There is nowhere to run: the outbreak of Coronavirus arrived in Brazil, and, although widespread panic is the worst possible response to this type of disaster, it is always good to take the precautions recommended by Organs competent bodies. In the case of the infamous COVID-19, the tonic is always the same: avoid contact with infected people and keep hygiene always up to date, avoiding touching your face without first washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
An important factor in all of this, however, is remembering our gadgets. Now, our notebooks, tablets and (especially) smartphones are infested with impurities at all times, so that, if not periodically cleaned in the right way, they can bring risks that we are not even aware of. On the other hand, cleaning your equipment improperly can cause problems in the short or long term, which is something we don’t want either. What to do, then?
Well, in the case of Apple products, it’s simple – the company even provides complete cleaning guides for its products. gadgets. Below, we will give a general overview on this subject.
iPhone and iPad
The recommendations vary slightly from product to product, but some general instructions should be followed: first, disconnect all cables and turn off your device. Then, use a soft, moist, lint-free cloth, such as microfiber cloths – eyeglass rags, for example, are great for this. Slide the cloth over the entire surface of the appliance, being careful not to let any moisture in its openings (even on water resistant appliances).
It is worth noting that, with the Coronavirus outbreak, Apple updated its cleaning tips for iPhones and “released” the use of disinfectant cloths to sanitize the devices – before, the company did not recommend this type of product, citing conflicts with the oleophobic layer of smartphone screens, but it seems that the whole thing does not represent that much risk.
So if you want to make your iPhone even cleaner, you can use a disinfectant wipe (like those soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol). Do not use screen cleaners directly on the surface of the device or any product containing chlorine.
Mac, keyboard, mouse and trackpad
To clean the Mac’s body (whether it’s a desktop or laptop), the instructions are similar to those above: unplug the device from the power outlet and turn it off completely. Then, slide a soft, lint-free cloth slightly moistened over the entire surface (inside and outside) of the computer, including the screen. Do not use screen cleaner spray directly on the panels, and do not allow moisture to enter the machine openings.
In the case of the most handled elements (keyboard, trackpad and mouse, internal or external), the cleaning can be a little more thorough. Apple recommends Clorox or Lysol disinfectant wipes – two brands that do not exist here, but that can also be replaced by any type of disinfectant wipe soaked with 70% isopropyl alcohol. After the damp cloth / handkerchief, dry the area with another dry cloth – do not let the disinfectant liquid stay in contact with the machines or accessories for a long time.
It is worth noting that, in the case of keyboards, you should not apply too much pressure on the keys to clean, as this can damage the components. It is also good to avoid very damp cloths (if this is the case, wring them out before carrying out the process), and don’t even think about using wipes with bleach or chlorine.
To clean the watch case, same scheme: switch off, remove the bracelet and use a cloth moistened with clean water; it is also possible to place the Watch on a tap with warm water for 10 to 15 seconds. Then it is necessary to dry it completely with a dry, non-abrasive cloth.
To sanitize your Apple Watch straps, simply wipe them with a slightly damp cloth and dry them immediately. Bracelets that are not leather can be washed in warm running water.
No mystery here: for both the headphones and their case, use soft, lint-free, slightly damp cloths, drying them immediately afterwards; for microphone and speaker meshes, you can use a dry cotton swab. Remember to never use sharp objects or abrasive materials in the process.
In the case of the earphone case, specifically, Apple “releases” the use of disinfectant wipes, soaked in 70% isopropyl alcohol, for deeper hygiene.
Even in the case of AirPods Pro, which are water resistant, do not wash the headphones under running water. What can be washed under running water are the silicone tips of the AirPods Pro – just don’t use soap and make sure to dry them completely before fitting them back into the headphones.