TECH BYTE: How to Safely Disinfect Your Devices

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — We’ve been doing a lot more cleaning because of the pandemic, and it’s important to not forget to disinfect your phone too!

There’s no excuse to not be cleaning your devices.

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“Everything that you touch, you then go back and you grab your phone, so phones are one of the dirtiest pieces of technology that we own,” said Nathan Roach, Best Buy.

It’s easy to forget how dirty your phone or other touchscreen devices can get.

There are different kinds of wipes and sprays you can get to sanitize your screen. There’s now even tech to clean your tech!

“There’s actually UV sanitizers – everything from small cases that will fit just your phone, to bigger sanitizers that can fit up to a laptop, multiple devices,” Roach said. “Those are great ways after you get done with a busy day, you’ve been around a lot of people, maybe you’ve been at work, you can come in and get your products sanitized, and have peace of mind, and know that they are truly germ free.”

No extra cleaning is needed. You just have to remember to use it.

Some UV sanitizers can even charge your phone at the same time.

“They have USB ports on them,” he said. “You have some with batteries. You have some that are plugged into the wall. But the awesome thing is, you can literally just plug your phone up while it’s in there, clean it. You’ll still be able to hear it if it’s ringing or anything like that. It really makes it just super convenient.”

As for cleaning wipes, Roach says you want to make sure they’re alcohol based.

“You want to stay away from an ammonia-based product,” he said. “There’s a lot of products like we sell here at Best Buy that are screen cleaners, that come with a cloth, and actual screen cleaner in there.”

Roach says a soft microfiber cloth will get the job done. You can use a little water on it, as well.

Just be careful around certain parts of the device.

“Anytime that you are using a liquid or a spray, or a wipe that has fluid on it, you want to make sure that you don’t get that liquid down into the microphone ports, the speaker ports, because those are open ways for it to get to the actual board in the phone, and you want to make sure that you keep it safe, and don’t ruin your phone.”

Don’t forget about your desktop computers and laptops. Those can get just as dirty as your phone!

Roach recommends using canned air to clean out the dust and dirt inside the keyboard.

If you use a cleaning wipe, just go over the keys lightly.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now starting at 5:30. 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.’