When undertaking any sort of cleaning or freshening operations on your smart phone, the most important thing to know is the need for gentleness. Think of it as attending to a newborn kitten or a tiny, fragile baby bird. Use only soft materials and mild detergents for cleaning your smart phone. Most cleaning should only be performed on the outside of the phone and, barring a certified emergency, you should never open up your phone at all, much less clean the inside. Opening it up will void the warranty on most phones and probably do more harm than good.
Treating your smart phone like a dish or a utensil and scrubbing it with regular soap and water is not advised. Not only does water have the potential to ruin your device but the rough handling that it will be given in the process will take away from the secure and long term preservation of the piece. Still, a smart phone should be cleaned regularly to keep it running in top condition. Here are some tips to cleaning your smart phone without permanently ruining it.
Start by unplugging all cables and accessories from your phone. Make sure it is sleeping, hibernating, or turned off and that there is no chance it will accidentally come back on while you are cleaning it.
Sometimes smart phones come with a cloth included for the explicit purpose of cleaning the phone. If this is the case, never use anything else but that cloth. If your phone did not come with a cleaning cloth, use the softest piece of linen you can find and shake it thoroughly free of all lint and dust.
Mix about sixty percent water with around forty percent regular isopropyl alcohol, available from any pharmacy. Adding alcohol to the water used to clean your smart phone will help the liquid to evaporate as quickly as possible, lessening the chance of any water-inflicted damage to the phone. Liquid that evaporates quickly will help to prevent moisture from seeping into the delicate insides of your machine when you are cleaning it.
Once your cloth is clean and slightly damp you may wipe down your smart phone slowly and very softly. Start with the screen and remove all smudges, goo, and other gore that may have mysteriously accumulated from your extracurricular activities. Move on to the microphone and camera slots and clear out all crumbs, specks of dust, and any other unidentified objects that may be clogging them. If your smart phone comes with a keyboard, clean around each key separately using the tip of a cotton swab. Clean the top and all sides of each key, gently removing any crud that may have become encrusted around the key. Most key jamming episodes can be prevented simply by a thorough, regular cleaning of your keyboard.
Take the cotton swab and attack other difficult-to-reach areas of the phone. And when I say attack, I mean nudge. If a piece of dirt doesn’t come off with the first or second wipe, don’t get frustrated and lose your cool. Stay gentle and keep rubbing at it softly with the moistened cotton swab or cloth and it will eventually give way to your superior intellect.
Once you are satisfied with your cleaning job, set your smart phone aside for a while to let it dry. Assuming you used as little liquid as possible in the cleaning of your device, drying should take a maximum of fifteen minutes but no less than ten. Giving your device this short period of rest and recuperation while it dries out is essential to preventing any electronic shorting of your phone. Allowing it to dry thoroughly before turning it on will not only ensure that your smart phone’s lifespan is as long as mechanically possible, but it also shows your phone that you care.
After ten or fifteen minutes check the surface to make sure the last drop of liquid has evaporated. If this is the case, turn it back on and play a game or make some calls!
You may want to invest in a protective case to reduce both the daily damage to your smart phone as well as the number of times you have to clean it.
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