How to clean ipad

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by auzzuro, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Hi how do u guys clean the clean the screen and the back of e ipad? Do u guys use any solution? Even when u have protectin screen do u guys still use any solution to clean them?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Many people are scared to do this because they are punks, but just get a paper towel fold so it's thick, spray it with windex two to three times, squeeze so it's not drenched and wipe your iPad down front and back. It's really not that serious. This is how I cleaned all my iPhones and now my iPad. Never had a problem.

    As the iPad gets older just wiping it with a cloth takes longer because the coating starts to wear off.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Download and navigate to page 26. No better way than the manufacturer's instructions.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    I'm "scared" to do this because I am a punk? If anyone thinks that the iPad or iPhone is a bitch to clean now with a fully intact oleophobic coating, you'll wish you were dead once it's all gone from spraying Windex on it-- THE WORST THING YOU COULD EVER DO TO YOUR IDEVICE!

    Apple specifically says not to do this with good reason, before I knew the dangers, I used Windex on my old 3GS, and once that coating was gone, I was this close to dropping $80 for new glass just to end the greasy smeared nightmare that it was. Now that I have an iPhone 4 I can put the noose back in the drawer.

    Light pressure with a plain white T-shirt will do the trick and the glass will be smooth as silk. Launch day iPad here that is still a joy to use with no screen protector just like day one. If you need Windex or any other solvent to clean your glass my advice is to wash your hands a little more often! :)
  5. macrumors member


    Sep 1, 2006
    The Mile High Bovine Metropolis
    Microfiber clothes

    They're inexpensive, they clean it easily, and you can clean them rinsing them in the sink or throwing in the laundry.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    See u weren't reading correctly. I said spray windex on the paper towel guy not the iPad. Dealing with a cloth is too much. U have to keep up with the thing. Just spray the napkin and wipe it down. Trust me, u won't hurt your iPad buddy.

    If u think that coating is going to last, think never does. After wiping with a shirt over a period of time, the screen gets smudgier and smudgier. That tshirt doesn't do the trick anymore. It's really really not that serious. Use glass cleaner. Don't do like that guy says and spray it directly on your iPad. I don't know where he gets that from.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Daytona Beach
    I usually dampen a corner of a microfiber cloth with water, wipe it down, then wipe it with the dry part.

    I also have a special screen cleaner that I use on my cellphone but haven't needed to use it on my iPad since just water works fine. My phone gets too greasy for just water though.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    The issue is Windex coming into contact with the glass, "guy," it makes no difference in the end how it gets there before you start scrubbing. Spray it on your hand or the cat first, whatever. You originally said to "wring" out the paper towel, right there tells me that it is WET, so why does it matter if the glass is made wet directly or with a napkin middleman???

    You speak about the coating going to hell regardless, and I would argue that this is your opinion from personal experience by using Windex to hasten the process. Those impossible smudges you speak of as a foregone conclusion are a result of using glass cleaner where it doesn't belong, as per the manufacturer's explicit instructions.

    To the OP, do whatever you think is best, it's your device after all, but in the friendliest way possible I recommend that you take Apple's (and my) word for it and stay away from Windex for the longest oleophobic coating life possible.

    Have a good night.
  9. macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2010
    I usually use just water and a tissue when I'm up and about. When I'm at home I use a screen cleaner + microfiber cloth.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    microfiber towel, or i used to use the cloth that came with the iphone
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    I know all of my iPhones and my iPad are not the only ones that do this so here is how it usually works.

    When I first buy them, I can just use my shirt to dry wipe them. After so many dry wipes, the coating goes bad. When the coating goes bad, dry wiping takes much longer which gets irritating, no matter how clean my hands are. Seems like I have to wipe for hours(exaggerated). So instead of purchasing some little rag that I'm going to have to keep up with, I use a paper towel with a small amount of windex on it to clean the glass and metal backing. The windex has no way of getting into any ports as long as u only damp the paper towel and it definitely doesn't have any kind of chemical reaction on the iPad surfaces. It doesn't take a genius to use windex properly. We have all cleaned bathrooms I hope. When u say ring the paper towel, it makes it seem like your pouring the whole bottle of windex onto the paper towel. A few misty sprays will suffice.

    Gosh, a whole lesson on how to clean the iPad. If you ask me, the question is kinda on the "are u kidding me" side.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
  13. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    How to clean iPad case?

    The smudges and dust are ridiculous.

    Magic Eraser worked pretty well.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    Do not use windex or any other alcohol based product on your ipad or iphone

    Please no matter what anyone says. Do not use windex or any other alcohol based product on your Ipad or Iphone. It will definitely ruin the screen.
    I have a micro-fiber cloth, and use water with it, and they always look brand new. I also don't have a lot of problems keeping up with my micro-fiber cloth, as I put it back every time in the same place.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 5, 2008
    I use screen wipes on the metal back ONLY. On the screen I use a good microfibre cloth and, if it needs it, a few spots of water.

    Be VERY cautious about what you use on the screen because of the oleophobishness.

    May cleanliness be with you and your 'pad.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    just breathe hot air onto the screen and wipe it with the micro fiber cleaning cloth.... and for the back, I'm not sure.. I usually keep my ipad in a case all the time so it's rarely exposed to dust or any other particles.
  17. macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Believe it or not, the best way to clean the screen is to drag the underside of your forearm over the screen a couple times. Works a treat, gets rid of all the smudges and restores the 'just out of the box' shine! Just give it a try, I didn't believe it either.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2010
    I am surprised no one suggested using a ShamWow...

    I prefer to use those cloths they sell for cleaning your glasses (without the solution).
  19. macrumors 604


    Jun 30, 2007
    Microfiber and/or moisture (water) and/or eyeglass spray (it is designed for optical coated glass) if needed. Stay away from cleaners like Windex. They are formulated to clean straight glass and other surfaces with ammonia and powerful degreasers. You can use Windex (or other degreasing cleaner like 409) on the back but not on the glass surface.
  20. macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2009
    pssst, look behind you...
    Magic eraser, is that the white spongey material from Mr. Clean that's for cleaning marks like sharpies that people write on the bathroom walls with?
    Would that be a little too good for the glass treatment on an iPad?

    I use micro fiber cloth towels that clean the smudges & shines the glass beautifully but I can feel tiny bumps under my finger as I touch the glass. They come off using a finger nail but what's best for removing those, just water?

    And before someone say it, yes, I cover my coughs, sneezes etc...:p
  21. macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    I use iKlear cleaner/polish. This stuff is made for Apple products and it really puts a nice shine on the screen and gives it a slick feeling. You can pick it up at the Apple store or order it directly from the company. Do not use cleaners like Windex on your electronics!
  22. macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    +1. I use iKlear too. I ordered it offline, and I have the big bottle, and the small bottle i travel with (pilot) and I also have some handy single use wipes that came with the package. I feel much more comfortable using that on my Apple products than anything else. I also use it on my Navi screen in my car, and on my rearview mirror (if you use windex on those automatic dimming mirrors, it could cause them to explode/leak fluid).

    iKlear is great stuff.

    iKlear FTW!!! Click this to see the product I bought.
  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Another vote for iKlear followed by microfiber. Simple, easy, great results. I use it on my MBP, iPhone, and iPad and they all look spotless afterward. One 2oz bottle will last ages too.
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2009
    dishwasher light wash cycle. lol I keep mine in a case and it has a antiglare screen protector. So I get alot less fingerprints. But I take it out of the case and wipe it down with one of my camera lens cleaning clothes.
  25. macrumors 6502

    May 9, 2010
    If you wear a cotton t shirt you can clean your screen by rubbing it up against your stomach. It works great.

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