Keeping smartphones clean is a little bit more difficult than with most electronic devices, as they tend to be self-contained units – you will need to take a few extra safety precautions. Smartphones, however, should be cleaned regularly, as daily proximity to your mouth and hands means they’re amongst the filthiest things with which you come into contact!
Here’s what you’ll need to get the job done:
- A soft cloth (microfiber is preferable). Do not use tissues or paper towels, as they contain abrasive particles that may scratch surfaces.
- A small bowl of dry, uncooked rice, or packs of silica gel.
- Distilled water in a spray container. For a stronger effect, mix this half-and-half with vinegar.
- Cotton buds.
- A can of compressed air (optional extra). These can generally be obtained from electronics retailers.
Turn off the device or the screen. This will minimise the damage and should excess liquid get on the phone. Whenever possible, remove the battery.
Gently wipe the surface with a dry microfiber cloth to remove surface smudges.
If persistent dirt remains, spray a 1 tablespoon of your distilled water solution onto the cloth and try again. If stains persist, use the vinegar solution, but very sparingly.
Either wipe off excess moisture with a dry microfiber cloth or leave the smartphone screen to air dry.
Do not turn the smartphone back on until it is totally dry.
How to Clean a Smartphone Keyboard and Ports
These nooks and crevices are always open to dust accumulation. Follow these steps to keep them dirt-free:
Turn off your smartphone and unplug any cables.
Use a dry cotton bud to swab between the keys and inside the ports. This should get rid of any major dust and dirt.
For unmovable detritus, apply a little compressed air. This should blast dirt away nicely.
Compressed air can also be used to clean the interior parts of a smartphone (if they prove accessible), but heed the above advice, and do not attempt to clean the inside of your phone with anything else.
If your phone is extremely soiled, do not attempt to clean it yourself. Seek help from a professional to avoid further damage.