It can be a constant battle to keep your phone screen clean. If you text while you eat, the smudges can make the screen very difficult to see. At the moment, you may be tempted to wipe it on your shirt or pants, but we wouldn’t recommend it. There are specific ways to properly clean your screen and keep it protected for an extended period. There are also cleaning solutions that you may think will not harm your phone, but ultimately, they will.

Things You Should NOT Use To Clean Your Screen

Disinfectant Wipes

While they may kill germs on the surfaces around your home, you should not use them on your devices. Most wipes recommend washing your hands after you use them. Using them on something that is often in contact with your face is probably not a good idea. The alcohol that is used in the wipes can also strip off the hydrophobic (water repellent) and oleophobic (oil repellent) coatings on the screen.

Window/ Household Cleaners

While window cleaner will keep your windows squeaky clean, they like disinfectant wipes and can harm your phone. These cleaners will have abrasive chemicals that will wear the protective coating on the screen. While these protective layers will wear off over time and use, the cleaning agents can accelerate this process. In extreme cases, it could lead to the screen being scratched.

Compressed Air

Delicate electronics power your phone. The force of compressed air could damage these components, especially the microphones. It could also pack dirt and lint into the speaker grills and charge port.

Paper Towels

The paper used to create them can shred making the mess on your phone worse. Some paper towels can scratch your screen.

Other Things To Avoid

Rubbing alcohol, vinegar, makeup remover. As with the other cleaners, these will destroy the protective layers on the screens. Phones that have glass backs may also have these coatings, so do not use them on the back of your phones either. Soap and water can also hurt your phone. Even if your phone is rated for water resistance, doesn’t mean water cannot harm your phone.

Cleaning Off Those Fingerprints

Every time you pick up your device, you will leave fingerprints on it. This is because your skin is continuously producing oil. The best way to clean them off your screen is with a microfiber cloth. If you need an extra oomph, wet the cloth with some distilled water. This method can also be used on the glass on the back of your phone. There are other wipes and specific screen cleaners that are geared towards electronics. Verify the ingredients before you use them on your device.

Cleaning Out Lint, Dirt, & Sand

Lint, dirt, and sand have a habit of clogging the various ports and speaker holes in your device. The most effective way to clean them is to use scotch tape. You can put it over the ports, and the adhesive should be strong enough to grasp the debris to remove it. You can also use a fine pair of tweezers to gently clean out any lint that may be packed into your charge port. We want to stress the gently part if you are too aggressive you can damage the charge port which will leave you unable to charge your phone. If you have a small handheld vacuum with a crevice tool, this will also work to clean out the debris. If you need assistance with this process, visit your local Computer Warriors location.

Cooking With Your Phone?

If your reading a recipe off your phone, it may come in contact with raw meat, as mentioned earlier, alcohol and other cleaners can damage the protective layers on the screen. Some sites will recommend an alcohol/ water mix but will have warnings on them. The best method is to use distilled water and a microfiber cloth. If you are concerned about bacteria, a UV light will kill them. There is a charging case called PhoneSoap that claims to kill 99.99% of bacteria with a built-in UV light.

Removing Makeup From Your Screen

Your makeup may tend to rub off on your screen during a phone call. Using a dampened microfiber cloth is still the best way to clean the filter. There is a company called Whoosh that will safely remove makeup from your phone. The product contains no alcohol, chlorine, ammonia, or phosphates that could damage your screens.

What about Waterproof phones?

First, nothing is truly waterproof. We see ‘waterproof’ devices sustain water damage all the time. Phones starting with the Samsung S6 and iPhone 6S series, introduced water resistance to their lineup. These phones can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. Even so, we recommend using a damp cloth to clean your screen. Make sure you dry it off thoroughly. If water gets into the charge port, it will not allow the phone to charge until it is dried out. Water resistance is more for peace of mind than it is to take your phone swimming.

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