We all rely heavily on our smartphones and need them to work efficiently every day. Now, research demonstrates exactly how attached to our mobile phones we really are.
The typical mobile phone user touches his or her phone 2,617 times every day. According to a study, extreme mobile phone users touch their phones more than 5,400 times daily.
Experts believe that our mobile phones are breeding grounds for germs. As the coronavirus continues to rage across the globe, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) recommends sanitizing frequently used objects to help prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Your mobile phone should be top priority here.
Find below the safest ways to clean your mobile phone.
You should start by turning off the mobile phone, removing the case and unplugging any headphones or power chargers.
Then, to avoid any scratches on the screen, use a microfibre cloth to clean your phone. This small cloth comes with glasses or camera lenses and they are super effective.
It can either be used with a small amount of warm, soapy water or screen cleaner solution, specifically made for touchscreens. Using heavy chemicals might remove germs, but they might also remove any chemical coating that manufacturers use to protect the screens from fingerprints.
Using a mixture of water and alcohol is an effective method but using more than 50 per cent alcohol can also damage the screen.
Pour the mixture in a small spray bottle, shake the bottle well, then lightly spray a lint-free microfibre cloth with the water and isopropyl mixture. Never spray the phone directly. Do not over-wet the cloth either.
Use the cloth to wipe down the entire mobile phone's front and back. If small areas, like the space around the camera lens, attachment ports, or buttons show signs of dirt build-up, gently use a dry cotton swab or wooden toothpick to clean those areas. Once any build-up is removed, wipe down the area again with the slightly damp microfibre cloth.
Allow the phone to air dry completely for at least 15 minutes before reinserting it into any case.
Once your phone is clean, the challenge is to keep it clean and free of germs. One way is to always wash your hands before you use your mobile phone and not take it to places where it is likely to pick up bacteria.