Disinfect Your Devices Properly | Germs Free

According to DOSM.GOV, Malaysia’s population in 2019 is estimated at 32.6 million. Refer to Statista, the number of smartphone users in Malaysia is estimated to number over 20 million in year 2020. The actual number of people owning a smart phone is pretty difficult to gauge. The reason is that official surveys tend not to take into account those under the age of 18 (which obviously makes up a fair proportion of the mobile market these days).  

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

With the spread of the novel coronavirus all over the world, people are more concerned than ever with staying clean and germ-free. Everyone know that their smartphones and other electronic devices can carry more than a few germs such as MRSA., E. coli., Streptococcus, Mold.,C. diff., making it important to clean those gadgets every now and again.

Fingerprint smudges are hard to prevent because your skin constantly produces oils. That means that every time you pick up your phone, it’s bound to get fingerprints all over it.

What should you take note to avoid damaging the protective coating on the touchscreen?

  • Unplug all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Take your phone out of its case. If it’s made of safe-to-wash materials like TPU/silicone and hard plastic, give the case a good rinse in warm water and let it air dry.

Note: If your case is made of leather or other luxury materials, follow the guidelines provided by the manufactures.

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth (microfiber cloth). Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, or similar items. 
  • Avoid excessive wiping, which might cause damage. 
  • Don’t forget to clean your phone accessories (earbuds, charger and phone stand)
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Don’t get moisture into any openings.
  • Don’t use makeup remover, compressed air, aerosol sprays, bleaches, chlorine or abrasives.
  • Avoid alcohol and vinegar as they’ll eat through your oleo phobic coating
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the item.
  • Using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Apple
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Do UV lights kills coronavirus?

You’ve probably may come over some Facebook or Instagram ads regarding those cool UV phone sanitizers. Should you invest in one of them? Probably not. UV light has been effective against some other viruses, but we don’t yet know how it might affected COVID-19 (as yet not thoroughly tested scientifically). Other than that, the price of these gadgets are considering pretty expensive that cheap alcohol wipes do the job just fine. “If you think it’s cool and want to buy one, go for it,” says Schaffner. “But please don’t buy one because you think it’s better than other technology.”

Wash your hands regularly

Experts say that keeping your phone clean won’t matter much if you’re not practicing good hygiene in other ways. So remember, preventing the spread of germs starts with proper hand hygiene, wear a face mask to grocery shop safely, don’t touch your face, and so on.

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