Mobile devices are everywhere. They are at our table when we eat, in our pockets or backpacks when we are on the go, and sitting on the bathroom counter when we get ready to go out at night. With their constant presence at all times during our day it is not shocking that they can get a little dirty once in a while. So when the inevitable happens; how can you make sure to safely and effectively clean your device?
To safely clean your mobile device you must first have a soft, lint free cloth. The most preferred type of cloth for this kind of delicate procedure is microfiber. Always avoid using any paper based material as these can leave scratches on your device’s screen. Using a dry microfiber cloth works perfectly for finger smudges, lint, and dust.
Since mobile devices are with us everywhere we go, there is a chance that your phone encounters certain outside contaminants that were never meant to touch your screen. Food, ink, and makeup are some of the most common contaminants that can get on the screen of your mobile device. The first steps that you want to take are to power down your device and take out the battery if that is an option that you have. Take your microfiber cloth and dampen one corner with water. Delicately wipe your screen with the dampened corner until you have cleaned the offending spot. For the most stubborn of stains you can use a light soap and water combo.Immediately go over the screen again with a dry part of your microfiber cloth to remove any leftover moisture. Make sure to navigate around any opening like the speaker to avoid getting moisture inside of your device. Once you are sure your device is completely dry you can put the battery back in and turn it on.Some people may think that their device’s screen is just made of glass so any glass cleaner will work to clean it. This is a big mistake not only could spraying your device allow the chemicals to get inside your device, but some screens have a special coating that can be destroyed by these chemicals.
If your device gets wet don’t panic, all hope is not lost. If this were to happen immediately turn off your device and again remove the battery if it is an option. Let it dry naturally, DO NOT use a hair dryer or any other heat source to dry your mobile phone or tablet. There is a rumor that placing your device in a bowl of uncooked rice will help pull the moisture out but that is unfounded and has no solid proof. There are also companies that sell kits that are said to dry out mobile devices.
We carry our smartphones and tablets everywhere we go so it is not surprising that they will receive collateral damage every once in a while. The quicker that you are able to attend to the problem the better results you will have. With these helpful hints hopefully you will be able to keep your device looking and working like new.