Cleaning solution for the ipad

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by Bigrahizzle, May 1, 2010.

  1. Bigrahizzle macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    I was wondering what would be the best cleaning solution for the screen. I have Monster cleaning kit which I use for my laptop and other screens. I wanna know if anything will damage the olephobic coating on the screen if I use anything other than something dedicated.
  2. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    All I have needed is a microfiber cloth, wipes clean.
  3. Bigrahizzle thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    Yea that could be used, but sometimes u have to use some kind of solution to get the nasty fingerprints off
  4. Bigrahizzle thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
  5. funkeruski macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2010
    Don't underestimate the power of a damp paper towel.
  6. schulzmc macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    No - cleaning solutions can hurt the coating. Apple recommends water. See the manual p. 26.
  7. Bigrahizzle thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    Thanks for letting me know guys. I have already used the supplied SGP cleaner liquid(Came with the screen protector) maybe 4 times already. I hope it didnt damage the screen.
  8. jedolley macrumors 68000

    Sep 18, 2009
    I wouldn't worry too much, some people are a bit overcautious when it comes to stuff like this. there are plenty of cleaners on the market that won't affect or damage the coating.

    I personally use ShaggyMac's OptiMist Prime with great results.
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Yeah, but I have a screen protector on mine for that reason. Water leaves streaks and the factory coating is rather weak sauce fighting finger prints. But I'm sure if Apple re-branded Glass Plus they'd recommend it highly, just as BMW recommends BMW wax.
  10. xraytech macrumors 68020

    Mar 24, 2010
    Stay away from anything ammonia

    Stay away from any "Cleaning Solution".

    Microfiber is all you need.
  11. nick82 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2010
    I believe something I read said that the glass has some sort of coating on it. If so, I wonder if any of the DSLR sensor-cleaning solutions would be good for the iPad?

    I figure that they are gentle enough to be used on the sensor glass, which often has a coating as well.

    I would be careful about using anything too harsh, such as a household cleaner.
  12. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    What about eyeglass cleaner that my eye doctor gave me for use on my glasses?

    My glasses have the anti-glare coating so if it's safe for those is it safe for the iPad?

    I'm thinking I'll use it once/week or so, to disinfect.

    I smelled it--it does not smell like alcohol at all. It's barely different from water but it is different. I even tasted it. :D

    I'm still alive.
  13. Bigrahizzle thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd rather be safe than sorry. I just got a small bottle filled it with water and threw it in my lowepro 250 with the microfiber cloth.
  14. lachyg macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2010
    In Australia one brand makes two glass cleaning cloths. You wet one, and then wipe the screen, then use the other one dry. It cleans it as if it was brand new. I'll have a hunt for the brand name, but I think if you look for a glass cleaning cloth.
  15. kingsize one macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2010
  16. tdream macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2009
    I was gonna say water for the laugh. But I guess it's official!
  17. LadyHoneyBabe macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2010
    Microfiber cloth. No cleaning solution needed. Just wipe and go. I got mine at an auto parts store.
  18. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    I use either one of the cloths that came with my iPhones or the Radtech microfibre cloths that I use on my monitor screens and camera lenses. A little water and a careful wiping with the microfibre cloth and even the worst fingerprints are gone. If I am just out and about a quick swipe of a cloth alone also does the trick.
  19. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    Even with a microfiber cloth and water, be careful when cleaning. Don't just rub hard to get the marks of. If there is any dirt or tiny particles, you can scratch or wear the coating.

    The safest method (IMO)
    > Wet a microfiber cloth thoroughly, wring out only the should still be pretty wet
    > gently wipe off the screen. This will remove foreign matter that may cause scratches. The water will act as a lubricant to mitigate any scratching.
    > follow up with the dry microfiber cloth. Again, gentle pressure but you can use a little more than the previous step

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