Handphones, just like all electronics, must be kept dust free and clean if they are to function properly. If you live in Singapore and you own an iPhone, you will need to know the best way to clean the phone. Cleaning your phone at home is quite easy as long as you have the right materials for the job, and the technical know-how. It is not advisable to clean an iPhone the same way you would clean any other products. There are some materials you should use, some you should avoid and a process that needs to be followed if you are to avoid damaging your iPhone when you clean it. Learning how to clean your iPhone will not only keep it clean, but also ensure it has optimal performance.
To start with, you will need to collect some materials. Basically, you need to use a damp soft cleaning cloth. The cloth should be dampened by normal water. Avoid using any chemicals / detergents. Some of them may contain materials that are harmful to your iPhone 5 or any previous models. The best type of water to use is bottled water. This is attributed to the fact that this kind of water has minimal impurities. Once you have a dampened cloth, you can begin the cleaning process.
Start by unplugging headphones or USB cables connected to your phone. It should also be disconnected from your computer or laptop if you are to clean it safely. When it is connected to your computer, it may be risky to clean it as it will have some power passing through it. At the same time, the connecting cables will interfere with the cleaning process.
Switch off the iPhone before you start cleaning it. This is done by pressing the ‘sleep / wake’ button continuously. If you do not know the location of this button, consult the instructions manual that came with your iPhone. Normally, you have to unlock the device by dragging the red slider across the screen. This slider appears only when you have held down the ‘sleep / wake’ button for several seconds.
Next, get your dampened cloth. This should be completely free from dust and lint. The best cloth to use would be the cleaning cloth that comes with your iPhone. In case you have it, you should dampen it using water. Remember, dampening means that it should be damp and not wet. In case the cloth gets too wet, dry it by squeezing it and making sure it does not have any excess water. A good way to go about this would be placing it inside another cloth that is dust and lint free then squeezing it.
Cleaning should start on the touch screen of the iPhone. The screen should be wiped gently while making sure water does not get into port openings or the jack. If water gets into these areas, it may damage the device. Clean the buttons and the area surrounding them. Once you have finished cleaning, allow your iPhone to dry completely before you switch it on. It is advisable to let it sit while off for about ten minutes. This will allow any excess moisture to dry off.
Warnings and tips
Prints will be left on your phone if you have oil on your fingers. To reduce their occurrence, you should wipe your iPhone down on a regular basis. You should also consider purchasing an iPhone case as it will reduce the amount of dirt that your device comes into contact with.
In the event your iPhone does not switch on after you have cleaned and dried it, consult an authorized service provider. Singapore has several of these so it should not be a problem. Such a provider will be able to revive your iPhone or recommend someone who will.
Never clean your iPhone with aerosol or liquid cleaners that have ammonia, alcohol or other abrasive ingredients as one of their ingredients. Common window and household cleaners can harm the screen of your iPhone 5. Never immerse the iPhone in water, or use the same in wet environments such as bathrooms and swimming pools. Moisture can seriously damage the inner parts of the phone. In the event it gets wet, unplug it, turn it off and let the device dry on its own.