6 ways to safely clean a tablet and smartphone

Our smartphone is what we use the most throughout the day. Thus, it is easily the most prone to invisible dirt and germs, even when we wash our hands often. The same goes for another most-used device, such as a tablet.

Since we interact with such devices with our hands, accumulated dirt and bacteria can wreak long-term havoc. Every time we use a smartphone to make a call, it can touch our skin and cause or aggravate skin problems, like acne. In addition, it can also serve as a means of transferring infections or other airborne diseases.

That’s why it’s important to regularly schedule and clean our most used but most neglected device. However, there are some things to pay attention to when cleaning our devices as they are delicate and require proper care.

Do not clean tablets and smartphones

Before we get to cleaning your device the right way, let’s go over what you should avoid during the cleaning process.

  • Do not pour water on your device.
  • Do not use sharp objects that could break some components of your phone.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals such as ammonia, alcohol-based products or Windex.
  • Do not use rough clothes that could scratch the surface of your touch screen.
  • Do not apply too much pressure to your device.
  • Do not use hot tools, such as a hair dryer.
  • Do not use hand sanitizer or liquid soap.

How to clean a tablet and a smartphone safely?

There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing your device for cleaning. First, turn off your phone/tablet completely to protect it from potential water damage. Also make sure it is not connected to another device with a USB cable. Once you have checked these factors, here are the steps to properly clean your tablet or smartphone.

Remove phone case and screen protector

To completely clean all areas of your tablet or smartphone, you must first remove the case from your phone. Some cases are bulky and may have dirt particles in the openings. Similarly, also remove the screen protector if you have one.

More than phone cases, screen protectors can collect dust in the corners of your phone along with the camera and proximity sensor. After removing them, you can move on to the other steps.

Use a microfiber cloth


Take your microfiber cloth then gently wipe the excess dirt horizontally then vertically. Slowly sweep the dirt in the same direction you prefer. But make sure you clean away from connectivity points like the charging port or the speaker. This is because there is a chance that we accidentally bring more dirt into these areas.

You can dampen the microfiber cloth if there are more dirt or grease particles, such as sticky glue residue, on the back. But, use as little water as possible. You can also use a cotton swab to clean the corners. In addition, you can also use other products, such as a screen cleaning spray. But, it is not mandatory.

Use disinfectant wipes

Isopropylic alcohol

Another item you can use to clean your device is disinfectant wipes. These tools are great for keeping most bacteria away. But make sure your disinfectant wipes contain 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Start by using a small portion of the wipe and working around the device. Avoid areas such as the charging port, speaker, or mic.

Use a tape

If there are solid dirt particles, such as sand, it is better to use tape instead of a rag. This is because the cloth will drag dirt onto the screen and can completely scratch it or cause micro-tears. Thus, an adhesive tape will gently pick up the dirt without any risk of scratching your device.

Lay your device flat and pull out the desired amount of tape. Simply apply it to the parts where there is dirt or lint. Then gently pull the ribbon.

Air dry your device

After cleaning the device, be sure to let your phone or tablet air dry if there is still some moisture left. Make sure you don’t use any external devices like the hair dryer or let it dry in the sun. This is because it will cause heat buildup in your device and cause further damage.

Disinfect your tablet/smartphone


Finally, a real treat for your phone is to completely sanitize it. Although you can use other cleaning products, there is always some residual dirt or germs. To be completely assured of the hygiene of your device, you can use an external tool that will disinfect your device.

Nowadays, you can get a phone sanitizer machine to clean your phone. Such a machine uses UV-C light which kills germs and bacteria and is safe for your device. However, it is also optional.