Tips for cleaning electronic devices from viruses and bacteria

Due to the coronavirus, both young and old have become accustomed to disinfecting many of the gadgets they use every day at home and in class. But what about mobiles, computers or tablets? The following tips are useful to remove bacteria and ‘viruses’ from screens or keyboards and not to damage the device during cleaning, which should be daily.

Did you know that 76% of those surveyed in a study carried out by the companies Celside Insurance and Ipsos consider that the mobile phone carries infectious agents? An issue that, on the other hand, involves cleaning electronic devices daily. But how do you properly clean and disinfect an electronic device? In classrooms, computers and tablets are used every day, while mobile phones are part of the routine of the youngest and also adults. And now, with the spread of the coronavirus, cleaning and disinfecting these devices is even more important.

Tips for cleaning and disinfecting a mobile phone

The smartphone is one of the electronic devices that we touch the most with our hands, specifically with our fingertips, during a good part of the day. Cleaning, as highlighted by Celside Insurance, is very simple and takes just a few minutes a day:

  • Microfiber cloth with alcohol solution: the main thing is to pass through all the parts of the smartphone a microfiber cloth -like a wipe- slightly moistened with alcohol (previously dissolved in water in a 70/30 ratio), removing the cover to clean it as well.
  • Be careful with the surfaces: it is important that, once cleaned and disinfected, you do not rest face down on any surface or take it to places where there may be a higher concentration of bacteria, such as the bathroom or kitchen.
    For its part, the Organization of Consumers and Users ( OCU ) also pays attention to the cleaning method in order not to damage the device:
  • No moisture in the slots: the charging port of the battery, microphone, or speaker is very sensitive, so care must be taken so that no water or alcohol gets into these slots. To clean these areas you can use a cotton swab, for example.
  • Take care of the camera lenses: in these areas, you should use non-scratching cloth and make gentle movements.
    It is also advisable to turn off the smartphone to clean it and carry out habits of use that prevent the spread of bacteria on the device, such as not sharing it with other people, washing your hands when you are going to use it, or wearing headphones to make calls.

Guidelines for cleaning computers, laptops, and tablets

Although these devices share some common aspects when cleaning and disinfection with mobile phones, such as the use of an alcohol and water solution (in a 70/30 ratio) or a disinfectant recommended by the Centers for the Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC), safety must also be taken into account when disinfecting them, what parts can be cleaned or what is the cleaning frequency. HP has a device cleaning guide to reducing the risk of coronavirus infection, from which we highlight the following tips for cleaning electronic devices:

  • Before cleaning, disconnect: you must turn off the device and disconnect from the power supply, in addition to removing the batteries from elements such as wireless keyboards, for example.
  • During cleaning, wear gloves and do not spray directly on the device: latex and disposable gloves to avoid direct contact with cleaning products, and only clean the external parts of the devices to avoid damage. Similarly, it is not recommended to spray any liquid cleaning agent directly onto the appliance.
  • Cleaning frequency: HP recommends that devices of this type be cleaned no more than five times a day (depending on the product) as it can cause excessive wear on components.