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6 Simple Steps to Cleaning Your Phone Before and After Commuting

Essentials

6 Simple Steps to Cleaning Your Phone Before and After Commuting

If you knew the kind of bacteria that can live on your phone, you’d probably carry it into the shower with you. As clever as we all can be in avoiding contact with gas pumps, elevator buttons, and even door handles, humans have yet to figure out how to keep our fingers off our phones. So since you handle your device hundreds or likely thousands of times a day, you might as well learn how to clean your phone properly.

Here are 6 steps to cleaning your phone and its accessories 

 

How often do you clean your phone right now? Not just with paper towel and water – when we say clean, we mean deep cleaning every inch of your phone and its accessories. Chances are, not enough, which is why you need to keep on reading this article. 

 

1. Remove the phone from its case 

Raise your hand if you clean your phone without taking it out of the phone case. That’s not cleaning, my friend. You might as well blow on it a couple of times and call it a day. Take a minute to remove your phone from the case and power if off. 

2. Wipe it down 

If possible, your best bet is using a microfiber cloth. That will give the most thorough clean before you move on to the next steps. All you’re doing with this step is removing surface germs like crusty chicken wing sauce and dust buildup. 

3. Get an alcohol-based cleaning product 

Something like Lysol wipes actually works really well. They’re made sensitive enough not to make your phone screen change into those rainbow colours and strong enough to actually get rid of bacteria. Still, you should try to avoid the ports. 

4. Grab a Q-tip  

Don’t forget about the crevices! Unless your fingers don’t have bones, there are going to be a couple of spots you just can’t get to efficiently. Grab a Q-tip, spray or dip it in whatever cleaner you’re using, and get that dirt out. 

5. Air dry for a while  

By a while, we mean a few minutes. Keep it out of the sun, and it should only take a short while before you can saddle it back into your phone case, which brings us to our next point. 

6. Clean your phone case  

The good thing about phone cases is that you can dunk most of them in some kind of cleaning solution and they won’t be damaged in any way, unless your case is leather, of course. Then you’ll have to find a cleaner that’s safe for leather if you want to keep your case in good condition. Use a microfiber cloth like you did with your cellphone and wipe down the entire surface on both sides. 

Use Rocketman before you start your commute 

 

If you’re trying to keep your phone its cleanest, the best time to use Rocketman is while you’re still at home or in your office. We provide real-time transit alerts and arrival times, and our new crowdedness feature helps you avoid the busiest times on your route. Keeping your phone in your pocket while you’re outside is one way to keep it as clean as possible.  

Download the Rocketman app:

 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

If you knew the kind of bacteria that can live on your phone, you’d probably carry it into the shower with you. As clever as we all can be in avoiding contact with gas pumps, elevator buttons, and even door handles, humans have yet to figure out how to keep our fingers off our phones. So since you handle your device hundreds or likely thousands of times a day, you might as well learn how to clean your phone properly.

Here are 6 steps to cleaning your phone and its accessories 

 

How often do you clean your phone right now? Not just with paper towel and water – when we say clean, we mean deep cleaning every inch of your phone and its accessories. Chances are, not enough, which is why you need to keep on reading this article. 

 

1. Remove the phone from its case 

Raise your hand if you clean your phone without taking it out of the phone case. That’s not cleaning, my friend. You might as well blow on it a couple of times and call it a day. Take a minute to remove your phone from the case and power if off. 

2. Wipe it down 

If possible, your best bet is using a microfiber cloth. That will give the most thorough clean before you move on to the next steps. All you’re doing with this step is removing surface germs like crusty chicken wing sauce and dust buildup. 

3. Get an alcohol-based cleaning product 

Something like Lysol wipes actually works really well. They’re made sensitive enough not to make your phone screen change into those rainbow colours and strong enough to actually get rid of bacteria. Still, you should try to avoid the ports. 

4. Grab a Q-tip  

Don’t forget about the crevices! Unless your fingers don’t have bones, there are going to be a couple of spots you just can’t get to efficiently. Grab a Q-tip, spray or dip it in whatever cleaner you’re using, and get that dirt out. 

5. Air dry for a while  

By a while, we mean a few minutes. Keep it out of the sun, and it should only take a short while before you can saddle it back into your phone case, which brings us to our next point. 

6. Clean your phone case  

The good thing about phone cases is that you can dunk most of them in some kind of cleaning solution and they won’t be damaged in any way, unless your case is leather, of course. Then you’ll have to find a cleaner that’s safe for leather if you want to keep your case in good condition. Use a microfiber cloth like you did with your cellphone and wipe down the entire surface on both sides. 

Use Rocketman before you start your commute 

 

If you’re trying to keep your phone its cleanest, the best time to use Rocketman is while you’re still at home or in your office. We provide real-time transit alerts and arrival times, and our new crowdedness feature helps you avoid the busiest times on your route. Keeping your phone in your pocket while you’re outside is one way to keep it as clean as possible.  

Download the Rocketman app:

 

Rocketman transit app for iOS

Rocketman transit app for Android

 

This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

 

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This article offers general information only and is not intended as legal, financial or other professional advice. A professional advisor should be consulted regarding your specific situation. While the information presented is believed to be factual and current, its accuracy is not guaranteed and it should not be regarded as a complete analysis of the subjects discussed. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of the author(s) as of the date of publication and are subject to change. No endorsement of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressly given or implied by Royal Bank of Canada or its affiliates.

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