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The Coronavirus: Cleaning Your Phone 😷🧼

In the last week, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the spread of novel coronavirus a global pandemic. The United States has also followed suit with the president declaring a national state of emergency. In the last two months, we have seen the transition of the virus travel outward from its origin in central China, across the world to the middle east and now to its current epicenter in mainland Europe. Until the risk of coronavirus in the US declines significantly, we urge everyone to be aware of updates from local, state and the federal government.

In the effort of minimizing the spread of the coronavirus, the best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Everyone should be fully aware of the risks involved in being at large public gatherings. This virus will not infect you if it sits on your skin, so resist the urge to touch your face and be aware of what your hands come in contact with.

Your phone in particular carries many germs and its a surface many of us rarely pay any mind to. There are many ways to clean your phone, some better than others and a few that should be avoided altogether. DON’T clean your phone with bleach or other harsh and abrasive chemicals. No need to spray your phone directly with Lysol or other disinfectant as that will likely damage your phone’s internal instruments. Don’t directly apply cleaning agent to the phone and avoid using paper towels as they can be abrasive. Needless to say, do not dip your phone into any sort of liquid, whether it’s advertised as waterproof or not, it isn’t a good idea. Instead, DO use a microfiber cloth or another soft cloth to apply the cleaning agent to and use the cloth to gently rub away oil, dirt and germs off of your phone’s exterior. You can use something containing 70% isopropyl alcohol or similar to properly disinfect your phone. Apple has recently lifted recommending against using Clorox Disinfecting Wipes on iPhones and said they won’t do damage. It should be noted that most phones (major Android vendors / iPhones) have a special coating. This oleophobic coating is meant to prevent smudges and finger prints from dirtying the screen. Using products like clorox wipes, abrasive paper towels and harsher chemical will likely accelerate the deterioration of this coating. Do this every couple days or as often as you deem necessary.

Wash Your Hands
Be sure to keep your hands clean and the surfaces they touch often, like your phone!

We will be offering screen and battery repairs in our shops throughout this difficult time, as we know many people will be self-quarantined, but please call ahead if you have questions about a particular repair. We will be happy to help as best we can, but supplies may be limited in quantity due to a large percentage of parts that are shipped from overseas. Please be safe in the coming weeks and months and keep being awesome!

The Fix Hut’s Teal Pumpkin for Trick of Treat Alberta Street!

We’re proud to have our phone and tablet repair shop, The Fix Hut, participate in the second year of Trick of Treat Alberta Street, organized by Alberta Main Street in NE Portland. We will still be open to repair broken iPhone screens, broken glass on iPads, and other devices too while we hand out non-food treats to cool kids in cute costumes. You may notice we’ve painted our pumpkin teal, and it’s not just because it’s our store’s color. It’s because we’re participating again in the Teal Pumpkin Project, creating safe places for kid’s with food allergies to trick or treat as well. Our non-candy treats this year include a fun variety of halloween goodness like tattoos, glow sticks, stickers, and vampire teeth! It’s so much, we hope you stop by to see us later this afternoon or follow along on our Instagram page for The Fix Hut or on Facebook to see all the action! And if you drop your phone in a puddle this Fall, keep in mind we repair water damage too! Happy Halloween, Portland!