Is Your Touchscreen a Mobile Petri Dish?

  • How dirty is your mobile device?
  • Is it covered in fingerprints or crumbs from your lunch?
  • Are you ready to trade it in for an upgrade, but it looks positively unsanitary?
  • Did you know that your device is probably dirtier than the bottom of your shoe?

It’s probably time to do some serious spring (or mid-winter cleaning)!

For daily maintenance, get yourself a microfiber cloth and install the clever app called “deBac-app.”  It’s a free, standardized, interactive cleaning guide for tablet pcs and mobile phones (Android® only).

However, for hygienic cleaning (especially in a medical environment), you’ll want to use a disinfectant.  Be careful- you don’t want to damage the device and invalidate your warranty.  The Apple Store sells an isopropyl alcohol Clens kit by Bausch & Lomb for $20, but you can save money by making your own solution.  Use distilled water and a 70% isopropyl alcohol in a 1:1 ratio.  Fill a spray bottle with the solution, lightly moisten a microfiber cloth (no paper towels or Q-tips) and gently wipe down the screen, case and keyboard.  Don’t spray the device directly!

Check out these articles for more information about ultraviolet sanitizers and other unique ways to clean and disinfect your mobile devices.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/technology/personaltech/cleaning-the-mobile-germ-warehouse.html?nl=technology&emc=edit_ct_20140102&_r=0

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2282698/A-furtive-pick-nose-quick-text—The-terrifying-pictures-bacteria-lurking-mobile.html

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