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Published on October 12, 2020

Tip to Stay Healthy
Sanitize your smartphone

Snatizing a phoneAs cold and flu season approaches and with coronavirus still a concern, one precaution you can take to stay healthy is to wipe down frequently-touched surfaces with disinfectants. This includes devices like smartphones and computers, but a recent survey showed that nearly 25% of people never cleaned their phones – even though they are full of bacteria.

Protect Your Screen

Perhaps the reason for the hesitation is that cleaning phones can be tricky.  Many products can damage the phone, especially the screen. The list of what not to use to clean a phone is long.

  • Do NOT use window and kitchen cleaners as they may damage the protective coating on your screen.
  • Do NOT use rubbing alcohol, paper towels, compressed air, dish soap or vinegar. All of these can damage your phone – paper towels can scratch your screen, and vinegar could damage its coating.
  • Do NOT use hand sanitizer on your phone screen, but do sanitize your hands before touching your phone.

Clean Your Phone Safely

To be safe, check the instructions for your phone for safe cleaning products as they can vary by manufacturer. Harsh cleaners can eventually damage the screen or internal components. In general, follow these tips.

  • Power the phone down.
  • Polish with a microfiber cloth to erase fingerprint smudges. This can be used on the screen, back and sides of your phone.
  • Use a Lysol wipe on the screen being careful to avoid openings. Wring it out first if it is extremely wet.
  • Air dry for at least five minutes.
  • Wipe down with a microfiber cloth again.
  • Clean your phone case too.

Don’t Forget to Disinfect Computers

Computers also need special attention with disinfecting the mouse, keyboard and mousepad. Again, it’s important to turn off the device and unplug it or remove batteries before cleaning.

  • To clean the keyboard, first spray it with canned air to remove dirt, then use a wipe or cotton swabs to clean each key individually.
  • Clean the exterior of your keyboard and all sides of your mouse.
  • Be careful with monitors – do not use disinfecting wipes on them. Instead use a soft towel.

To protect yourself from bacteria that accumulate on your devices, clean your phone daily and always wash your hands before using your devices to keep them as clean and bacteria-free as possible.  

For more information, contact:

Courtney Satlak
Director of Marketing

If you need to reach someone after business hours, please call 630-978-6200 and ask the operator to page the marketing representative on call.