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HOW TO SAFELY
CLEAN YOUR PHONE

WASHABLE WATERPROOF CASES

Catalyst's waterproof cases offer an easy and quick solution to clean and disinfect your phone, in line with the CDC and EPA guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Unlike other solutions, this provides full 360 degree disinfection on all surfaces of your device with no risk of harming your device by getting liquids into the openings or damaging the ports or openings while allowing sufficient time for the disinfectant to work.

HOW TO PROCEED

Wash your Catalyst waterproof case with soap and water. Dry off using a lint-free cloth.

Disinfect using a solution, gel or wipe that contains 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Let it sit for at least 1 minute (follow the disinfectant's instructions).

Dry off the remaining solution with a lint-free cloth.

How does this solution guard against Coronavirus?

Your phone or personal device can carry and transmit the virus to your hands and face. Using a Catalyst Waterproof Case allows you to follow the CDC recommendation to wash and disinfect regularly touched surfaces to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Did you know that COVID-19 has been found to survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours, on plastic or steel for up to 72 hours and on facemasks for up to 7 days? In fact it was found on a cruise ship 17 days after passengers had left.

Wash & Disinfect Safely

You can disinfect your case using an alcohol solution with 70% alcohol such as, 70% ethyl alcohol or 70% isopropyl alcohol in accordance with the CDC and EPA guidelines.

Unlike other solutions, this provides full 360 degree hygiene on all surfaces of your device with no risk of harming your device by getting liquids into the openings or damaging the ports or openings while allowing sufficient time for the disinfectant to work.

Washable, Waterproof Cases

Waterproof iPhone Cases

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WHY DO YOU NEED TO CLEAN YOUR PHONE?  

Your phone or personal device can carry and transmit the virus to your hands and face. Using a Catalyst Waterproof Case allows you to follow the CDC recommendation to wash and disinfect regularly touched surfaces to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Did you know that COVID-19 has been found to survive on cardboard for up to 24 hours, on plastic or steel for up to 72 hours and on face masks for up to 7 days? In fact it was found on a cruise ship 17 days after passengers had left.

WHY IS IT THE BEST SOLUTION AGAINST COVID-19?

Catalyst Waterproof Cases have been tested to sustain repeated disinfection with 70% isopropyl alcohol and 70% ethanol, proven to work against similar coronaviruses like SARS and MERS by a study by the Journal of Hospital Infection. The Catalyst Waterproof Case allows to safely disinfect your phone using one of the few proven disinfecting method.

Is this effective against COVID-19?

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Works on bacteria, not viruses.²

Safety Concerns for Users

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Exposure can cause cancer or damage the eyes.³ ⁴

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Repetitive disinfection is safe for the device & its case

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May damage plastics, coatings & glass.⁵

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How does it compare to other device hygiene solutions?

Is this effective against COVID-19?

✔️¹

²

Works on bacteria, not viruses.³

Safety Concerns for Users

✔️

Exposure can cause cancer or damage the eyes.⁴ ⁵

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Repetitive disinfection is safe for the device & its case

✔️

May damage plastics, coatings & glass.⁵

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Learn More about COVID-19

WASHABLE WATERPROOF CASES

Waterproof iPhone Cases

Waterproof iPad Cases

Waterproof Apple Watch

LEARN MORE ABOUT COVID-19

The importance of phone hygiene, why you should clean your phone everyday.

It is safe to say that we are all thinking about our hygiene in a different way. It is each of our responsibility to maintain a meticulous level of personal cleanliness, especially when it comes to our hands and face. What many people may not know is that phone hygiene is a critical factor in maintaining clean hands and keeping germs at bay.

Robb Report writes about the Catalyst Hygiene Solution.

"The info on how to properly clean phones, however, differs; while Apple and other manufacturers have updated their guidelines for using chemical wipes on phones, they still don’t recommend doing so often, and caution against doing so while the phone is on and on getting liquids into charging ports. Which makes the Catalyst Waterproof Cases the simplest of solutions."

Coronavirus, how you can protect the elderly?

Many of us have an elderly parent, grandparent, relative or friend that we want to protect from the threats of COVID-19 but are often unsure how best to do so. We at Catalyst want to provide you with advice that can help you support your elderly loved one in these difficult times, whether they live with you, away from you or indeed in a care facility.

FAQ

Why is it important to maintain phone hygiene?

