Not all cleaning products are recommended for cleaning the screens of our mobile phones, not even paper. The reality is that many products can cause damage to the screen of a smartphone or tablet, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. If you want to keep your smartphone clean, it’s best to avoid some practices that may be common.

Cleaning the screen with the t-shirt we are wearing, with toilet paper or with the towel we use in the kitchen (yes, I have seen cases), is something we have all done at some point, perhaps more times than we would like to acknowledge. But if we want to maintain good hygiene on our mobiles to have a better experience when touching and using it, it is better not to use certain products.

What you should NOT use to clean your mobile screen

Modern smartphone screens are usually protected by materials to prevent breakage in falls (at least up to a certain height and in some cases) and to prevent scratches, such as the well-known Gorilla Glas. But as YouTuber JerryRigEverything has proven countless times, even when they’re protected, they’re not immune to scratches.

Let’s start with the recommendation that may seem more obvious, but it is still important to mention it: if your mobile phone has something stuck to the screen that has hardened (perhaps remains of some food or simply dirt), it is never advisable to use sharp objects, much less metallic ones. Please don’t remove that piece of hardened grime with a pen or something similar. Instead, use water to soften it and remove the dirt with a cloth suitable for this type of device.

Not all fabrics or towels can be used to clean a smartphone screen. The most common fabrics in clothing can be too abrasive, both the fabric itself and especially the dust particles that can be present in the fabric of a T-shirt, for example. These particles can cause marks or scratches on screens and camera lens coverage.

It is also not recommended to use paper towels or toilet paper to clean mobile screens. This type of paper may look soft, but it actually has a hardness to its surface that can be detrimental to screens, especially paper towels.

Finally, it is never advisable to use liquid cleaning products such as window cleaners, polishes, acetone or solvents, or any type of chemical because they are too abrasive. And it is preferable to avoid the use of alcohol that is commonly sold in the pharmacy.

Some tips and recommendations to clean your mobile screen

So, what kind of products can be used to clean the mobile screen? What are the best practices for a clean smartphone without risking screen damage?

Here are some recommendations:

  • It is preferable to turn off the mobile phone before cleaning it.
  • Use a microfiber cloth. Any one will do, even the one included in glasses. But remember, this cloth gets dirty as you use it to clean your phone, so it is recommended that you clean or replace it from time to time.
  • In cases of increased soiling, it is advisable to use a liquid with at least 90% isopropyl alcohol, and apply it to the cloth, not directly on the surface. This type of alcohol is recommended as it evaporates quickly and leaves no residue.


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