How To Clean iPhone Cases

02 Nov 2021
How To Clean iPhone Cases

Your iPhone case protects your phone against bumps and scratches and is an expression of your personality. But do you realize how important it is to regularly clean your phone case?

It comes into contact with various surfaces throughout your daily routine, in your workplace, at home, and anywhere else you may go. All this activity not only exposes your iPhone to unsightly dirt and grime but also harmful bacteria which can negatively impact your health.

Keep your iPhone case clean and germ-free,  and looking good as new, by following the simple instructions in our guide below.

Our Guide To Cleaning iPhone Cases

Instead of just throwing away your iPhone case that's become dirty and grimy or has a yellowish tinge, think about it: how much do iPhone cases cost? They can be expensive, so make your investment worthwhile by regularly cleaning your iPhone case, and it will last far longer.

How many iPhone cases do you need? If you need or want more than one, go for it. But if you only have one, clean it regularly and it will always look new and beautiful. Remove surface dust by wiping the case all over with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth and follow the instructions below. 

Cleaning Hard Plastic, Rubber, And Silicone iPhone Cases

What type of phone case is best? They all have their pros and cons, and some are easier to clean than others. The most common materials used in the manufacture of phone cases are plastic, rubber, silicone, and TPU. These are the most affordable and are also the easiest to clean.

Burga’s iPhone cases are made of hard polycarbonate plastic, and our dual-layered tough range includes an inner layer of soft thermoplastic polyurethane. Because of this, we fall into this category as well.

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If your iPhone case is made of any of the above-mentioned materials, use the cleaning method described below. It is also effective at removing the mild yellowish tinge that clear cases are so prone to.

Firstly, be sure that you know how to remove an iPhone case without breaking it. After carefully removing your iPhone from the case, dip the case into a container filled with mild, lukewarm soapy water, and let it sit for a few minutes so that loose dirt particles can be washed away. 

Then turn it upside down so that both sides of the case have been exposed to the soapy water, and remove any dirt ingrained in the corners with an old soft toothbrush. Rinse the case with cool, clean water and allow it to air dry for a few hours to ensure that no moisture remains.

Cleaning Eco-Friendly Wooden or Leather iPhone Cases

With the current eco-friendly iPhone case trend came a resurgence in the popularity of alternative case materials such as wood and leather. These cases require more gentle handling and different cleaning methods.


A wooden iPhone case does not fare well in wet conditions, so don’t get it too wet. All you need to clean a wooden phone case is a soft, clean microfiber cloth. Gently rub the cloth in a circular motion. But, if the case is very dirty, dampen the cloth a little and repeat the process.


A genuine leather iPhone case is stylish, incredibly durable, and will last for years if you take proper care of it. Different cleaning methods are required for genuine leather and vegan (faux) leather.

Genuine Leather

Genuine leather is a natural material, derived from the skin of animals. With regular use, it can develop a patina or change color slightly, because of the oils in your skin or the effect of direct sunlight. Many people believe this enhances its natural beauty. 

We don’t recommend using water and soap for cleaning genuine leather. Leather cleaning products and conditioning creams are specially designed for this purpose and will keep the leather supple and beautiful. 

Keep your genuine leather iPhone case away from prolonged intense sunlight, heat, and humidity. Exposure to water, oil, perfume, and makeup will stain tanned leathers. Take note that cleaning leather may also affect its color. 

Vegan (Imitation) Leather 

This is actually not leather at all. It is a synthetic product that has been made to look like leather. However, like genuine leather, it should never be saturated with water. Damage may occur if it is wet for too long. 

Dip a clean, soft cloth in mild soapy water and squeeze off the excess water, so that it is only slightly damp. Gently wipe the case with the damp cloth to remove dirt and grime, then wipe off with another clean, dry, soft cloth. 

Important Tips For Cleaning iPhone Cases

  • Always remove your iPhone from its protective case before attempting to clean the case, and ensure that the case is completely dry before returning your iPhone to the case.
  • Never use strong household detergents, ammonia-based cleaning agents, abrasives, solvents, or bleach to clean your iPhone case no matter what material it is made of. These products are likely to cause damage to your case.
  • Do not attempt to scratch sticky dirt patches off your iPhone case, this will cause damage.
  • In an emergency, moistened baby wipes may also be used to clean most types of iPhone cases.
  • Don’t be tempted to use artificial heat to dry the case, and avoid leaving it in direct sunlight, as this may damage the case. Always allow your iPhone case to dry naturally in the open air, after cleaning. 
  • Only once it is thoroughly dry, you can return your iPhone to its freshly cleaned case.
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You always try to look your best before leaving home. You want your iPhone case to make a good impression too. If you want to keep your iPhone case looking good for as long as possible, cleaning it is critical. A clean iPhone case will also keep you healthier due to the removal of germs and bacteria.

If you don't know what to do with old iPhone cases that are broken or don't fit your current phone, repurpose them or recycle them if possible. If they are still usable, but very dirty, don't throw them away. Most iPhone cases, once cleaned, will look fresh and new again.

How To Clean iPhone Cases FAQ

Will keeping my iPhone and iPhone case clean, help my phone to work better?

Can iPhone cases interfere with signal? Yes, certain materials can interfere with mobile phone signals. But were you aware that ordinary household dust can interfere with the electronic signals in a device?

Keep your iPhone dust-free with a protective case, and clean the case regularly as well. For the same reason, it is important to keep iPhone cases that work with wireless charging clean and dust-free, to avoid interference when charging your device.

Is a microfiber cloth the best cloth to use for cleaning an iPhone case?

Slightly moistened microfiber cloths are ideal for cleaning iPhone cases because they are soft, washable, and reusable. They are very effective at removing sticky dirt, yet gentle enough not to scratch your iPhone case.

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