How to Wash iPad 2 Smart Cover (Polyurethane)

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    I'm reading about the oil that the microfiber of the Smart Cover absorbs and am now wondering how do we wash the microfiber of the cover? Any ideas? This is in particular for the polyurethane cover which I'll be getting.
     
  2. glen e, Mar 29, 2011
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    There are countless ways but this works fine - go get some of this stuff from an auto parts store. It is a multi-surface foaming cleaner, safe for both sides:

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    spray it on and let it set for 10-15 secs
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    wipe off with towel or microfiber rag. Quick dry with hair dryer on low or air dry.

    Done - don't over think this...now go do your car interior...LOL

    BTW, this works extremely well for the original ipad1 case too.
     
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    Interesting! Isn't there going to be some leftover residue?
     
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    Um, wipe it off properly? Not exactly rocket science.
     
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    No, not rocket science but anything that is comes out in a semi-wet state like that foam is going to leave behind residue if it's not washed away with water. Of course, maybe that residue doesn't matter because it's not detectable by human eye but there will be residue. I'm thinking of the pet cleaner I have at home that squirts out foamy. There's still residue left behind but it leaves the carpet looking clean and untouched but it only "looks" like that.
     
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    I am going to try this method but not before I use plain old water and a clean rag first. I am going to wet the rag with warm water and see where it goes from there.

    When it comes down to having a smart cover with lint and oils and other splotchy stuff I'd rather risk residue to clean it than carrying around a rad-tad looking machine that shows A) I'm hard on my equipment and B) that I don't care about how it looks.
     
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    I used sneaker repellent on mine when I first got it. It makes cleaning a lot easier. You can use the the same stuff they use on baseball hats.
     
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    Interesting. Never heard of this stuff. Do you use it on both sides of the polyurethane cover?
     
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    I put mine in the dishwasher and it comes out squeaky clean with no hard water spots!:D
     
  10. terroh8er, Apr 9, 2011
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    The preferred way to clean hats is in the dishwasher. Is there a reason why this isn't a good idea?
     
  11. glen e, Apr 9, 2011
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    I would not do it long term because after several times the heat in the DW could warp/seperate the poly. Poly is impervious to most cleaners so use the stuff I use above, windex, 409, whatever.... wipe it down and get on with your life. Stay away from Mr clean magic erasers - they are equiv of 3600 wet/dry sandpaper and will abraid the surface.
     
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    What is the glue?

    Hi guys,
    My main concern is the glue. Microfiber and polyeurethane are both pretty resilient, but will a water based, or for that matter alcohol based, product effect the glue keeping the two together? I would hate to have 2 very clean, but separated, pieces of cover on my hands.
     
  13. glen e, Apr 27, 2011
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    hats don't have thermal poly seams....
     
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    go to your local shoe cleaner and get this
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  15. CavalierCharge, Aug 13, 2011
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    Windex Works

    After reading the posts, I decided to try good ol' Windex. I only cleaned the outside, but it came clean and looks great. Good luck!
     
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    Easy Peasey

    My local CVS sells their own brand of antibacterial washcloths, $2.49 for 40. Works fine.:)
     
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    I've been using the dishwasher method since my last post (about 4 times now) and the edges of the cover are beginning to separate. So maybe my method is not the best for longevity, but it comes out really clean. I can take a pic of its current state if anyone is interested.
     
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    I have the pink polyurethane cover, it started to look dingy pretty quickly so I used oil free eye makeup remover and wiped it off with a rag that was damp with part water, part rubbing alcohol. It cleaned the case really nicely without any problems. I haven't needed to clean the other side as of yet.
     
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    Winded worked, simple, easy

    Windex was approach I took for the orange smart cover. It was easily available and simple to try. I sprayed it on the smartcover and used paper towel to apply all over/dry it out.

     
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    Just use some washing up liquid, pour a little bit onto a sponge, wet the sponge until foamy bubble form and try to wipe it clean then dry with hairdryer.
     
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    this is a very ridiculous thread - no one ever cleaned anything before?

    I can only assume you all had very dirty trapper keepers in high school...
     
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    Right? Blows my mind that someone would complicate this by doing something goofy like throwing a smart cover in the dish washer.

    It's a freaking piece of plastic, wipe it off with a wet rag and get on with your life. If it gets nasty enough you need to wash it that bad: start washing your hands more, throw it away, and get a new one.
     
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    Black leather smart cover owner here. I use unscented baby wipes on both sides then let dry - leaves no residue, seems to clean off all oils - no dirt/grease lines on glass after cleaning.
     
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    Get off this website if ur gonna critisize! gosh! GET A LIFE!! :p:p

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    if this is a stupid thread then why are you on it???? wow.... think a little. ur probably a dumb little kid that has nothing else to do with your life :p
     
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    Did you just resurrect a pointless year old thread and then tell others to get a life? Here's hoping others can see the irony in that, even though I'm sure it's lost on you...
     

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