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How to Effectively and Properly Disinfect your Frequently Touched Devices and Items

By Kathleen Massaro March 8, 2021

Finding new ways to eliminate interaction with infectious pathogens at home, in the workplace, or in any public setting is at the forefront of our minds. The world we are living in now is one that prioritizes finding an efficient and safe way to disinfect or sanitize our belongings. Whether that be our phones, headphones, chargers, keys, ID badges, and our other frequently used items; we are more cautious about where we visit and how it could affect our health and well-being.  

Disinfecting your electronic devices correctly can be a lengthy complicated process for individuals that want to do this the correct way. Disinfecting your devices after being out in public is essential in remaining healthy and safe. As we move throughout our day our devices and items collect many germs. To safely and effectively disinfect your devices is more than just a matter of using a sanitizing wipe and calling it a day. In order for most disinfection wipes and sprays to be used efficiently with “99.9% of killing viruses”, you would need to keep the cleaning solution or wipe on the surface of your devices for up to ten minutes to kill bacteria. This becomes an issue when disinfecting electronic devices over time because they are not designed to be in contact with constant moisture and it makes them susceptible to damage. 

Standard Disinfection Practices That May Risk Damage to Devices 
Liquid disinfectants are not sufficient for cleaning electronic devices for multiple reasons. One reason is that it can cause liquid damage to your device over time which could ruin your screen, microphone, charging port, or speakers. Another reason is that liquid disinfectant wipes and sprays need to be on the surface you are disinfecting for an extended amount of time to kill bacteria. This can take up to ten minutes that you would need to wait until using your items again. That is not an efficient method when you are on the go or need to use your devices immediately. Regular name-brand disinfection wipes and sprays were designed to disinfect doorknobs, handles, equipment, and counters. Using soap and water on a towel to clean devices often runs a high risk of damaging your screen and the interior of your devices. You also run the risk of damaging your speakers, screens, and buttons on your devices while consistently disinfecting with such supplies.  

Frequently touched devices are breeding grounds for all different types of bacteria. Electronics radiate heat which is an ideal spot for germs to latch onto. Think about the number of surfaces you place and take your cellphone, headphones, laptop, or tablet. Lots of public places and lots of different surfaces, right? That’s why it is important to wipe these devices clean of bacteria that is living on them so that it doesn’t cause illness for you or anyone else.  

The Federal Communications Commission’s website states a few different techniques and rules to follow to eliminate the risk of damaging your devices:  

  • Unplug the device before cleaning. 
  • Use a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with soap and water. 
  • Don’t spray cleaners directly onto the device. 
  • Avoid aerosol sprays and cleaning solutions that contain bleach or abrasives. 
  • Keep liquids and moisture away from any openings on the device. 

Following these guidelines is a preventative process when you are on the go, at work, or busy in your daily routine. In today’s times having a solution for disinfecting your devices and frequently touched items gives people a piece of mind to not contracting viruses while actually eliminating infectious pathogens from being spread to yourself or others. A quick, easy, liquid free, highly effective solution to this struggle is UV-C.  

The Power of UV-C  
UV-C disinfection is a solution to the problems you face with standard disinfection practices these days. UV-C uses no liquid solutions or chemicals just ultraviolet light. UV-C kills bacteria with ultraviolet light and wavelengths between 200-280 nanometers. These ultraviolet light wavelengths kill bacteria and infectious pathogens on surfaces quickly. UV-C has become extremely popular for disinfecting items, especially this past year. There are ways to disinfect your personal devices with UV-C but also within your business or workplace. There are plenty of electronics and other items that are frequently touched within every type of business. Having access to a UV-C unit to disinfect your work or personal devices in seconds would help the productivity and wellbeing of employees.  

iCleanse UV-C Swift Units  
A long-term investment that would protect yourself and employees from the spread of infectious pathogens is UV-C units that could be placed within a plethora of business industries such as any of the  iCleanse  Swift products. Our  iCleanse  Swift units kill 99.9% of infectious pathogens on a variety of items and devices in as little as 15 seconds. This way when you or your employees feel the need to disinfect their frequently touched belongings, they can do so in less than 30 seconds and remain productive within the workplace while eliminating the spread of pathogens on items.   

iCleanse products are units that almost resemble a toaster oven. They have smooth pull-out drawers to put your devices or objects into and they will be disinfected in as little as 30 seconds with ultraviolet light.  iCleanse  UV-C units should be placed in public or private locations to prevent the spread of germs. The units use UV-C light to kill 99.9% of pathogens including influenza and COVID-19*. Items that we frequently use such as our cell phones, headphones, tablets, wallets, badges, and keys should  all  continue to be  disinfected  in a quick and safe way.  

*COVID-19 Surrogate OC43 

Resources: 
https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/how-sanitize-your-phone-and-other-devices 
https://icleanse.com/knowledge-center/providing-safe-and-efficient-disinfection-with-icleanse-uv-c-technology/