Whether smartphone or tablet, their owners have usually already invested a lot of money, so why not make additional efforts to care for the loyal companions appropriately? TECHBOOK has some practical tips that can help:
Practical tools for smartphone cleaning
1. Liquid screen protector and cleaner
There are now some liquid solutions on the market that are used to clean and protect screens. An example of this is Shark Proof, which can be applied to the screen in a few simple steps. It is a kind of liquid glass for smartphones or tablets. The great advantage of this nano-coating solution is that it hardens after application and can repel both liquids and fingerprints. In addition, Shark Proof is scratch-resistant and antimicrobial. The manufacturer guarantees that the coating protects the device from scratches and germs for up to two years. Of course, it also works with the usual fingerprint sensors and the iris scanner of the Galaxy S8.
2. Microfiber cloth
The easiest way to clean device screens is with a microfiber cloth. In contrast to paper-based towels, microfiber towels gently clean the sensitive glass of the smartphone or tablet without taking the risk of scratching it. Microfiber attracts and removes unwanted oils and dust where other products can easily distribute them.
TECHBOOK recommends that you stock up on these cloths as they work wonders when it comes to cleaning and polishing literally every surface – lenses, computer screens, televisions, etc. Some things like Glasses are supplied with a microfiber cloth, so that many users probably already have one at home.
To clean the screen, users should switch off their device, so dirt and soot are more visible. You should then repeatedly move the cloth in the horizontal or vertical direction. Once an area of the screen is cleaned, the next dirty area can be tackled and wiped until the surface is completely clean.
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A minimal amount of water should be used for dirtier jobs or jobs that require at least a little more than just a microfiber cloth and some elbow grease. The smartphone should first be switched off and the battery (if possible) removed. Then moisten a corner of the cloth with water (do not use soap) and clean the surface of the screen. Then use a dry part of the cloth to remove some of the water (of course, the screen can also air dry).
TECHBOOK also advises keeping the microfiber cloth clean so that the dust and dirt that has already been picked up from the screen is not redistributed on the screen. To clean the cloth, it can simply be dipped in a mixture of warm water and soap. Then rinse completely and allow to air dry for reuse. Microfiber cloths have no business in the washing machine!
3. All-in-one cleaning kits
If microfiber cloths alone are not enough, you can also look for a more robust option. All-in-one cleaning kits contain everything you need to keep your phone clean – at home and on the go. These complete packages usually contain a microfiber cloth, one or two cleaning solution sprays in different sizes (one for at home, one for on the go) and a pack of strong cleaning cloths.
The cleaning solutions contained should be free of alcohol and ammonia so that they do not damage the display when cleaning. If stubborn dirt remains after using the cleaning cloths, this can be removed using the microfiber cloth.
4. Protective covers
Of course there is also the possibility of preventive measures. If you want to protect your smartphone and its display from dirt and damage, use the protective cover.
Thanks to the soft and non-slip material with which they are produced, they usually offer more comfort and not only protect against fingerprints and dust, but of course also against bumps, falls and scratches.
5. Adhesive tape
If there is no microfiber cloth at hand, but the display still needs quick cleaning, the handle can help with a strip of adhesive tape (if available, of course). The following applies here: the wider, the better!
The adhesive tape can easily be stuck onto the surface of the screen without much pressure and removed immediately in order to remove unwanted dirt. The entire display can be cleaned with repeated repetitions.
6. With UV lamps against bacteria and viruses
If you can’t do anything with such improvisations and prefer professional procedures, the usual home remedies won’t help you. The UV lamp is a very useful gadget to take the hygiene of your own devices to a new level. With a UV light, mobile devices can be cleaned in no time at all.
They generate light with a certain wavelength, which penetrates the cell walls of bacteria and viruses and destroys them. Such lamps are also available with a charger, which means that the phone even charges on these models during cleaning.
No-gos and what should be avoided
Every owner of a smartphone or tablet should get used to certain cleaning routines. However, there are also a number of things to take into account in daily care, because not every cleaning method is created equal and there are some mistakes that should definitely be avoided.
Alcohol-based cleaning agents
No matter how suitable it may appear, alcohol-based cleaning agents such as Glasses wipes should never be used to clean the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Such products are too aggressive for the sensitive materials and tend to damage the protective layer of many devices or, in extreme cases, even to ruin them entirely.
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Anyone looking for cleaning agents online will quickly find innumerable special solvents and cleaning agents. Many of them are basically nothing more than mixtures of alcohol and water. At prices of up to 50, 60 euros per pack, it can be questioned whether a purchase of these so-called “smartphone screen cleaners” actually makes sense.
The display of smartphones and tablets should also not be cleaned with coarse cloths or paper towels, since there is a high risk with paper-based towels that they scratch the surface of the screen. Such scratches are so small that they are visually insignificant, but in the long run they can make the touchscreen unusable if it begins to stop responding to the pressure of your finger. TECHBOOK therefore recommends: A microfiber cloth as the only type of cloth that should be used to clean the screen of a smartphone.