Amid Coronavirus scare, importance is being stressed on maintaining personal hygiene and following good hand sanitation practices. Health professionals believe, adhering to these norms can check infections from spreading but there’s a reason to worry. It’s been found that Smartphones are hotbed for germs and viruses! They carry more bacterial and viral infections than, kitchen counters, checkout screens, and doorknobs do, combined. Don’t make your iPhone a third hand you never wash! Read this post to know how to deep clean iPhone and keep the Coronavirus germ Off your hand!
Disinfect or deep clean iPhone to keep Coronavirus at bay
Personal electronic devices like your Smartphone are considered ‘high-touch’ surfaces which make it a potential carrier for the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
A study by Deloitte reveals, an average American, probably checks his Smartphone more than 50 times in a day. As such, if infected by the virus, your iPhone can play a vital role in the dissemination of disease since, it is the device in use continuously and often press to the side of your face.
It is in this view; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are advising the general public to wash their hands often and surfaces. That means keeping your phone clean is also important.
Just a week ago, Apple clarified on its website that you can safely clean your iPhone with disinfectant wipes, like Clorox sheets. It also published a dedicated page explaining how to clean your iPhone.
Earlier, Apple had cautioned users from cleaning an iPhone with alcohol or disinfectant wipes for fear of damaging the screen and coating (iPhone has a fingerprint-resistant oleophobic—oil repellent—coating. On iPhone 8 and later, the coating is on the front and back). However, following the pandemic Apple updated its guidelines, offering some more leeway. On its recently updated support page ‘How to clean your Apple products’ the company had the following to say:
Is it OK to use a disinfectant on my iPhone?
Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces of your iPhone. Don't use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don't submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.
So, although it appears that the virus has the strength to persist on surfaces such as metal, glass, and plastic for up to nine days, it can be inactivated within a minute using certain surface disinfectant products.
- Use Clorox disinfecting Wipes
- Use Rubbing Alcohol
- Use UV phone sanitizer
To test this method, gently wipe your iPhone with a lightly dampened microfiber cloth or Clorox disinfecting Wipes. Take care not to use abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items. Also, avoid excessive wiping as it may cause unwanted damage.
1] Use Clorox disinfecting wipes
Most people love Clorox disinfecting wipes and use them for just about everything. These wipes don’t have any bleach in them, so they are safe for all hard, non-porous surfaces. Moreover, the composition of wipes doesn’t include a single ingredient but a mixture of many which make the disinfectant indispensable for cleaning mobile surfaces.
2] Use Rubbing Alcohol
If you find Clorox disinfecting wipes missing or going off shelves due to spike in demand, you can use ‘Rubbing alcohol’ (90-91 percent alcohol) as an alternative. The solution is composed of a mixture of water mixed with either
- Denatured ethyl alcohol
- Isopropyl alcohol
They’re found to be highly effective at deactivating lipid viruses.
3] UV phone sanitizer
UV phone sanitizer like PhoneSoap 3.0 fits the criteria best as the device kills 99.99% of germs. This has been established clinically. The device cleans and sanitizes your phone while it charges. So, you can enhance your daily charge with a sanitizing process. It consists of a small UV lamp inside that kills most of the Cold & Flu Viruses. It turns off 5-6 minutes later, and you can remove your phone from the device. Before you begin, run through the user’s guide to avoid any mishaps. PhoneSoap 3.0 has a sleek design and is available in multiple colors — from aqua to gold. Its size is large enough to accommodate big-screen phones as the iPhone 8 Plus.
Other advantages of PhoneSoap 3.0
- Safely sanitizes anything that fits inside (phone cases included)
- Acoustic audio amplifier allows you to hear alarms and notifications
- Two charging ports allow it to act as a universal charger for any device.
Hope this helps!
Image courtesy - Clorox