How To: Clean Your Cellphone
Take a close look at your cellphone. Does it have brownish gunk between the number keys? Is there a film of slim covering the screen? Can you tell which numbers you dial most frequently? Over time a cellphone can become a cesspool of dirt and germs. Your breath and skin and spit and viruses are constantly climbing all over your phone. Your cellphone comes in contact with all sorts of surfaces throughout the day including your dirty hands. You likely put it on the bathroom counter, the table at the restaurant, your desk, your pocket, the seat of the car or bus, the bottom of your purse or tool box, the floor and parking lot. AND THEN YOU PUT IT ON YOUR FACE! Your cellphone is likely one of the dirtiest things you touch all day, but it doesn't have to be.
Do's and Dont's of cleaning your cellphone.
- 5-10 Q-tips
- Rubbing Alcohol or Hitch Hazel. Not Hydrogen Peroxide
- Lint free towel
- 10 minutes without cellphone use
Do: Turn off your cellphone before cleaning it. You don't want to accidentally call the Moon.
Don't: Just use the key lock while cleaning. Turning off the power will protect you and your phone.
Do: Remove the battery cover and battery.
Don't: Use a metal object to remove your battery.
Do: Dip one end of the Q-tip into alcohol leaving the other end dry.
Don't: Saturate the Q-tip so much that it is dripping.
Do: Scrub the face and buttons of your phone with enough pressure to depress the keys some and get into the crevasses in between.
Don't: Press so hard that alcohol begins to pool on the phone. If pooling occurs dab dry with lint free cloth.
Do: Use the dry end of the Q-tip to soak out the wet grime in between the keys and repeat wet and dry until the phone is clean. Then polish the surface with the lint free cloth.
Don't: leave phone in the sun or in direct heat to dry. The alcohol should evaporate on its own.
Do: Flip over the phone and use the same process as before to clean the battery compartment and cover.
Don't: allow alcohol to leak into the exposed internal electrical components. Use the dry end of the Q-tip to dry up any wet areas.
Do: Lightly clean the battery contacts (metal part of phone where metal part of battery touches or connects) allowing to dry completely before continuing.
Don't: File or scratch any metal part of your cellphone.
Do: Clean sides, ports, microphones and speakers
Don't: pour alcohol into any part of your cellphone just clean the parts you can see and reach with the Q-tip. Never Spray Cleaning solutions or Lysol into your cellphone, areas you can not see may remain wet and short out electrical components.
Do: clean your battery and cover in the same way paying special attention to the battery contacts. This will ensure a good connection with the phone and a longer life for your battery (See: How To: Get the Most Out of Your Battery.)
Don't: Scratch the contacts, peal the label or press soft areas of the battery
Do: Insure all areas of the phone are dry and replace battery and battery cover.
Don't: wait so long to clean your phone again.
Clean you phone every few weeks or more if needed. Most of us do not wash our hands before texting. If you text frequently clean your phone more often or at-least wipe down the face before you put the phone to your face. A Clean phone is a happy phone. A little preventive maintenance will go along way to ensuring your phone is healthy and healthy for you.
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