How to Clean Your Telephone - dummies

By Gill Chilton

No one notices the phone unless it’s ringing, but that needs cleaning, too. Like kitchen kettles, it’s amazingly easy to avoid cleaning things you use all the time. You make a point of dusting ornaments and knick-knacks because that’s probably the time you inspect and enjoy them most.

Clean with a just-damp cloth only after you unplug the phone from the socket. You’ll feel more relaxed about rubbing each keypad in a circular motion if you know you’re not going to accidentally call out the fire service.

Never use a completely dry cloth to clean a cordless telephone as this can cause a static shock.

Cordless and mobile phones get the dirtiest of the lot. They are not waterproof and mustn’t get wet, but you can safely wipe them with a soft cloth dampened in a mild soap-and-water solution. Use a quality cotton bud (cotton swab) to shift dirt between keys. An on-the-move solution is glass wipes that state on the pack that they’re suitable for electronic equipment.

To clean retro circular-dial telephones, use the blunt end of a pencil wrapped inside your cleaning cloth to get into each number space.

Pay special attention to telephones when someone in the house is ill. Sneezing over people or not washing your hands often enough are both factors that spread germs, and using a shared telephone handset puts you into close contact with both.

When someone in your home has a cold or bug, it’s prudent – not paranoid – to treat telephones with an antibacterial cleaner. Spray the cleanser on a cloth then wipe it over both the receiver and keypad.