iPad Best way to disinfect/clean electronic gadget screens - iPad, iPhone etc.?

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  1. saintforlife, Jan 20, 2015
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    saintforlife macrumors 6502a

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    Is there something better than a wet paper towel to clean iPad/iPhone screens?
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    Just a dry micro fiber cloth. Disinfecting is not really required unless you are loaning out your device to strangers or which I do not think is a good idea. You phone will harbor many germs and bacteria but most will not cause any harm if they came from you.

    Most chemicals would need to be applied wet and stay on the surface wet for a minute of so to kill everything. Not good.:apple:
     
  3. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. I wipe my iPad screen daily with a soft cloth and a little of my own breath. I've used warm water lightly on a sponge for bad fingerprints but that's it. Looks brand new.
     
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  5. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

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    Pop it in the microwave for good five minutes and it will be nice and disinfected. :p
     
  6. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

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    I heard that sand paper helps with those tiny scratches
     
  7. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    I feel bad for those poor souls who will unknowingly follow your ruthless advice.
     
  8. Charliebird macrumors 6502a

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    Me too. Please don't ever take any of my advice or suggestions. They're all bad.
     
  9. smallcoffee macrumors 6502a

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    I recommend buying a box of electronic cleaning wipes. I think they work better than a microfiber cloth, and you can also use them on other things, like eyeglasses or computer screens.
     
  10. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    disagree. you can certainly pick up nasty bugs that will live a long time on your gadgets' screens/surfaces depending on what you do for a living (which does not require "loaning it out to strangers"). I'm an ER physician and I clean my iphone with purrell after each shift.
     
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    If I worked in ER, I would too.

    I wash my hands several times a day and now they tell us the hand soap is killing us. Go figure. Generally I never "loan" out my phone. I also never go into a restaurant bathroom just to wash my hands before eating. I have never disinfected my phone and bet that it would be a seething Petri dish of horror if checked, but then are so many things we touch day in and day out.
     
  12. radtechy macrumors newbie

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    I'm an MRI/CT tech I only use a lifeproof case and wipe it down with the "purple wipes" which are those wipes that kill everything
     
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    I'm a phlebotomist at an OB/GYN office... I don't even want to imagine what could get on my iPhone and iPad! I use the purple PDI wipes or alcohol pads on both everyday before I leave.

    Did you know hepatitis can live on a surface for up to 2 weeks?!?!?! :eek: Ewww!!!
     
  14. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I use Meguiars Quik Interior Detailer. The stuff is about $4 for a 16oz. Spray bottle.

    I spray one microfiber with the liquid, wipe the device, and then dry with another microfiber. I don't go crazy with the solution of course.

    This stuff can be used on car nav screens, leather, plastic, wood trim In cars, etc. so it's mild but works.

    No guarantees, but I haven't had the product hurt my devices or car yet. Don't use in the sun though. Again, it is suppose to be very mild.
     
  15. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

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    The problem with the wipes and sprays you guys are mentioning is that they're all solvents. Unless you've got a screen protector on, you're going to deteriorate the oleophobic coating.
     
  16. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    Do car screens never have an oleophobic coating? Just curious, since Meguiar's might factor that in when developing their product.

    I honestly try to use microfiber only, but eventually I feel you need to do a shiny clean especially the Air 2 that holds onto the fingerprints more.
     
  17. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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    paper towel, water, squeeze it out. That's all I use, and it works fine. Apple devices clean up very easily.
     
  18. Royksöpp macrumors 6502

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    Just breathe on your screen and clean it with a microfiber cloth. For the times it feels really dirty I use iKlear.
     
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    The car detailer is not a solvent. More likely a silicone or other oil
     
  20. wakinghour macrumors regular

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    don't use any liquid to clean your screen if your screen has oleophobic coating, it will diminish it's ability to evade oil. just use a dry microfiber cloth like people said.

    also, those anti-bacterial cleaners just cause bacteria to be more resistant. avoid those.

    if you absolutely must clean something dirty off (this shouldn't be frequent) of it use a light dab of alcohol based cleaner. very little is needed. you don't want liquid rolling into your ports or anything.
     
  21. thedeejay macrumors 65816

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    Microfibre cloth works great. I also have a disinfectant solution that Monster sells for electronics which was around $10 when I bought it.
     
  22. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    A good idea is to get a cleaning solution from iKlear.

    https://www.klearscreen.com/detail.aspx?ID=109

    You can use the enclosed cloth alone most of the time. Once a week or so use the cleaning solution. If you just use a cloth it tends to just push the cruff around. A cleaning solution actually removes the dirt and grease and such.
     
  23. radtechy macrumors newbie

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    Water does not disinfect
     
  24. adamhenry macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the link. It looked like a decent product and the price was OK for a try so I ordered some.
     
  25. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

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    I use an electronics cleaner spray from the supermarket, and a plush micro fibre cloth. It's a very weak solvent so does literally nothing to coatings or finishes, but removes all oil and contaminants from the device.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOtk9yOrwU4
     

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