We’re all worried about COVID-19 and what it can do to you. While York County has not been as hard hit as some other areas it is here and it is not going away. As long as COVID-19 is present our lives have and will remain nowhere near what we used to consider normal. It has been hard on all of us since people want to go to work and there could be serious consequences if the economy remains closed for much longer. 

Are You Cleaning Your Devices?

There are of course many things that you can do to avoid contracting COVID-19 and chief among them is staying home and maintaining social distancing. Keeping things clean as well is important and that can be more than just your hands. Are you cleaning your tech devices regularly?

You use your tech devices on a daily basis do you not? Sure there might be a device that you might not use everyday but chances are between your smartphone or your wearable tech or your video game consoles you are spending a lot of time with them. Probably a lot more than you usually do since you are spending more time at home and the only other option is to twiddle your thumbs or read a book.

Your devices can be a breeding ground for all sorts of germs at all times of the year but with a global pandemic in the air the public has become much more conscious of this fact. This has led to many people beginning to spend more time cleaning their homes and they are now cleaning their tech devices. So, what can you do? 

Well, Martha Stewart has provided some answers and we’re passing them on. As a disclaimer please consult your device’s manual for cleaning procedures and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when in doubt.

Your Smartphone

Your smartphone is attached to your hip at almost every waking hour of the day. It is also a magnet for germs. Did you know that your smartphone can have more germs on it than your toilet seat? Let that sink in for a moment. Your smartphone is also a magnet for dirt and dust which can over time cause issues with the device so cleaning your smartphone regularly is a good idea even when a pandemic is not going on.

For best results using a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe to gently clean hard and non-porous surfaces is the best bet. Do not use aerosol sprays, bleaches or adhesives and traditional solutions like alcohol and vinegar can strip away the coating and cause damage. The last thing that you want to do is to ruin your new iPhone by using the wrong cleaner.

Your Headphones

Your headphones may not be quite as dirty as your smartphone but they can be. They can go right into your ear canal after all. Stick your finger in there and see what comes out. Yeah, you’re certainly not going to eat that.

To clean your headphones a microfiber cloth and water works best to get rid of any buildup. Soap and water works best for any removable tips before wiping them down with a damp microfiber cloth. A soft bristled brush can be used for any hard to reach areas but more sensitive electronics like Bluetooth headsets should be cleaned with a dry cloth to avoid damaging the electronics.

Your Wearable Tech

In many cases wearable tech can be cleaned in much of the same manner as headphones, that is using a damp microfiber cloth or a soft bristled brush. But, these also have another component and that is the band that is used to keep them on your person. 

These bands absorb sweat and should be cleaned frequently, even when a global pandemic is not occurring. Nylon bands can be cleaned with a little bit of dish detergent and silicone bands can be cleaned with some rubbing alcohol. Metal bands should be cleaned with a dry, lint-free cloth. Last leather bands should be cleaned with a damp microfiber cloth and some leather conditioner afterwards.

Your Computer

Have you been spending more time on your laptop than normal? Maybe, maybe not. It can get dirty though just by sitting around. Loose dirt can find its way inside and cause damage over time. Simply shaking it gently can help to remove some of that. Compressed air or a cotton swab can also work to remove dirt from a surface like your keyboard or hard to reach areas. A damp microfiber cloth should be used to clean the screen or if you have a touchscreen water and eyeglass cleaner should be used. Spray the solution onto the cloth first though, don’t spray it directly onto the screen.

Your case can also attract a lot of dirt, debris and germs. Warm water and a few drops of dish soap can be used to clean the plastic or metal surfaces. Rinse afterwards with a clean towel and then dry it to remove any remaining moisture. A damp cloth or cotton swabs can be used to clean your mouse. 

Video Game Systems

There is a good chance that you are passing the time playing video games. There is nothing wrong with that as long as you are getting your work done if you have any. Dirt is the biggest enemy of video game controllers and that includes dust and crumbs from the snacks you are eating. If left unchecked the buildup can cause performance issues like with buttons getting stuck or consoles overheating. 

Regularly dust your consoles to get rid of the dirt around them. A Swiffer works well to do this and should be used about once a week at minimum. Covering the console up when it is not in use can also be an option and dust covers are available for major consoles but a towel can work as well. You will want to shut the power off though as a towel can cause a console on sleep mode to overheat.

A cleaning spray or even a small dab of bleach can be used to make your console shine by using a dry lint-free cloth. That same cloth can be used to clean your games. Just remember to wipe gently from the center outward. Anti-bacterial wipes can be used on your controllers along with a cotton swab or Q-tip with 50% isopropyl alcohol on buttons or charging ports and cables or cartridges.  

You might not be overly concerned about COVID-19 and that’s up to you. If you are concerned about it, by keeping your home and the devices inside your home more sanitary you lessen the chances of contracting it or passing it on to other people. You should clean your devices, especially if you share them with other people. It is a small thing that you can do, and it is something that everyone can do, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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