Keep Your Phone, Laptop and Car Germ-Free


Cell phones and other everyday objects could potentially carry the coronavirus. Washing your hands and disinfecting areas frequently touched are the best strategies for stopping the spread of germs.

For real estate pros, that also likely means paying careful attention to your laptop, car, and keys (particularly your clients’ keys). Soap and water are one of the most effective weapons in keeping germs and viruses at bay. We advise people not to share screens and devices, and to wipe down frequently used items with soap or antibacterial cleaners, especially if others have been in contact with them.

Below are some tips in keeping common objects and surfaces clean daily:

Smartphones:

Your smartphone should be disinfected two times per day. To effectively kill a virus or germs on your phone, use a disinfectant solution of at least 55% isopropyl alcohol. Apple and Google have both confirmed that it is OK to use wipes that contain 70% isopropyl alcohol and it will not damage the phone.

Laptops:

Similar to your smartphone, wipe your laptop down two times per day with an antibacterial alcohol wipe of at least 55% isopropyl alcohol. To clean the keyboard, lightly dampen a Q-Tip to get in between the keys.

Cars:

The main areas to focus on cleaning in a car include door handles, the steering wheel, the shifter, seat belt buckles, and radio controls. You should quickly wipe down these frequently touched surfaces every time you return to your car after being in public. You can do this easily with disinfectant wipes or even soap and water. Soap and water remain one of the most highly effective solutions to fight viruses and germs regardless if it has antibacterial properties or not.

Keys:

Car and house keys should be cleaned with soap and water (for non-electronic keys) or antibacterial wipes once per day. Keep your keys in your pocket or bag when out in public. Similar to washing your hands, wiping down the surface for at least 20 seconds allows the soap time to fully break down the virus or germs.

Realtor Magazine. (March 18, 2020). How to Keep Your Phone, Laptop and Car Germ-Free.

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