Washing your hands is important for staying healthy. However, your smartphone and wearables go everywhere you go, so they need to be cleaned also. COVID-19 is estimated to live on the surface of your smartphone or wearable for 96 hours. In today’s post, we cover how to clean and disinfect these devices.
Disinfect & Clean Your Smartwatch
Microorganisms that cause illnesses like COVID or the Flu live on metal services for several days. If you go out and about, it is essential to disinfect your smartwatch to avoid getting sick regularly.
Apple released its cleaning guidelines and recommends using isopropyl alcohol at around 70% concentration or disinfectants with the same concentration. Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol is effective at killing microorganisms on contact and then evaporates. Isopropyl alcohol is a common way to clean your technology. However, you should consult the device manufacture for recommendations on cleaning and sanitizing your device.
Cleaning a smartwatch is a straightforward process. To begin, remove the band from your watch. If your watch is water-resistant, rinse with warm water to remove any dirt. Dirt can hide germs, so it is important to remove it. Dip a Q-tip with some isopropyl alcohol to remove any stuck dirt. Once you’ve removed the dirt, disinfect by wiping the device down with isopropyl or a disinfectant wipe.
Use the same methods to clean the bands of these devices. Spot clean any leather bands without soaking them. Isopropyl alcohol will not damage nylon, metal, silicon, or plastic bands. Fabric bands can be tricky; consult the manufactures before cleaning.
Cleaning A Fitness Tracker
Fitness trackers are very similar to smartwatches but can be worn for days. One of the most common Fitbit, recommends isopropyl alcohol to clean its products like Apple. In addition, Fitbit recommends avoiding soap-based cleaners as they can get trapped in the band. This could lead to skin irritation. Most trackers are designed to be worn while working out, so they will be water-resistant.
The cleaning process is the same as with smartwatches. First, remove the tracker from the band. Remove as much dirt as possible, then wipe the tracker down with isopropyl to disinfect it. Wipe down the band, and once the isopropyl has evaporated, reassemble, and your good to go.
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