what to use to clean a mobile device?

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  1. kenny1999

    kenny1999 Notebook Evangelist

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    It's said that mobile device is full of bacteria from the surrounding. What is the best way to clean the surface of a mobile device? is wet tissue alone enough? Do I need to spray some alcohol and clean it? will that damage the ports or the device????
     
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    Water, if you have water resistance.
     
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    Water alone won't be able to get rid of grease from your fingers. Be careful about using alcohol though, because they can dissolve the oleophobic coating of your screen. I use a teensy bit of dishwashing detergent on a wet cloth before wiping it off with another wet cloth. Haven't had any issues.

    About the hygienic aspect, I wouldn't worry too much if your personal hygiene is good. If you have bad habits like using it in restrooms without washing your hands after touching your private parts, sure. Clean it often. If not, we're surrounded by microbes every day and most of them do us no harm, so it's nothing to obsess about. Heck, bacteria outnumber our cells 10:1 and make up 1-3% of our body mass. We need them to survive.
     
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    Shouldn't a simple cloth be enough for finger grease?
     
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    Maybe yours works better than mine, but I find it's way slower to use a microfiber cloth with just water if you want to get rid of all of it, and then I need to clean the cloth with soap for it to be clean and ready to use again anyway. A normal cloth you'd use on a kitchen countertop would get rid of some smudge mechanically, but not all of it. Maybe a steamer cloth/coffee towel would work well? Haven't tried. I know there are special types of microfiber products designed to take care of smudged up surfaces without the help of detergents, but then it's purely mechanical, so why not use something that will dissolve the grease (hydrophobic)?

    Actually, I'm interested to hear what others use now. I know there are specific screen cleaning products, but those seem like an unnecessary expense to me.
     
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    Uhmmm, wasn't talking about using cloth with water, just cloth alone for finger grease...
     
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    Do you see zero residue in bright light after wiping it with a dry cloth?
     
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    Yup.
     
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