Smartphone virus carrier: What is important when cleaning?

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A few numbers that can be frightening: On average, 100 different types of bacteria and viruses can be found on a smartphone. The total number of pathogens runs into the millions. And we tap our smartphones around 2,500 times a day. The result: a thick film of bacteria on the entire surface.

And that – as we are unfortunately experiencing now – can be dangerous. Because, of course, the new type of coronaviruses can also colonize your smartphone. So how do we best defend ourselves against the invisible threat?

The best cleaning tools are microfiber or eyeglass cleaning cloths, which remove a large part of the film on the display even when dry. Slightly moistened, they release even more pathogens. Users with plastic displays should be careful not to use glass cleaners or alcohol, as they can dull the show. The best solution is an alcohol-free disinfectant with which you moisten the cloth. Ideal are products that the manufacturer certifies as safe for use on touchscreens. Also, ensure that no liquid gets inside the smartphone – because damage can occur, and the manufacturer’s warranty does not cover that.

Dirt in openings (such as grooves and sockets) can best be removed with cotton swabs or toothpicks. Be careful not to apply too much pressure here. Kneadable cleaning compounds with an antibacterial effect are now available, especially for these hard-to-reach smartphone areas.

To avoid being too limited in using cleaning agents, the use of screen protectors is also recommended.

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