Cleaning & Sanitizing Your Electronics
Should you clean your electronics?
Your cell phone and tablet are extremely personal devices that you just happen to use in extremely public settings. From checking your list in the grocery store, touching it after sitting it on a counter, or letting a clerk scan a bar code, your devices will come in contact with viruses and bacteria which will then come in contact with your skin.
Things you'll need
- Sanitizing Wipes, like Clorox Wipes*
- 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol** and a microfiber or other lint free cloth.
* While the Clorox name suggests otherwise, Sanitizing Wipes do not contain bleach. The active ingredients in these products are different types of alcohols, backing soda, and citric acid. You should never use bleach on an electronic device.
** You'll see many instructions stating to dilute Isopropyl Alcohol with water to sanitize devices. Rubbing alcohol is already diluted to the proper 70% Alcohol/30% water ratio. You should not dilute it further as the resulting solution will not sanitize as well.
Things to remember
- Always fully turn off any electronics before your clean them.
- Do not charge your devices while you're cleaning or while the device is drying
- Never spray cleaners directly on your device
- Never submerge your device in water or cleaners.
- Do not use abrasive cleaners on your device
- There's no need to clean your device multiple times a day. A quick wipe once a day should minimize any risks.
- Don't use paper products like paper towels when cleaning your devices. Paper towels leave behind lint that can get stuck to your devices and their texture may scratch surfaces.
Cleaning your device
- Start by turning off and unplugging the device you want to clean. If your device has removable batteries, remove those as well.
- Remove any cases, covers, or accessories you have attached to your device. You'll want to clean these separately.
- Use a dry, lint free cloth to wipe away any dust or debris. You'll be surprised what ends up near charging ports or around camera lenses. Removing this dust before you apply a liquid cleaner will mean less unsightly streaks on the screen of your device.
- If using a Sanitizing Wipe, such as those made by Clorox, use the wipe on all surfaces of the One . Make sure to clean around speakers, volume buttons, lock buttons, etc.
- If you're using Isopropyl alcohol and a microfiber cloth, lightly dampen the cloth with the rubbing alcohol. The cloth should not be wet, merely lightly dampened. When ready, make sure to clean all the most common touch points of your device, such as volume buttons and charging ports.
- Once you're satisfied with the cleanliness of your device, allow it to dry for at least 20 minutes before plugging it in or turning it on.
Official Cleaning Tips
- Apple - How to clean your Apple products
- Microsoft - Clean and care for your Surface
- Dell - Guidance for Keeping Your Dell Technologies Equipment Clean
- Samsung - Keep your Galaxy phone clean