To avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the main recommendations are to cough into the elbow, not to touch one’s face with the hands, to avoid the contact with other people and, fundamentally, to wash the hands thoroughly with soap and water. However, some additional measures should be kept in mind, specifically regarding the several digital devices we all use and often share between family, coworkers and friends. Even more so if we take into account that in these days of social distancing virtual classes are becoming more and more the norm.
So much so that the world’s leading mobile manufacturers have been offering their own advice on how to disinfect mobile devices. On its customer support page, Apple recommends using wipes with 70% isopropyl alcohol to clean touchscreen devices. Another leading supplier of these devices, Samsung recommended gently wiping the surface with a clean, soft cloth, and, only if necessary, moisten the corner of a cloth with a small amount of clean water and gently wipe it across the screen.
What is the correct way to sanitize mobile devices?
- Apple and Google recommend turning off the device first of all.
- You can use soap and water, soft wipes or a mixture of water and alcohol in equal proportions.
- Dampen a cloth and have another clean one handy to dry it off.
- Do not apply too much pressure to the screen.
- Be very careful with the camera and the speaker.
- It is essential to clean both the front and rear ends of the device, that is, not just the screen itself..
What to avoid?
- Avoid using scouring pads, sprays and cleaning products.
- Take care that no liquid enters the openings of the device.
- Do not immerse it in a cleaning agent of any kind.
- Do not use household cleaning products, compressed air, undiluted pure alcohol, gel alcohol, makeup remover wipes or window glass cleaners.
- Also pay attention to the device’s protective covers. It is recommended to avoid using these covers at these times since they tend to gather more dirt rather than protect the device from perilous substances and bacteria.
We hope that these tips on how to disinfect mobile devices have been useful to you.