Cleaning Your iPad or Tablet PC Screen
So you got your new iPad or tablet PC. Totally sweet. The first thing you will notice is how cool you feel. The second thing you will notice is how quickly this thing gets covered with fingerprints, food particles and other smudges. Not so sweet. These things are designed to be touched all over, but lets face it, we all have some pretty dirty paws, don’t we. Just by operating your iPad or tablet, you are getting it dirtier and dirtier. Plus, it really seems to keep the kids busy, but when they hand it back your iPad is usually looking less than stellar.
If you are one of the few people that actually read the owners manual to completion, you will discover that there are many common cleaners you should NOT use to clean the touch screen of your iPad or tablet PC. If you do not heed these warnings, you can diminish sensitivity, mar up the screen or outright ruin the touchscreen on your fancy new device.
Many common cleaning tools and methods are forbidden when de-smudging a touchscreen. You don’t want to use anything abrasive, or anything with ammonia, and you really don’t want to get the surface too wet either. Put away your window cleaner, and don’t use anything you have to spray on. Just because this thing is shiny like glass, does not mean you want to clean it like a window or mirror. If moisture gets in the cracks you will have a lovely looking paper weight, and if you are too rough on the touch screen surface, you will end up with a less sensitive interface, or one that no longer recognizes your touch at all.
So What is The Best Way To Clean It?
We’re glad you asked. A tablet computer is basically just an over-sized phone, so when you clean the touch screen, you will want to a method similar to cleaning your touchscreen phone. You don’t need anything too fancy to achieve great results, and we do not recommend purchasing anything with the prefix i for this reason. You do not need ispray or an icloth to clean your iPad. Trust us. The best way to quick and thorough cleaning of any screen is to use a microfiber cloth specially designed for this job. We have several to choose from, at low prices and made from top quality fabric. When you compare our cloths to other ones, they may look the same, but ours will clean better and last longer. You can tell the quality right away because they will be heavier, thicker and softer in your hand. Choose from the 5″ x 8″, 8″ x 8″, or 16″ x 16″ cloth in the premium suede finish, or go for the official Tablet Cloth made from a slightly different material with a size of 8.25″ x 12″. The size or type you need is really up to preference, and all of these will have similar suede-like, material that is specifically designed for glass, metal, gems, LCD screens and other sensitive surfaces. We offer the highest quality cloths available which means they will make cleaning easier and less time consuming, but they will also hold up through hundreds of washings so you can clean with them over and over again without buying anything new. Sure you can probably find a similar looking one for a few cents less, but it won’t work as well, and you will be replacing it sooner than later.
How to Clean Your Screen
Follow these steps to quickly and completely remove all of those greasy figerprints to reveal a clean, polished surface that looks like new:
- To clean your tablet PC, first make sure the power is off. This makes the screen darker, so the dirt is easier to see, but it also prevents any damage to your device. Plus since it is a touch screen you don’t want to accidentally download an expensive app or send off an unwanted email while you are wiping.
- For most cases you can just use these cloths dry. You don’t really need to add any moisture to the cloth except for extreme cases, and you will never have to use any sort of cleanser. Just water, and only when necessary.
- The high quality material will completely remove fingerprints, smudges and other grime in a single swipe and with almost no effort. It will also polish as it cleans, so you can leave your iPad looking super nice in no time.
- To clean, simply wipe the surface to reveal a shiny streak and smudge free surface. Start from the outside in, or move top to bottom. Use one continous motion to lift up dirt with just one swipe. There will never be any lint left behind, and you don’t need to rub an scrub to achieve great results.
- If the build-up is extra thick because maybe you decided it was a good idea to eat lunch while you work, then just add a little bit of water.
- You only need a very little bit of moisture, and if your cloth is dripping, then you have too much. Simply get it wet under the tap, and then wring until it is left just barely wet. Once damp these cloths can really clean. Their power is increased as water acts like a detergent to cut through and remove the most stubborn sticky stuff.
- Wipe in the same way, and this time any food particles, boogers, or other sticky and/or crusty particle that you might have glided over with your cloth dry will now be wiped clean with ease.
- Since the cloth is only damp, you are not running any risk of damage to your tablet PC or precious iPad either. If there is any residual moisture, it should be so little that it evaporates and disappears in just a few seconds.
After The Cleaning
Once the screen is clean, you can keep wiping away to shine up any surface of your tablet. The great thing about these cloths is that they are specially designed for the screen, but will achieve great results on the other surfaces of your computer too. Wipe every side, clean the case, shine accessories and more. Use it for your phone or laptop and it will work just as well, and don’t worry about wearing it out because each one is good for thousands of uses, and hundreds of washings. You will not need to launder it after every use, and most folks will go months before it has to be washed. Even then, a quick spin in the washer with your towel load will have it good as new and ready to go with little effort.
The hot breath and t-shirt method, or a old cotton cleaning rag will eventually get your tablet clean, but not until you spend a ton of time, and get frustrated over the dirt just smearing, or the cloth leaving a linty mess that also needs to be cleaned up. Plus, it can be kind of embarrassing to lift your shirt and show your fat belly when tableting in public. Do yourself a favor, and get an inexpensive cloth to make the job quick and easy. You will spend only seconds from whipping it out to wiping it down and then getting back to business. This is easily the best way to get the job done quickly while guaranteeing absolutely no risk to your device. Germs, dirt and any other yucky don’t stand a chance.
Increased Protection = Good
Kepping it spotless is one thing, but to protect your touch screen and keep it clean longer, you may want to look into getting some of those disposable screen protectors, or some sort of case for your iPad. This will cover the screen when not in use, and the screen protectors will give a layer of protection all the time. These to items will prevent scratching, and reduce dirt build up on the screen, but not completely. Because of the nature of these devices, they are always going to get dirty, so the best thing you can do is prepare yourself with the best tools possible, and one of our high quality microfiber cloths is the perfect tool for this particular job. They will work right on the glass, and if you add a protector or case, they will clean that too!
PLEASE NOTE: It is always best to disconnect any cords or accessories form your tablet prior to cleaning it. Also make sure you are using a freshly washed cloth for best results. If not right out of the laundry, inspect to make sure there is no sand or other abrasive debris on the cloth because this will result in scratches.
Other similar cloths that will also work: