With the growing popularity of touch screen devices, more and more people are using them every day. Whether you have an iPhone, iPod touch, one of those new Samsung or Motorola touch phones, or some other similar pda, mp3 player or phone, chances are it gets really dirty just like everyone else’s. Fingerprints and grime build up on these devices quickly, leaving users to wonder what the best method is for cleaning.
Although it is a pretty simple process, there are several things you will want to avoid to make sure your phone is both clean and in working condition when you finish. Because these devices are so unique, and their screens are so sensitive to touch, many people don’t know the best way to clean their iPhone or other touch screen device without damaging it. In this situation, less is more, and a very simple tool will give you the best results.
We recommend a microfiber cloth as the safest, quickest and easiest way to clean any touchscreen device, but we also recommend that you make sure it is a good one in order to avoid frustration and lack luster results. One like our high quality cloth would be ideal, but any other version of equal ability would be a good choice also. The problem is that there are more cheap versions that good ones, and pictures on the internet don’t really make it easy to tell the difference. Even up close in local stores, the crappy cloths look strikingly similar to the good ones, but as with anything, the proof is in the outcome.
Better Material = Cleaner Screen
Our microfiber phone cloth is the perfect size at just 6″ x 7″, and features a super fine microfiber suede finish that is guaranteed to never scratch any surface you use it on. It also has thermally welded edges so there are no sewn hems or other similar areas to scratch the surface you are using it on. A dry cloth is all you will need for most situations. The high quality material these cloths are made from will deep clean any sensitive surface in just seconds. Fingerprints, smudges and other grime will be easily wiped away with just the cloth alone. Other cloths are lighter, thinner and more slippery, and most made for small devices have no ability to absorb the most common dirt you find. Oily smudges cause the cloudy haze that makes most of us wipe our phones to clear the screen, but low quality material will spread and smear instead of lifting and eliminating. Sure you can eventually get your phone pretty clean, but who wants to work that hard? Superior fabric eliminates the hassle that the flimsy impostors force upon you because a single swipe can completely clean the surface now matter how greasy it is. The material is what does the work, so a higher grade leads to an easier process, and much better results.
Now if your touch screen is super caked with gunk, you might have to get the cloth damp, but because you need so little moisture to make a difference, you are not really increasing risk at all. When water is added, it acts like a mild detergent to help free stubborn grime and make it slide off the surface as it becomes locked in the fibers. Simply wet it under the faucet, and then wring it out until it is just barely damp. This will give the cloth the extra power it needs to cut through the toughest build-up. Thanks to design and fabric type, it will never scratch any surface, it will never leave behind annoying lint, and it will clean better than inferior knock offs, expensive sprays or fancy, brand specific itools.
Like your cloths big? Want to fold one up to make a nice cushiony pad? We think a phone cleaning cloth should be a certain size, but we also realize that everyone has different preferences, so we have several size options in identical or similar materials. If you are looking for a cloth that is a bit larger, we carry a 5 x 8 cloth, 8 x 8 cloth, 9 x 10.25 Cloth, 12 x 8.5 Cloth,12 x 12 cloth, or a 16 x 16 cloth that feature the same micro suede finish, or one that is similar.
What To Avoid
When cleaning your touch screen phone you don’t ever want to spray any liquid directly on the device, and avoiding cleansers all together can be the safest method of all. Because these are electronic devices, liquid is not friendly to their inner workings. It is also recommended that you don’t use Windex, or any cleaner that contains alcohol or ammonia. These common spray cleaner ingredients can harm the touch screen surface. These chemicals can also cause damage to commonly used screen protectors, so you will be doing yourself a favor if you just avoid them all together. Another thing to look out for is that the power is turned off on your device. This is always the safest way to go, to minimize the possibility of damage occurring. Also the safest detergent to use is water, but too much can be just as bad as using something different. When applying water to your cloth, make sure to use just a little. Too much moisture can cause damage to your phone that could be permanent. If the cloth is dripping or the surface shows water spots after wiping, then you are using too much water.
Your iPhone’s screen is the single most important part of the device. Not only is it the window you view the interface through, it IS the interface. The following are recommended steps for cleaning your phone:
- Get your microfiber cloth.
- Turn off your phone, pda or mp3 player – When using the cloth dry, a hold setting is all that is necessary, you don’t actually have to turn the device off.
- If necessary, dampen the cloth. (for regular cleanings, a dry cloth is usually sufficient. For stubborn build-up, or for periodic deep cleanings, get the cloth wet under the faucet and then wring out until it is just damp.)
- Wipe the screen gently with the cloth making sure to not get any moisture in the jacks or ports. You can also wipe down every other surface of your device to remove dirt and grime all over. Our microfiber cloths are safe to use on any part of your phone.
- Wipe from top to bottom, left to right, or inside to outside to ensure even coverage. Either a back and forth motion or a circular motion can be used.
- Use all the way unfolded to clean more surface area in less time, or fold in half or quarters to make it last longer between cleanings. Simply unfold and refold to reveal a clean layer.
- Allow your device to completely dry after you are done cleaning. This should only take a few seconds unless you have used too much water.
- Turn your device back on. And get back to using a touchscreen that you can actually see.
A damp microfiber cloth will remove all of the dirt and grime, as well as fingerprints and other stubborn build-up, but most times you will only need to use the cloth dry. This makes it incredibly quick and convenient, because you can just whip it out and take care of the mess without getting up to grab an additional spray or something else costly and annoying. When you use our cloth, a bone dry approach will quickly eliminate most grime within a matter of seconds, so it is easily 0ne of the quickest, easiest and safest way to remove dirt and fingerprints from any touch screen device. The advanced weave of our high quality cloths allow them to remove 99% of all dirt, germs and bacteria from the surface of your phone, pda or mp3 player and they do so without any additional chemicals or cleansers. You can wash each one hundreds of times do to commercial grade durability, and most people will go months before it gets dirty enough to warrant it. For this reason, a single, affordable purchase could solve your dirty screen problems for the life of your device.
Things To Think About
It is important to note that all cloths are not created equal. We can guarantee results with the ones that we carry because we know they are made from the highest quality material. If you try to save a few nickels by getting one somewhere else, chances are you will be pretty disappointed. Most similar looking tools will get the surface clean if you try hard enough, but struggling and straining should not be necessary just to have a useable cell. Superior material allows for oil absorption, and stubborn grime removal without scraping, while cheaper, more slippery material leads to smearing and sliding.
That free cloth that came with your device just glides over stuck on grime, and spreads out greasy build up. The ones we carry absorb the greasy stuff, and power through the stubborn stuff, and as you wipe, everything is lifted up and away from the surface to be held by the teeny fibers of the material. Despite being highly affordable, they will also provide outstanding results, and basically last forever. Get the size and material that we recommend for phones, or browse the other sizes available as they are all similar materials, and completely safe for this job.
- Better material for a cleaner phone.
- What to avoid.
- Step by step cleaning instructions.
- Bottom Line
- Things to think about.