If you’re anything like the rest of us, your faithful smartphone is constantly covered in smudges, fingerprints, and quite possibly last night’s nacho residue. No worries! It happens to the very best of us. This guide will show you the proper way to renew any of our top of the line rent to own smartphones to its former glorious self not only quickly, but easily and safely.
Step 1 – This is of the utmost importance; turn your smartphone off. Completely. This does not mean sleep mode or airplane mode, but off. Your smartphone is far less likely to be damaged if there’s less electricity flowing through your device.
Step 2 - Wipe down your smartphone’s screen. You’re going to want to use a small microfiber cloth, much like the kind you would get with camera lenses or eyeglasses. Microfiber cloths are very soft and easy on your screen and unlike normal cloths, they will pick up the oil and dirt on your devices instead of just smearing them around and making it worse. A lot of people like to use tissue or paper towels, but these aren’t a good idea due to their coarse fibers. When using your microfiber cloth to clean your smartphone’s screen, be sure to clean from top to bottom or side to side. This is one of the few times when you don’t want to use a circular motion as it will create streaks on your devices screen.
Step 3 - Remove any tough marks that are left behind after wiping down your screen. You can do this by using a little bit of distilled water on your cleaning cloth and rubbing the area. Just be sure not to use too much, you don’t want any rogue water slipping into your speakers or ports. Never use rough cleaning solutions or other harsh solvents that you find around your home like floor or window cleaner, these aren’t meant for your electronics and can end up damaging your screen and device.
Step 4 - Clean the rest of your smartphone. Thankfully the metal and plastic part of your phone is much stronger than your screen and is far less likely than glass to be damaged. Do you still have that microfiber cloth? Great, because it’s going to come in handy yet again. Even though the back of your phone isn’t covered in glass, microfiber cloths still work great to remove debris and moisture from your smartphone. Like with the screen, if there are any stubborn marks, you can use a small amount of distilled water to remove them.
Step 5 - Get in the nooks and crannies of your smartphone. For this step a cotton swab is my go-to weapon along with a little distilled water. In order to get the gunk out of the crevices in the body, use either a dry cotton swab or one that’s been dipped in distilled water. Like before, don’t use too much water and be sure to wring any extra moisture out to prevent drips.
Step 6 – Now onto your smartphone’s ports. Usually removing the dirt and grime from your device is simple and superficial but sometimes it can actually affect its performance. Because of this, we recommend cleaning out your devices ports every so often in order to keep your charging port or headphone jacks don’t suffer the consequences. For this step, I always rely on my trusty can of compressed air, or “canned air”. A couple good sprays usually forces any debris or dust out of your smartphone’s ports, just be sure to keep the can held upright in order to eliminate the chances of vapor or droplets escaping into your device.
Once you’re all finished and satisfied with your handy work, make sure that your phone is completely dry and then you can go ahead and power it back on it and enjoy the look and feel of your fresh and tidy smartphone once again.
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