How to clean your smartphone or tablet device

February 03, 2014

There are numerous guides showing you how to clean your smartphone or tablet device but it’s not always just about ‘how’ you clean your device but also about ‘what’ you clean it with.

Your smartphone is one of the dirtiest surfaces you come into contact with. In fact a study in Chicago found that the average mobile phone had ‘abnormally’ high levels of bacteria including disease-causing bacteria - disgusting right?

What can you do about it?

The answer is straightforward and that’s to regularly clean it. The only problem is a lot of mobile phones and tablets have come to untimely ends during the pursuit of cleanliness. The most obvious mistake is excessive use of liquids like water and another is the use of soap.

So how to clean your device safely

First of all lets together some useful cleaning tools; you’ll need:

  • High quality lint free e-cloth
  • Distilled or filtered water

  • We definitely wouldn’t recommend using any chemicals so we’ve linked to one of our own cloths as they work best without them.

    Step 1

    Turn off your device and disconnect any cables carefully remove case and battery if possible.

    Step 2

    Take the e-cloth and moisten it with the distilled water and gently wipe the insides and edges of the case that you have removed. Ensure you get in all the gaps and sweep up all the dust and debris that has collected.

    Step 3

    Take a fresh section on your ecloth and moisten it very slightly and use this to wipe around the edges and cracks of the phone itself. Things like the speaker and recessed lens often require particular attention as grime always collects in these places.

    Step 4

    Once you’re happy with the clean detailing of your case and phone it is time to wipe over the phone for the clean shiny (or matte) finish that made your phone look so attractive when it was new. Take your e-cloth and smoothly and firmly wipe over the large surfaces of the screen. Wipe in one direction to ensure a streak free finish and enabling you to catch all the smudges and marks.

    Now you should have a perfectly clean mobile phone with no dirt in the gaps and no smudges on the screen.