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How to Clean Your Screen During COVID-19
One of the first things you should consider when cleaning your phone screen is what product is safe for the material. It is a good idea to consult the manufacturer of your phone or case to avoid any accidental damage. Many manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft have provided cleaning guidelines for their products.
The following guidelines from Apple will help you clean any of its products, from iPhone to Apple Watch to MacBook:
Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items.
- Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage.
- Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
- Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
- Don't get moisture into any openings.
- Don't use aerosol sprays, bleaches, or abrasives.
- Don't spray cleaners directly onto the item.
- Use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces.
The following instructions from Samsung can be used with Galaxy phones, Galaxy tablets, and Galaxy Watch faces. Before starting, the device should be unplugged from any power source, turned off, and taken out of its carrying case.
- A lint-free, soft microfiber cleaning cloth is ideal for cleaning your device. You may also use a camera lens cleaning cloth. These are gentle and will not damage your device.
- Gently wipe the front and back of your device with the microfiber cloth. Do not apply too much pressure.
- You should avoid getting excess moisture onto your device; however, you may dampen the corner of the microfiber cloth with a small amount of distilled water.
- You can also use a disinfectant, such as a hypochlorous acid-based solution (containing 50-80ppm) or an alcohol-based solution (containing more than 70% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol). Do not apply these liquid solutions directly to your device; they should be carefully applied to a microfiber cloth instead.
- Avoid using cans of compressed air, as they may damage the surface of your device.
- Do not use spray bleach on your device.
You can use many common disinfectant products to safely clean most Microsoft Surface devices. Use pre-moistened disinfectant wipes or apply an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution that's 70% or less to a soft, lint-free cloth to clean the device. The following are specific cleaners that work the best:
- Isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution 70% or less
- PDI Sani-Cloth® Plus
- Covidien™ Alcohol Prep pads
- Clorox Healthcare® Bleach Germicidal Wipes
- Total Solutions® Disinfectant Wipes
These general guidelines will help you clean any electronic surface, including your Chromebook.