How to Safely Clean a Smartphone & Prevent Covid-19 Spread

October 15, 2020

According to researchers in Australia, we’d better all clean our smartphones a lot more than we do: Covid-19 can survive on touch screens for up to 28 days.


The findings, published in Virology Journal, suggested that the virus responsible for Covid-19 can last nearly a month on glass, stainless steel, and paper and polymer money if kept at around 50 percent relative humidity and around 68 degrees Fahrenheit.


Although many users likely increased the number of times they sanitized their phones at the beginning of the pandemic, it’s likely that original amount of meticulousness has waned as the months pass.


As a smartphone retailer, it’s important that you have the information your customers need—not just on how often to clean their phones, but how to do so to prevent damage to the phone itself.


How to Safely Clean a Smartphone


The best way to clean a smartphone is to use an alcohol wipe – such as Clorox disinfecting wipes—with at least 70 percent isopropyl alcohol to clean all non-porous surfaces, including the phone’s body and touch screen. These wipes can also be used to wipe down keyboards and other exterior surfaces on laptops and tablets.


Here are some general guidelines for sanitizing a smartphone:

If your customers are using a phone case to protect their phones, they can use the same procedure as long as the phone case material is similarly non-porous, such as rubber, plastic or a polymer. 


Keep in mind that there are many phone cases made of other materials – such as leather and fabric – that may require a different cleaning solution; the alcohol may leave them discolored or damaged. In this case, it’s best to check with specific manufacturers on the best sanitization methods.


Unless the phone case is waterproof, it is best to remove the case from the phone before sanitizing. Let it dry completely before placing the phone back into the case.



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