Coronavirus has fanned out over the globe quickly and many new cases are being recorded each day. It has disturbed our lives in manners both big and small. Numerous associations have dropped gatherings and events, and different regions have trained inhabitants to rehearse social distancing and to remain at home at whatever point conceivable. If there was any kind of upside it’s that we’re all suddenly a lot more conscious of personal hygiene. By now, everyone knows that the virus enters the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth, which is why frequent and thorough handwashing is recommended as the best protection against infection.
Health authorities have advised the public to practice good sanitation practices, such as washing hands with soap, refraining from touching our face and coughing into our elbows. Another way to maintain good hygiene? Keeping our gadgets clean.
If you don’t have the access to soap and running water, at that point hand sanitizers are the following best alternative. It is also advised to clean and sanitize ‘regularly touched surfaces’ day by day – this would incorporate electronic gadgets that you utilize each day – such as your phone and computer/laptop keyboard.
Experts don’t yet know how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, but most other viruses are able to live on metal, glass, or plastic surfaces for up to nine days, and therefore, it’s best to sanitize these gadgets.
1. Clean your tablets and phone at least once a day. You don’t have to scrub the hell out of them, just a basic wipe them down once in 24 hours will do.
2. When using anti-bacteria wipes, always unplug your devices.
3. A soft cloth with a product that has 70% isopropyl alcohol will also do, but make sure the cloth is lint-free, otherwise, it will leave fluff behind.
4. Avoid any material that could be abrasive, like rough towels or paper towels, as these may damage the sensitive screen.
5. Never spray any cleaner or disinfectant directly onto the phone. Instead, spray it on the cloth and then use the cloth on the device.
6. Remember to keep liquids away from the product. Make sure that no liquid gets inside your phone through any openings, this can ruin your phone and most insurance does not cover liquid damage.
7. Also note that it’s not just the screen, other parts of the phone such as the power button, and the home button, can be as dirty as a toilet seat, so clean them too.
8. If your phone comes with waterproofing and has an IP68 rating, you can keep it in a bowl of water for a brief period and later, dab it using a cloth. But check the specifications very carefully before you attempt this.
9. Don’t use compressed air to clean it, the powered jet of air might interfere with the engineering of your phone.
10. Don’t forget your phone case – clean it and let it dry before slipping your phone back inside.
Well, that is about sanitizing the smartphone; now let us look at how we can keep our keyboards clean:
- Start with holding the keyboard upside down and then shake it – this will help clear off crumbs and other debris stuck inside.
- You can also use a keyboard cleaning gel, which soaks all the dirt, dust and germs
- A can of compressed air can also come in handy while cleaning your keyboard. It is useful to clean things where space is tight.
- You can also use a microfiber cloth and dip it in isopropyl alcohol. Use it gently to wipe the keys.
Unless your phone and keyboard are exposed to a potentially infected person, you do not need to worry about cleaning them multiple times a day – just do this once a day to keep them germ-free. Apart from following these cleaning measures, do not pass your phone around, and use devices like headphones and Bluetooth to keep your phone away from your face. These basic protective measures can help us safeguard our health.