February 8, 2024

How to properly disinfect your phone and other electronics

This article shares best practices for cleaning personal gadgets like phones and laptops to prevent virus spread in the post-pandemic era. It provides detailed guidelines on cleaning methods, suitable cleaning solutions, the use of UV light sterilizers, and emphasizes the importance of hand hygiene after cleaning devices.

How to properly disinfect your phone and other electronics

Having emerged from the Coronavirus pandemic, we've gained valuable insights and wish to share some best practices with you.
While state and government agencies have implemented necessary measures to curb the spread of the virus, it is equally crucial for individuals to remain vigilant.
A key protective measure is maintaining cleanliness of personal gadgets like phones, which are 'high-touch surfaces'. Hand hygiene coupled with gadget cleanliness is crucial in the continued fight against various viruses. Here are some important guidelines we recommend when cleaning your gadgets, including smartphones and laptops:

Before initiating the cleaning process, disconnect all cables from your gadgets. In some instances, you may need to remove batteries and disconnect any external devices.
During cleaning, it's important to prevent moisture from entering your gadgets' openings.
Avoid spraying liquid directly onto the device, as the objective is to have a clean, fully operational device.
For gadgets with a fingerprint-resistant coating, bear in mind that these may be prone to damage from abrasive cleaning products. It's safer to apply a screen protector before disinfecting.

Make sure not to allow water or any other solution to penetrate the USB port, microphone, or any other device openings.
While Apple advises against the use of cleaning products and compressed air, many gadget brands endorse a solution of water and 70% isopropyl alcohol.
Apply this solution to a lint-free microfiber cloth to clean laptop keyboards and the exterior surfaces of your phones and tablets.
Disinfecting wipes, typically used for skin and surfaces, can also effectively kill germs and viruses on the non-porous exteriors of your mobile devices.

We strongly recommend using a microfiber cloth to clean gadgets without scratching them. A slightly damp microfiber cloth works best.
Though not highly popular, UV light sterilizers are endorsed by some brands to kill bacteria and germs on your gadgets.
These are often available online and can eliminate germs in just a few minutes.Before powering on your device, ensure all surfaces are thoroughly dry.

Lastly, remember to wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds after cleaning your gadgets.