Apple has issued a new cleaning guidance in response to coronavirus, giving people the green light to wipe their Apple products with disinfectant wipes.
Smartphones have proven to be a notorious habour for germs that could transmit the novel coronavirus from person to person. Thus, Apple have provided information on how users can clean their smartphones.
Apple posted the new guidance on its support page saying people can “gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces,” like displays or keyboards, of Apple products with a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.
The guidance reads:
“Using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the hard, nonporous surfaces of your Apple product, such as the display, keyboard, or other exterior surfaces. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any opening, and don’t submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents. Don’t use on fabric or leather surfaces.”
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The tech giants, however, warns that while they wipe, they shouldn’t let moisture enter through the various openings in their devices as it could cause internal damage. Apple also warns against using bleach in cleaning their devices.
Clorox and other anti-bacterial have proven to eliminate up to 99.9% of germs, however, it is still unclear if they are potent on hard surfaces.
Bleach could str*p Apple devices of its oil repellant coating
Previously, Apple had always cautioned people not to use disinfectants in cleaning their gadgets. The company has always recommended a soft, slightly damp microfiber cloth with a little soap and water for extreme cases.
It claims harsh cleaning chemicals can str*p the devices of its oil repellant coating, especially with the iPhone and iPad. The coating reduces fingerprints on the gadgets display.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends alcohol wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol in cleaning hard surfaces like keyboards and touchscreens to minimize the risk of spreading infections.
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