How to clean your phone screen

How to clean your phone screen

When was the last time you cleaned your phone screen? Like, did it clean properly? In addition to making your phone screen look blurry, fingerprints and the dirt of daily life can also turn your phone into a mobile germ farm. In fact, a study by the University of Arizona discover that your phone is likely to carry more bacteria than your average toilet seat. Have you stopped yet? If so, and we hope so, read on to give your phone screen the cleaning it deserves.

Four ways to clean your phone screen

There is more than one way to clean your phone screen, depending on what you are trying to achieve. While some methods will make your screen look shiny and new, they may not kill the bacteria that live on the surface of the phone.

Use a microfiber cloth

If you want to get rid of greasy fingerprints and dust, a microfiber cloth is the best option. You can use a dry microfiber cloth to polish off general dirt and debris before Apply a screen protector to your phone. But for a deeper cleaning that cuts through grease and dirt, you need to soak it with a little distilled water or a screen cleaning product.

Although it may seem a bit excessive to look for distilled water, it is worth it if you want to achieve the best finish. Distilled water is free of contaminants, which means you will not be left with streaked marks or residue.

Remember to always use liquids sparingly on the phone screen: you do not need to drown the device for cleaning to be effective; just moisten the cloth with it. If you do not have a microfiber cloth, a cotton sweater or a soft cotton cloth is the best option.

2. Use screen washcloths

Dedicated screen washcloths are just a more convenient version of a microfiber cloth and distilled water. They often come in disposable bags and are perfectly moisturized to remove dirt from your screen without causing problems for your device.

    ZEISS Smartphone Wipes

    Electronic screen cleaning wipes for digital device screens.

    Cleaning wipes from Bausch & Lomb

    Contains pre-moistened wet wipes that can be used on glasses and optical displays.

    Antibacterial technical cleaning kit

    The kit contains everything you need to keep your electronic equipment safe and clean.

When using screen cleaning wipes, dust the phone screen first, as small particles of gravel on the glass surface can lead to scratches.

Use disinfectant wipes

While a microfiber cloth, distilled water and commercial screen cleaning wipes will clean the dirt from your phone screen, they will not kill germs or bacteria. If you want to disinfect your phone screen, you need to look for a disinfectant screen wipe or a disinfectant screen cleaner.

    Isopropyl alcohol wipes

    Each napkin comes with just the right amount of alcohol, so you do not have to worry about using excess alcohol.

One thing to note is that most disinfectant screen cleaners contain alcohol. Although diluted alcohol is safe for your screen when used sparingly, using it regularly can damage the screen’s oleophobic coating. For this reason, it is better to wash your hands more often than to rely on disinfectant wipes to clean the phone screen.

Invest in a UV phone disinfectant

Finally, if you are determined to make your phone as hygienic as possible, you should look into UV phone disinfectants.

Phone Sanitizer UV from Aamzon

Image credit: Amazon

Ultraviolet disinfectants use UV-C light to destroy bacteria and have been shown to kill more than 99% of the bacteria on your phone. If you want a visually clean and sterilized phone, a combination of the above methods will keep your device in top order.

    Samsung UV Sanitizer

    Samsung’s new UV disinfectant can be used to clean your phone, glasses, earbuds and more. It also wirelessly charges your phone or any Qi-compatible device at the same time.

How to make your own phone screen cleaning solution

you hold spray bottle with homemade screen cleaner next to your mobile phone

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Although there is no shortage of phone screen cleaners on the market, you can make your own if you know what to do.

Making a simple phone screen cleaner is as easy as making a dilute solution of distilled water and white vinegar. You can also replace the vinegar with 70% isopropyl alcohol if you can find it.

To make your own phone screen cleaner at home, you only need to mix distilled water and vinegar in a ratio of 50:50. Add this to a spray bottle and you’re done. It is important to remember to dilute your vinegar or isopropyl alcohol, as otherwise you may do more harm to your phone screen than good.

What not to do when cleaning your phone

We have covered the best ways to clean your phone; now for a quick list of things not to do when trying to clean your phone screen.

  1. Do not use window cleaners or household glass cleaners.
  2. Avoid strong solvents such as acetone (dare we say it, gasoline).
  3. Do not use detergent.
  4. Never use bleach.
  5. Avoid abrasive powders.
  6. Do not immerse your phone in cleaning fluid – electronics and water do not mix unless you have one telephone with water IP rating.
  7. Do not press too hard on the phone screen; gentle pressure is sufficient.
  8. Treat your phone screen with care.

Kill bacteria on your phone screen

Most people check their phones over 50 times every day. No amount of screen cleaning will keep your phone screen germ-free 100% of the time. If you are worried about cleaning your phone, then the best option is to wash your hands more regularly, invest in a UV phone disinfectant and stop taking your phone with you into the bathroom (see you).

If you need more help, we have another useful guide on how to clean the phone’s speaker grille.

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