Clean Phone Hero

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to become more aware than ever about cleanliness, hygiene and what we're touching. Although we all now wash our hands regularly, upon arriving at the office or back home, there's one surface that most of us are still ignoring: our phones. These devices are in regular contact with our hands and faces and can be hotbeds for bacteria. We've looked into just how much bacteria can be found on our phones and, most importantly, produced a step-by-step guide on how to clean and disinfect them.

How much bacteria is on your phone?

Left unsanitized, a desk phone can become a serious health risk, harboring germs and providing a breeding ground for hazardous microorganisms and disease.

Studies have found that 60% of illness absences from work are caused by unsanitized office equipment harboring harmful E. coli or staphylococcus bacteria, meaning there is a business—as well as a health—cost associated with not maintaining a clean workstation. The same studies also tested desk phones for dangerous pathogens, finding over 25,000 germs per square inch on the devices that most of us use at work multiple times a day.

This is hardly surprising. With all the surfaces we touch throughout the day at work, home, and on our commute between the two, it's no wonder our office equipment is a hotbed for bacteria.

However, despite all this, very few of us regularly clean our phones. While some office environments provide cleaning services on a daily or weekly basis, it's up to all of us individually to make sure we're doing everything possible to prevent the transmission of harmful bacteria. We all need to take more time to regularly clean our phones and here's how.

How to clean your phone

There are multiple options when it comes to cleaning your device, so here are a few of the top methods for disinfecting your desk or smartphone, as well as some other pointers to consider:

1. Use alcohol wipes

The quickest and simplest option when it comes to sanitizing your phone is to use 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes. These alcohol wipes are available online, in supermarkets or from phone and computer stores. Also known as rubbing alcohol, isopropyl alcohol acts as an effective antiseptic and disinfectant, and is regularly used in hand sanitizer. Using antibacterial phone wipes coated or soaked in this disinfectant is an easy and efficient way to clean your device. Turn off your phone, remove any cables, and give all the surfaces of your device a gentle but thorough wipe on a regular basis to remove germs.

2. Use alcohol spray and a cloth

As an alternative, you can also use antibacterial spray and a lint-free cloth. Either lightly spray your phone directly (don't soak it) and wipe it gently or spray the antibacterial solution onto the cloth before wiping your device.

3. Mix soap and water

For an even more readily accessible solution, a mixture of simple hand soap and water will effectively disinfect your phone. We would advise mixing hand soap with water and applying this solution lightly with a lint-free cloth. Although this approach doesn't remove as much bacteria as alcohol wipes, it still significantly reduces the amount of potentially harmful microorganisms on your phone.

4. Clean ports and speakers

Something we often negate when cleaning our phones are all those crevices and holes, whether it's the speakers on the handset or the various cable ports. It's important not to get water in these interior sections, as most phones are not designed to fully withstand this; instead, use a cotton swab or wooden toothpick to carefully remove any dust or dirt and the bacteria that comes along with it.

5. Avoid bleach, chemicals and abrasive wipes

Most manufacturers advise against the use of bleach, chemicals and abrasive wipes when cleaning your device. While these may be effective at killing bacteria, they can damage your phone's screen or casing.


How to ensure your phone stays germ-free

Now you know how to clean your desk phone, what can you do to ensure it remains germ-free? Setting reminders in your work calendar to regularly clean it is a great way to make sure you don't forget to sanitize these potential bacteria hotspots.

Another key to making sure your phone remains disinfected is to regularly wash your hands, especially between touching other surfaces and your device.

Antimicrobial phone solutions

Another solution is to invest in antimicrobial-treated IP desk phones, of which Mitel is a pioneer. Our new 6920t and 6930t editions of the Mitel 6900 IP Phones are treated with a silver-based antimicrobial compound from BioCote® that inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses by 99.9%. Rather than killing existing bacteria, this reduces its growing in the first place.

Perfect for use in healthcare, hospitality, sports, education, retail environments and beyond, the phone's antimicrobial treatment is permanent and protects against microbe growth for the duration of the product's lifetime. Other design features include removing crevices, smoothening the surface and minimizing mic holes to give microorganisms fewer places to gather and grow.

To find out more about our Mitel 6900 IP Series phones and how they can help provide a sanitized environment, browse our range today, or watch the video below:








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