7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2012 1:11 PM by Network 23
Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Simple question - Is it a good idea to clean the ipad screen with those LCD/TFT monitor wipes? If not what should I be using to get the finger grease off?! Also the smart cover has left clear line down the screen from the back cover. So presumably the smart cover is picking up finger grease as well. So do I need to clean the smart cover as well? 


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  • 1. Re: Cleaning screen
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
  • 2. Re: Cleaning screen
    Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn off  iPad (press and hold the Sleep/Wake button, and then slide the onscreen  slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid getting  moisture in openings"

     

    Seriously?! A damp cloth?! Okay then. But I was thinking of some sort of cleaning wipe. I looked on e-bay & found stuff but it looks to go against some of the advice given by Apple about cleaning the ipad;

     

    http://shop.ebay.co.uk/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p3984.m570.l1313&_nkw=ipad+clean ing+wipes&_sacat=See-All-Categories

  • 3. Re: Cleaning screen
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)

    Yes, seriously. Apple would not provide this if they weren't serious.

     

    And damp doesn't mean dripping or soaking wet.

     

    It is up to you if you want to go against Apple's recommendation.

  • 4. Re: Cleaning screen
    Tgara Level 4 Level 4 (3,540 points)

    Wanna know what I use?  Common sense!

     

    But beyond that,  I use a mircofiber detailing cloth and a couple of spritzes of glass cleaner.  I use this method to clean my iMac screen, my iPad and iPod touch.

  • 5. Re: Cleaning screen
    Dogboy73 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just tried cleaning my ipad. I used a damp (not dripping wet ) lens cleaning cloth & then wiped over again with a lens microfibre cloth. Came up a treat Definitely doesn't seem to be a need for anything beyond a slightly damp cloth & something to dry the screen with.

  • 6. Re: Cleaning screen
    KRDHarris Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Why use glass cleaner when Apple specifically and clearly specifies water only?

     

    "To clean the display on your iMac, first shut down your iMac and unplug the power cord along with other connected devices. Next, dampen the cloth that came with your iMac—or another clean, soft, lint-free cloth—with water only, and then wipe the screen. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen."

  • 7. Re: Cleaning screen
    Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)

    Tgara wrote:

     

    Wanna know what I use?  Common sense!

     

    But beyond that,  I use a mircofiber detailing cloth and a couple of spritzes of glass cleaner.  I use this method to clean my iMac screen, my iPad and iPod touch.

    Common sense doesn't work very well with computer displays, because the requirements are not the same as common window glass:

    • The way microfiber cloths work, you often do not need any kind of cleanser at all. The microfibers tend to scoop up dust and grime very well. In fact, the reason many cleaning staff use microfibers is to reduce the need to use toxic cleaning products. Often, a wide range of stains can be removed with nothing more than a microfiber cloth and just water. In my experience, a dry microfiber cloth is often good enough to take off fingerprints.
    • Many computer displays are treated with antiglare and other coatings. Your use of "window cleaner" or other cleaning chemicals can damage the special coatings on computer displays. Read what Apple has to say in the iPad cleaning article:

    Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. iPad has an oleophobic coating on the screen; simply wipe iPad’s screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil left by your hands.

     

    The only time you really need to use any type of cleaning solution is for a very tough stain, but that should be very, very rare...almost an emergency case.

     

    In the end, Apple's advice is the one most supported by the facts: Clean, lint free cloth (microfiber is better), and water only.