Mistakes To Avoid When Cleaning Your Phone

June 19, 2019

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It's no surprise that your phone is probably the grossest item in your possession!  Not to mention your laptop keyboard, your TV remote control and anything you touch on a regular basis.  The problem is that some cleaning methods can permanently damage your device (maybe even render it unusable), so you need to know what not to do. Here are a few things to avoid. Don’t submerge devices in water. A no-brainer for many that submerging an electronic device in water will not only ruin your device but your warrant will be void too! While many newer smart phones are "water resistant," they are not totally waterproof. Don’t spray anything directly on a device. If you don’t wipe the spray immediately, the liquid could leak behind the screen or into the device itself, causing issues with the speaker, keyboard, or charging port. Also remember it can be dangerous to charge your device if any part of it is still wet and you don’t know it. Instead spray the cleaner on the cloth and then use the cloth to clean the device. Speaking of cleaners, avoid using abrasive cleaners. Apple specifically recommends against the use of abrasive cleaners like ammonia, window cleaner, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, compressed air, and hydrogen peroxide on devices. While it may be tempting to wipe your phone’s dirty screen down with a Clorox wipe, over time, these types of sanitizers can scratch the glass and remove the phone’s protective coating, which helps protect the glass from fingerprints and other oils. It’s better to use a special tech cleaner, when you can. Or even invest in a UV cell phone sanitizer device ($30-$100). Finally don't clean when it’s plugged in. Your phone, tablet and computer should be cleaned when turned off, ideally. Liquids and electricity don't mix.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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