Last week, to avoid Coronavirus spread, experts advised to disinfect smartphones every day . Apple immediately ran for cover and updated the page to let iPhone, iPad and Mac owners know how to clean devices.

The choice, is dictated by the fact that “Apple products are made with a variety of materials and each of these has specific cleaning requirements “.

The general guidelines are as follows :

  • We recommend using only a soft, lint-free cloth;
  • Avoid abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels or the like;
  • Avoid excessive cleaning, which could cause further damage;
  • Disconnect external power sources, devices and cables;
  • Keep liquids away from products, unless otherwise indicated for resistant products;
  • Do not allow moisture to penetrate the holes;
  • Do not use sprays, bleaches or abrasives;
  • Do not spray cleaners directly on the devices.

It is also recommended to use a disinfectant wipe with 70% isopropyl alcohol or Clorox disinfected wipes. ” It is possible to gently clean the hard and non-porous surfaces of Apple products, such as displays, keyboards or other external surfaces ” reads the note, which however does not recommend the use of bleach and also the immersion of the products in containers containing detergents .

Previously Apple had advised against using products other than water as some substances could ruin the oleophobic coating that is used on the touchscreen.