How to Clean Electronics

How to Clean Electronics

Keep your phone sanitized and free of contaminants that could make you sick!

Electronics are an integral part of daily lives. They intermingle with contents in purses and are dropped on the floor.  Like handles and banisters,  we share phones, tablets and keyboards with friends and strangers.  By cleaning electronics often, we can reduce the spread of germs.

What Not to Do

  • Do not use all-purpose spray with acetone, alcohol or ammonia.
  • Do not use an old terry or dish cloth that might have bits of dust/dirt lodged in it.
  • Do not spray the solution directly on screens. Water damage is costly to fix.
  • Do not turn on the monitor before the solution is done drying. The screen may eventually be damaged.

What You Should Do

Cleaning Without Damaging

  • Apply the cleaning solution to the cloth, not the device.
  • Gently and slowly use circular motions on the screen.
  • Wait for the monitor to dry before turning it back on. Moisture eventually harms the screen.
  • Use distilled water so minerals in hard water don’t affect the screen.

How Does My Phone get Scratched?

In our post, Cleaning Sensitive Surfaces In Your Home, we explain why some surfaces are more easily harmed than others. For example, the iphone 5 is made of glass and aluminium. In general, glass and aluminum are 5 and 2.5 on the Moh Scale, respectively. If you put your phone in your purse without a case, loose coins, titanium jewelry and keys could potentially scratch the surface. Bottom line, make sure small pieces of granite or rocks are kept out of fibers in cloths you use to clean.

Helpful Products for Cleaning Electronics

  • Phone Soap
  • Microfiber or Cotton Cloths
  • Compressed Air (Gets loose dust in ports, plugins and keyboards)

Resources

Wiki

Martha Stewart