Even though we do not carry around toilet seats all day long, we carry around something 10 times dirtier than them. Our phones. There are 17,032 germs per square inch on a phone. Some of which can lead to health problems. We can’t wash our phones like we wash our hands, as that may damage our device. With a Catalyst Waterproof Case on, you can clean your Apple device with soap and water as you wash your hands.

To protect yourself from getting COVID-19, the CDC recommends that you clean & disinfect frequently touched surfaces like your phone daily. They recommend that you clean using a detergent or soap and water and disinfect using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Our cases can be disinfected using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

What works against the new Coronavirus?

Because SARS-CoV-2 is a new virus that is not yet readily available for use in commercial laboratory testing, it is still unsure whether disinfectants work against it.

Nevertheless, laboratory tests prove that some active agents inactivate viruses that are genetically related and have physical properties similar to SARS-CoV-2. An analysis from the Journal of Hospital Infection affirms that 62-71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, 0.1% sodium hypochlorite were effective when used against other human coronaviruses, including SARS and MERS, for at least 1 min. Therefore, it can be hypothesized that these disinfectants can work against SARS-CoV-2 as well. Moreover, based upon effectiveness on harder to kill viruses, the EPA has issued a list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2. This list includes widely used disinfectants such as products containing Hydrogen Peroxide, Ethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol (also, Isopropanol or rubbing alcohol), Sodium hypochlorite (commonly known as bleach) and Quaternary ammonium (also used in Clorox Disinfecting Wipes).

Is soap effective against viruses and bacteria?

According to Pall Thordarson, professor of chemistry at the University of New South Wales, the virus that causes COVID-19 is self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. Soap dissolves the fat membrane of Sars-CoV-2, the virus falls apart and becomes inactivated. The soap not only loosens the “glue” between the virus and the skin but also the Velcro-like interactions that hold the proteins, lipids and RNA in the virus together.

“So why does soap work so well on the , the coronavirus and indeed most viruses? The short story: because Soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and dies – or rather, we should say it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible because handwashing reduces the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands.”

How can you wash your Apple Device with a Catalyst Waterproof Case?

If you are using and maintaining your Catalyst waterproof case on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll be able to wash it with water and soap just as easily as you wash your hands. Just follow these simple steps:

    1. Clean your device: Before installing the waterproof case, clean your Apple device following Apple's guidelines. Make sure to avoid excessive wiping, don't submerge your Apple product in any cleaning agents and don't get moisture into any openings. This will also remove fingerprints and dirt that may be on your device.

    2. Clean your case:
      1. Install the Catalyst waterproof case to your Apple device by following the instructions.
      2. Ensure all seals and plugs are tightly secured before rinsing under running water
      3. Apply soap and wash thoroughly using your hands
      4. Rinse again
      5. Dry off using a soft non-abrasive cloth

    3. Disinfect your case: After cleaning the case, disinfect it using an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol.

Is it OK to use a disinfectant or soap on my Catalyst waterproof case? 

You will not damage the Catalyst iPhone Waterproof Case by washing your phone case with soap and water or disinfecting it for COVID-19 with an alcohol solution that contains at least 70% alcohol, such as 70% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol. Using a 70% alcohol wipe, solution, gel or spray, you may gently wipe the surfaces of your Catalyst case with a clean lint-free microfibre cloth. Ensure all seals and plugs are tightly secured.

Apple devices such as the iPhone are water-resistant, why can’t I just wash my iPhone with soap?

When advising on how to clean iPhones, Apple warns against getting “...moisture into any openings”, “Don’t use cleaning products”.

Indeed, if we look at the Technical Specifications of the iPhone 11, it clearly states that ”iPhone 11 is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.”

Can’t I just get a UV smartphone sanitizer?

UV smartphone sanitizers are not as convenient to carry around and our Waterproof cases can be more than 10 times lighter than some UV smartphone sanitizers. You may not have the UV smartphone sanitizer handy at all times, but your waterproof case will always be on your device.

Most germicidal UV devices use UV-C light for disinfection, which may also cause damage to individuals and/or materials including plastics, rubbers & glass of electronic devices and/or their cases. The effectiveness of UV to disinfect against coronaviruses depends upon the distance and time of to ensure enough exposure time to UV light to be effective, which are unclear and may also depend upon the lamp intensity, temperature & humidity.

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