susceptible to scratches. James LeBeau, associate professor of materials science and engineering at MIT, added that any cleaning product with an abrasive is likely to scratch the surface so that it should be completely avoided.
Other Detergents : Lebeau found that the scratch resistance of the glass (screen) was not altered by any detergents. It would only strip off 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 products to clean the phone.
Makeup Remover : Some make-up removers may contain chemicals that can be hard on an electronic screen. LeBeau recommends avoiding make-up remover and instead use a soft cloth with a little water.
Rubbing Alcohol : As many newer phones are provided with a protective coating, rubbing alcohol can wear off the alcohol more quickly over time, making the phone more susceptible to scratches. Make sure the alcohol cleaners on the product components look for "safe-to-use" screen cleaners for alcohol. Apple says it will refrain from alcohol when cleaning its equipment.
Compressed Air : Your phone is sensitive. Blowing a large amount of air into the portals may damage your microphone. Tech companies like Apple specifically warn against the use of compressed air.
Dish Soap and Hand Soap : While your dishwashing liquid and hand soaps are gentle, you can only combine them with water. Most phone companies recommend keeping water out of your phone. So hold on to a damp cloth again.
Vinegar : Lifehacker suggests using diluted vinegar to clean your phone. However, Android Central states that you should never add vinegar (or alcohol) to the glass parts of your phone due to the oleophobic coating.
LeBeau has also confirmed that vinegar removes the coating. However, according to Android Central, you can also use it for other parts of your phone, such as: B. for the back. Just mix it to 50/50 with distilled water.
Disinfectant Wipes : The warning label at these points reminds you to wash your hands after each use. Therefore, it is not a good idea to clean something that touches your face. According to LeBeau, these wipes normally contain alcohol, which strips off the oleophobic (oil-repellent) and hydrophobic (water-repellent) coatings.
He said that the scratch resistance was mainly due to the ion exchange process applied to the glass, in which phosphorus replaced 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 have fingerprints all over your phone.
The safest and most effective way to clean your screen is to use a microfibre cloth. If the screen needs cleaning urgently, moisten the microfiber cloth with distilled water and then wipe the screen. Do not spray the water directly on the screen. This method can also be used on the back and sides of the phone.
You can also try Swipe Wipes, which you attach to the back of your phone. You can also remove it if you want to wipe it off.
Read also the tips from Samsung for cleaning your smartphone.
Remove sand and lint with this trick.
Lint and sand can get stuck 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 scotch tape. You can place it along the folds and speaker, roll up and gently insert into the connectors. Sticky tape will pull out any lint or sand stuck in your phone.
Use a toothpick for the smaller speaker holes that the tape can not reach, or try to suck out the residue with a small splitting tool. These tools can also be used for other small appliances or hard-to-reach areas in your vehicle.
Disinfect your phone from raw meat
If raw meat touches your phone – say, when you read a prescription on your device – remember to clean it with alcohol, but as mentioned above, Not – it can remove the oleophobic and hydrophobic coatings. Other sites recommend using a mix of alcohol and water. However, they have warnings. For this reason, we recommend staying away from it to be on the safe side.
Alcohol and detergents can damage your screen because they are 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 expel bacteria.
Safely Remove Makeup
If you have a complete face with make-up and need to make a phone call, guess what the foundation is in the right place That's right, your phone screen. And although you can use make-up remover to remove make-up every night, do not use it as a screen cleaner as there are some chemicals in the ingredients. Organics.org explains the chemicals that might be included in your make-up remover.
Instead, you can get your own make-up remover like Whoosh. The company claims it is safe for all sieves and contains no alcohol, chlorine, ammonia or phosphates that could damage the various sieve coatings.
You can also use a damp microfibre cloth to clean it – and then throw it in the laundry. Make sure you use a spray bottle to splash the cloth instead of running it underwater. The less water the better.
Can you wash waterproof phones?
If you own a waterproof phone designed for ($ 263 at Walmart) and the new Galaxy S phones, can endure up to 30 minutes immersion in up to 3 feet of water, this is a much better idea a humid one or wet cloth to clean the phone. Then dry your phone with a dry, soft cloth to remove the water. Make sure all speakers and connections are dry.you can rinse it with water. Although these phones, like the iPhone 7
If you immerse the phone in water or run it under a tap, water gets into the ports. This means that you can not charge the phone until it is dry. Keep in mind that a waterproof phone is more about resting than deliberately swimming your phone.
Originally published on April 22 at 5 pm PT.