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jsan1
Apr 10, 2011, 05:49 PM
Hey MR!

I've had the new iPad 2 since day one with the smart cover attached pretty much 24/7. I have, as the thread title says, the gray polyurethane cover. I always flip the smart cover over when I'm using it. As a result, it's starting to get a little dirty on the inside, with dirt & other stuff that makes the inside dirty starting to show up inside the cover. Am I alone, or does this happen to others? More importantly, does anyone know of any liquid or technique that can help clean the inside microfiber part if the cover? Thanks for any help!



master-ceo
Apr 10, 2011, 06:12 PM
3m lint Roller
http://www.amazon.com/ScotchTM-Jumbo-Sheet-Lint-Rollers/dp/B001VEB5AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302477085&sr=8-1

gatearray
Apr 10, 2011, 06:16 PM
A dry paint brush, or the leg of my jeans usually does the trick. :)

jsan1
Apr 10, 2011, 06:23 PM
3m lint Roller
http://www.amazon.com/ScotchTM-Jumbo-Sheet-Lint-Rollers/dp/B001VEB5AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302477085&sr=8-1

Hey, thanks for your reply. It's not lint that's on the cover, it's actually like dirt sort of "ingrained" within the smart cover. It's deep dirt, not superficial.

Any other ideas?

XXFirefighter
Apr 10, 2011, 06:26 PM
OMG ppl it's not brain science here...

Grab a towel/washcloth.
Spray some general purpose cleaner on it..... Some warm water, wipe off a few times... Then turn to new side, warm water only, wipe more. Let dry, and your done. There's no special cleaner. It's not a exotic material.

thibaulthalpern
Apr 10, 2011, 08:07 PM
OMG ppl it's not brain science here...

Grab a towel/washcloth.
Spray some general purpose cleaner on it..... Some warm water, wipe off a few times... Then turn to new side, warm water only, wipe more. Let dry, and your done. There's no special cleaner. It's not a exotic material.

The material on the outside of the SmartCover isn't exotic, that's true. But, one doesn't know what is between the polyurethane or leather. For example, many items (not necessarily talking about Apple) may have a polyurethane covering or leather covering but the inside is actually some type of cardboard. If you wash those items by soaking it or using a wet washcloth, it could damage the cardboard inside. Now, is there cardboard inside the SmartCover, I don't know.

That's why I think some of us (myself included) asked how to clean the Smart Cover. Of course, if it's JUST polyurethane through and through, then yeah, soak it or whatever.

XXFirefighter
Apr 10, 2011, 08:11 PM
The material on the outside of the SmartCover isn't exotic, that's true. But, one doesn't know what is between the polyurethane or leather. For example, many items (not necessarily talking about Apple) may have a polyurethane covering or leather covering but the inside is actually some type of cardboard. If you wash those items by soaking it or using a wet washcloth, it could damage the cardboard inside. Now, is there cardboard inside the SmartCover, I don't know.

That's why I think some of us (myself included) asked how to clean the Smart Cover. Of course, if it's JUST polyurethane through and through, then yeah, soak it or whatever.

Ok, then wring the cloth out so it's just damp, and WIPE !
I didn't say soak it, I was hoping common sense would have kicked in...
ME? What am I going to do to clean mine? Exactly what I said.
I'm going to get a washcloth.. hot water, wring it out... So it's barely damp, then wipe the inside down. Then I'm going to spray some of this on the cloth...

http://www.adamspolishes.com/p-35-adams-carpet-upholstery-cleaner.aspx

Then I'm going to scrub lightly... with the VERY SLIGHTLY DAMP cloth...
Then I will let it dry.

glen e
Apr 10, 2011, 08:51 PM
OMG ppl it's not brain science here...

Grab a towel/washcloth.
Spray some general purpose cleaner on it..... Some warm water, wipe off a few times... Then turn to new side, warm water only, wipe more. Let dry, and your done. There's no special cleaner. It's not a exotic material.

no, this is exactly right - it's no more of a project than wiping down your desk or your seats in your car. Don't overthink this. 409, windex, whatever - wipe and get back on with your life...

but if you are still radically perplexed, see this:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1127366

legendlcox
Jan 24, 2012, 04:49 PM
What is in the cover is not cardboard, it is plastic and metal within part of it is the magnets. :apple:

kajitox
Jan 24, 2012, 08:26 PM
The bigger problem is that the microfiber on the inside of the case will eventually get dirty and will "soak up" (if you will) the oil left on your screen, causing it to feel less soft and appear older. I'm relatively sure that this is normal wear on an item like this, and it would just have to get replaced eventually.

THEGREEKBADGER
Aug 21, 2013, 05:14 AM
OMG ppl it's not brain science here...

Grab a towel/washcloth.
Spray some general purpose cleaner on it..... Some warm water, wipe off a few times... Then turn to new side, warm water only, wipe more. Let dry, and your done. There's no special cleaner. It's not a exotic material.

Well the point is that the smart cover's interior is smooth so that it does not damage the screen. Adding a simple cleaner may damage the surface and it may become harder and eventually damage the screen. Now if you have tested that yourself then ok, it will probably work

Mr. Thompson
Aug 21, 2013, 06:04 PM
Dawn liquid dishwashing soap and warm water.

jnuuers
Aug 27, 2013, 01:36 AM
3m lint Roller
http://www.amazon.com/ScotchTM-Jumbo-Sheet-Lint-Rollers/dp/B001VEB5AI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1302477085&sr=8-1

yeah, i have got one too, but i don't think it is very helpful, i think that I should get a case for the device in the beginning