Everyone is more conscious of hygiene since the Covid-19 outbreak, and all of the phones, tablets, laptops and keyboards that we use and touch every day are another potential place for bacteria and viruses to hide.
Up and above washing your hands and not touching your face, here is how to clean your phone and how to clean your keyboard and mouse to help fight the spread of Covid-19:
1. Clean as Often as Possible
You don’t need to clean your phone every time you go out, and it might even be bad for it to be wiped so often.
Wipe it down after travelling or if other people have used it. Otherwise, at least every week or so.
Except during this Covid-19 outbreak, when it should be done daily.
You don’t need special or harsh cleaning chemicals, especially since there are expensive and delicate components to your phone.
Even things like Clorox wipes will eat away at the coating on your phone that stops fingerprint smudging.
2. Prepare your Devices for Cleaning
Make sure your device is powered down, and remove cases and unplug any accessories for access to all of your device.
3. Cleaning your Phone
Use a microfiber cloth, or anything that won’t scratch the phone surface. Use a little gentle pressure only and avoid fluids.
If you must use fluids, use warm and soapy water, being sure to dry it off. Avoid getting moisture around ports and buttons.
If your phone is IP68 rated for waterproofing, you can put the phone in clean water for a few minutes, then leave it to dry on a paper towel or dab off moisture.
Don’t use compressed air for phones. If things are stuck in your phone ports, use a cotton swab or toothpicks to remove it.
Or, you can try an ultraviolet light sanitizer. It doesn’t kill every type of bacteria, so you should use it alongside the other cleaning methods.
4. Cleaning your Keyboard and Mouse
Both the keyboard and mouse can be cleaned in the same way as your phone. But they are more robust, so you don’t have to be as gentle. Go ahead and use a can of compressed air.
First, shake the keyboard to loosen any debris and let it drop out. You can use disinfectant wipes on the keyboard and mouse, but not harsh chemicals like bleach, which will ruin the finish on them.
They aren’t waterproofed so be careful to dab away or dry off any moisture.
5. What you will Need for a Laptop
To start with, have a can of compressed air, a microfiber cloth and a small amount of water, if needed.
Dell confirms that a 50:50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and water can be used on the screens attached to its computer, when applied gently and carefully with a damp cloth. Sprays or harsh chemicals should never be used. Use the compressed air on the keyboard.
Now is the time to keep your devices clean and help stop the spread of Covid-19!