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Keeping our device screens clean

Keeping our device screens clean

Keeping our device screens clean

In light of COVID-19, what does Corning advise to help keep the surfaces of our smartphone screens clean?

With the recent novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there has been concern about how long the virus can live on surfaces, specifically the surface on your smartphone display. Several health institutions, including the CDC, NIH and WHO, have suggested you follow the device manufacturer’s specific instructions for cleaning and disinfecting their particular products. Below highlights what has been published by two major device manufacturers:  

  • Apple has reported to “using a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, you may gently wipe the exterior surfaces on your iPhone. Don’t use bleach. Avoid getting moisture in any openings, and don’t submerge your iPhone in any cleaning agents.”
  • Samsung instructed to “use a disinfectant, such as a hypochlorous acid-based solution (containing 50-80ppm) or an alcohol-based solution (containing more than 70% ethanol or isopropyl alcohol). Do not apply these liquid solutions directly to your device, they should be carefully applied to a microfiber cloth instead … Avoid using cans of compressed air, as they may damage the surface of your device … Do not use spray bleach on your device.”

If no guidance is available from your manufacturer, NIH and CDC provided guidance to “use alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol. Dry surface thoroughly.”

However, each mobile device with Corning® Gorilla® Glass is designed differently. Manufacturers may apply a variety of additional coatings or treatments to their screen surfaces. Therefore, to prevent any potential damage to your screen from disinfectant materials, Corning suggests you contact your device manufacturer directly.