How to Clean Electronic Devices the Right Way

iPad / iPad

We all love our touchscreen devices. It’s just so cool to be able to put your fingers on a screen and make things happen. The only problem is that those fingers aren’t always clean, especially those of little ones. Before too long, you may find yourself squinting just to see the text on your iPad, iPod, iPhone, tablet or smartphone. The good news is that cleaning electronic devices and keeping them clean isn’t too difficult. Just follow these tips and you’ll have your device looking squeaky clean.

A Little Education on the Screen

What you may not know (or for you tech savvy people, you probably do  know) is that iPad screens and other electronic devices have a coating on it called oleophobic. If you break up this word into two chunks “oleo” and “phobic” you will see that oleo refers to oil and then the phobic refers to fear or staying away from it. This basically means that the coating repels oil, and yes, that includes the oil on your fingertips.

Unfortunately, over time and use, electronic devices lose this coating. It makes sense since your fingertips are basically rubbing it every time you use it. The best way to keep this coating intact is to clean the screen properly.

Step #1: Disconnect the device from the outlet if you’re charging it. It’s a good idea not to have it plugged into your computer either, if you’re syncing.

Step #2: Never use abrasive sponges or anti-bacterial wipes on your screen. Actually, you’re not supposed to use paper towels either. Oops – if you’re like most people, you’ve probably already done this, and well, you probably see scratches on your screen.

Step #3: You should only use a soft cloth that is lint free to wipe the screen. Most of the time, this is all you need to remove the nastiness on your screen. However, for those extra sticky screen, just put a dab of water on the cloth and wipe the screen.

Step #4: NEVER pour water on the screen or use more than you really need because it could cause water damage. Then you’ll have to call us to fix it, which we don’t mind at all. It’s just that we know you want to avoid that from happening.

Step #5: Avoid putting your electronic devices in bags such as totes, backpacks, and purses. That’s where most damage occurs.

If anything does happen to your electronic device, you know we’re here for you. We’ll replace the screen if it gets scratched, shattered or cracked. We’ll fix water damage. We’ll do whatever it takes to get your electronic device in good working order again.

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