While there has been a touchscreen computer explosion with the influx of the 5th generation gadgets, a new issue has cropped up for many computer and tablet users -the curse of the greasy, smudged and fingerprint covered screen. Most of the time you can’t see all the dirt and grime caked onto the glass, as the marks do not show while the device is on. With laptops and tablets that have hard-wearing Corning glass it can be tempting to just wipe the screen with any old cloth, but really you should use the proper equipment. Regularly cleaning your cell phone, tablet, MP3 player’s touchscreen, or any other touch screen device is essential for its upkeep and longevity, so Jovago.com, Africa’s No. 1 online hotel booking portal has come up with tips to help you solve this problem
Use a Micro-fibre cloth. The first instinct when you screen is smudged is to reach for a bit of old tissue found at the bottom of a bag or use the end of your sleeve as they can scratch the touchscreen. The scratches will be small and build up over time, damaging and dulling the screen. Ensure you use a micro-fibre cloth. The Micro-fibre cloth is specially designed to clean sensitive surfaces. Some devices come with micr0-fibre cloth included in their pack or perhaps you can borrow the one you use on your sunglasses.
Do not use harsh chemicals to clean the screen. To get your screen looking extra shiny, you might be tempted to use some liquid solutions with chemicals, including anything with ammonia, or alcohol-based cleaners. If must use liquid, limit yourself to sprinkling a small amount of water on the cloth. If you insist on using a chemical solution, you can purchase recommended cleaning solutions, such as iKlenz, which is recommended by Apple, but these solutions are not necessary.
Turn off the device before Cleaning. Do not be lazy to shut down the device. It is advisable to put off the device before cleaning as It is usually much easier to see where to clean when the device is switched off.
Do not apply pressure while cleaning. Depending on how much dirt or prints you have on your screen, you might be tempted to add more pressure to get the mark off and have your screen looking good as new. No matter how difficult the dirt mark might be, do not press hard on the Screen as this might lead to a crack on the screen or deep scratches that would eventually lead to cracks. Also, pressure on the screen might affect the functionality of the touchscreen and decrease its sensitivity.
Consider using a screen guard. This could be the perfect solution. The screen guard or protective cover is usually a thin sheet of plastic that clings to the screen of your device when placed on it. The good thing about the screen guard is that it can be easily cleaned, and when it gets too old, it can be changed for a smoother, clearer one. The screen guard protects your screen and reduces the chance of permanent damage. The only disadvantage is that most time, when not properly placed, the screen can create bubbles.
Once you understand what to do and what not to do, you can safely clean a smartphone or tablet’s touchscreen in just a few seconds, removing the build-up of oil, dust, and other grime that can accumulate on these devices as we rub our fingers over them all day.