TECH BYTE: How to Clean Your Devices Without Damaging Them

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s not too late to get in the habit of cleaning your devices.

You often have your phone in your hands, or touching your face. Think about all of the bacteria on it. Yuck!

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You have plenty of options when it comes to cleaning your devices, but Best Buy’s Nathan Roach says all you really need is a basic microfiber cloth, and some water.

“You want to stay away from Windex, ammonia-based products and things like that,” Roach said. “You want to be very careful not to drench the screen, or completely soak it. Just a little bit of water on a microfiber cloth. You wipe it right down, get all the fingerprints off, and it’ll be like new.”

You can even buy antibacterial or disinfectant wipes for your phone, as well.

“It’s not necessarily going to make the phone cleaner from a screen standpoint, but it does make it cleaner from a germ standpoint, so that’s something to think about too,” Roach said. “Especially during the cold and flu season.”

These types of wipes also work well for cleaning your ear buds.

If you do use a Lysol or Clorox cleaning wipe on your phone or tablet, make sure the wipe doesn’t have bleach, and you have a case on it.

“Some phones, laptops, even TV screens, they basically put a UV film on some of the glass, and those Clorox wipes, other just harsher chemicals can actually take some of that film off, so it’s always just recommended to use just a basic microfiber cloth with water,” he said.

And don’t forget to take the case off every once in awhile to clean off the phone itself.

There are also small cleaning kits you can keep in your purse or your car to clean off your device – like a LensPen.

“It’s actually designed for camera lenses, but it’s something you can use very easily to clean your phone or tablet or computer screen.”

Best Buy also sells an LCD cleaning kit, which works for anything with a screen. The kit includes solution and a rag.

Roach also recommends taking care of your phone’s screen in the first place, by getting a screen protector.

And you can also get those duster spray air cans to clean off your keyboard, or hard to reach areas.

Roach says not to put the can upside down, because you can spray out the frozen liquid, which could then damage your device.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’