How to spring clean (your phone)

We debunked the biggest myths about cleaning your phone and listed out our tips for making it look shiny and new.

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Spring cleaning is upon us. It’s time to clean out your junk, and we have some bad news. The surface of your phone is disgusting.

There are many myths and old wive’s tales out there about the best ways to clean your device. We’re debunking those myths and providing the actual ways you can spring clean or fix your device.

MYTH: Wiping a screen with toothpaste fixes scratched screens.

TRUTH: It only makes the screen shinier, giving the illusion that the scratches are buffed out.

MYTH: Putting your phone in rice extracts the liquid from a water damaged device.

TRUTH: It actually causes tiny particles from the rice to infiltrate the innards of your phone- not good. This can easily damage your phone’s logic board, AKA the brain of your phone. Sometimes the rice trick may give you a false-positive and the phone may appear to work, but this is just because the phone has had time to dry out without interruption.

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MYTH: Household cleaners work just find to clean your smartphone!

TRUTH: No matter how appealing or appropriate it might seem to use a product like Windex or other cleaner stashed under your sink, never resort to using these to clean the screen on your smartphone. Cleaners such as these can damage the coating found on most devices, which can ruin your phone.

MYTH: No one can hear me, my speaker is broken.

TRUTH: Often times, funny or not, this is a case of one thing- pocket lint. For those that carry their phones in their pockets, lint easily can infiltrate the speaker(s) or headphone jack (RIP) and cause malfunction. The best way to clean these is with a super soft bristle toothbrush. Gently brush the speakerports and microphone opening to remove any debris.

Now, here are some real ways to clean your device.

Microfiber cloths:

You can get a very microfiber cloth, perhaps even for free, at your optometrist’s office, which should be just fine for a phone. You can buy larger ones for a few dollars at camera stores, electronics stores, hardware stores, or online.

Here’s how to get your smartphone screen nice and clean:

-Turn off your device (just in case, safety first).

-Wipe the screen gently with the dry cloth. Don’t press hard on it, but for particularly stubborn dirt you can apply some gentle pressure.

-If a dry cloth doesn’t do the job, you’ll need to use a wet one–and that can be tricky. Distilled water is the safest and cheapest liquid for a screen. If that isn’t strong enough, mix it half-and-half with white vinegar.

-Put the liquid into a spray bottle, and spray it onto the microfiber cloth.

-Wipe the display as described above, and then wait until the screen is completely dry before turning the device back on.

Scotch tape:

When a microfiber cloth is out of the question, and you need to clean your screen quickly, a strip of Scotch Tape (or another type of light duty adhesive tape) can work wonders. Just stick the tape to the surface of the screen and peel it off to remove any unwanted dirt and grime. Repeat the previous step as often as necessary to clean the entire screen.

There are many official smartphone cleaner products out there in market, but we’ve found that the above works just fine.  

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