iPad Pro Cleaning iPad Screen?

Robdmb

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What does everyone use to clean the screen? Are products with alcohol safe for the oleophobic coating? Thanks.
 

Relentless Power

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What does everyone use to clean the screen? Are products with alcohol safe for the oleophobic coating? Thanks.
The oleophobic coating is naturally organic and will eventually wear off from everyday use. I Primarily use a clean microfiber cloth, which I switch out regularly, so I don't use a dirty microfiber which could contain debris you can't see when cleaning the display.

But if you are interested in more of a cleaning product, I also sometimes use "Clean screen", which is available from Best Buy. It's safe for all the Electronic displays and does not use any form of chemicals that would harm the display.

https://www.cleanscreen.com/
 

theNatest

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I use a microfiber cloth and a "Professional Biodegradable Lens Cleaner" from and eye glass store.

I'm not too sure if it's safe? It was free and seems to be alright. The only other statement on the bottle is, "Safe on all lenses. Spray solution on lenses . Wipe dry with KleerSpex Wipes."

... should I not be using this?
 
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garyleecn

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At home, I use whoosh, it's the exact product apple use in apple stores.
When traveling, I use those zeiss disposable wipes, it comes in small packs, perfect for almost anything, phones, tablets, computers, glasses, cameras, pretty much anything you can think of.
 
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stylinexpat

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Compared to my 9.7" iPad Pro I found that the new 10.5" iPad Pro is more of a finger print magnet. The older 9.7" Pro model did not show much finger print smudges as this new one does for some reason.


Newer screen is better aside from the finger print smudges it seems to attract so much
 

augustya

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I too, saw this in use st the Apple Store, and ordered it on Amazon. Best screen cleaner I've used, so far. But, what's really awesome are the wipes! These orange cloths lift virtually ALL the dust, fingerprints and whatever else off the screen. After seeing this, I didn't mind the high-ish price anymore.
I am looking out for a good quality Microfiber cloth as well to clean my iPad screen is this Woosh Microfiber cloth even better than this ? Someone earlier had suggested this here earlier

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008...s=ecomoist&dpPl=1&dpID=51cKTj0FbIL&ref=plSrch

Which one is better Woosh or Ecomoist ?
 

stylinexpat

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I am looking out for a good quality Microfiber cloth as well to clean my iPad screen is this Woosh Microfiber cloth even better than this ? Someone earlier had suggested this here earlier

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008...s=ecomoist&dpPl=1&dpID=51cKTj0FbIL&ref=plSrch

Which one is better Woosh or Ecomoist ?
I bought both of these and the combination of the two seem to work good..

I use this first

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U21WD4S/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Then use this after without the liquid part

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO9R80A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

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At home, I use whoosh, it's the exact product apple use in apple stores.
When traveling, I use those zeiss disposable wipes, it comes in small packs, perfect for almost anything, phones, tablets, computers, glasses, cameras, pretty much anything you can think of.
Zeiss also makes a very good product. Not cheap, but certainly worth it.
 

MrGimper

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I bought this after another member recommended it.

Ecomoist Natural Screen Cleaner 250ml with Fine Microfiber Towel
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00DX7EXZK

It's fantastic... completely removed all fingerprints/smudges/residue from my iPad, iPhone, iMac, MacBook and TV screens. After I used it the first time on my iPP 10.5 the screen immediately became less of a finger print magnet.

The added bonus is that the cloth is the size of a bath sheet! *





* It isn't, but it's certainly large!
 
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augustya

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Agree that only a Microfiber Cloth should clean it pretty well ! And if need be, a damp Microfiber cloth is well suited to clean some stubborn smudges. I was thinking about buying the Ecomoist Microfiber cloth untill someone pointed me out Whoosh ! So am confused between the two.
 
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I am looking out for a good quality Microfiber cloth as well to clean my iPad screen is this Woosh Microfiber cloth even better than this ? Someone earlier had suggested this here earlier

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B008...s=ecomoist&dpPl=1&dpID=51cKTj0FbIL&ref=plSrch

Which one is better Woosh or Ecomoist ?
Haven't tried Ecomoist, although it looks to be similar to the blue cloth that used to come with iKlear before they changed. That type of cloth cleans ok at first, but after a short while it gets harder because it leaves streaks. (Visible if you are in direct light). Whoosh is the only one that has not done this.
 
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Yeah i don't know all these specialty ehtnisiast cleaners may work but for day to day face grease, oily finger-prints, just warm moist air and a cloth are all I need.

I have a microfiber cloth i got with a dell xps laptop I bought a few years ago. It works well for daily oily fingerprints and face oils.

For some dirt that may get on the chassis, i will use some moist air or a lightly lightly lightly lightly damped cloth and graze it ever so softly.

My Logitech slim combi laptop may get some actual dirt (like from off a desk, etc) and ill use a lightly damped towel when i get home to wipe it down.

I've been doing this since 2015 on the iPad Pro and nearly forever since I've had phones with screens.
 

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I would never trust anything except a microfiber cloth, dampened if necessary. Anything else is not likely to be any more effective without doing more to strip away the coatings already on the screen.
 

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I would never trust anything except a microfiber cloth, dampened if necessary. Anything else is not likely to be any more effective without doing more to strip away the coatings already on the screen.
Some of those products that are intended to clean electronic/iPad displays, have been soley tested to not remove any coatings from the displays. And this is coming from somebody who only purchases the best cleaning products possible, and I wouldn't subject my display if I thought for a minute it would tamper with the coatings. I'm Not speaking for all cleaning products, I'm speaking for the ones that are designed like Whoosh and Clean Screen that are intended for iPad displays. It's the same products Apple uses in their stores.
 
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Cashmonee

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Some of those products that are intended to clean electronic/iPad displays, have been soley tested to not remove any coatings from the displays. And this is coming from somebody who only purchases the best cleaning products possible, and I wouldn't subject my display if I thought for a minute it would tamper with the coatings. I'm Not speaking for all cleaning products, I'm speaking for the ones that are designed like Whoosh and Clean Screen that are intended for iPad displays. It's the same products Apple uses in their stores.
I understand the claims, and I am not really disputing their claims. I just don’t believe that if they really won’t harm the coating, then they are basically water already. You are spending money for a product that will not perform any better than what you already have. And while the Apple Store may use Whoosh, Apple support clearly states use a cloth dampened with water only, as does every other screen manufacturer I have ever heard of. Also, I do not know how you use your cleaner, but never spray the screen. Again every screen manufacturer instructs you to dampen a cloth, and never apply liquid directly to the screen.

Whatever cleaner you use may be safe. It just won’t work any better than a damp cloth making it a waste of time and money. This is a case where the simple solution is actually the most effective and safe.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht204172
 
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Relentless Power

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I understand the claims, and I am not really disputing their claims. I just don’t believe that if they really won’t harm the coating, then they are basically water already. You are spending money for a product that will not perform any better than what you already have. And while the Apple Store may use Whoosh, Apple support clearly states use a cloth dampened with water only, as does every other screen manufacturer I have ever heard of. Also, I do not know how you use your cleaner, but never spray the screen. Again every screen manufacturer instructs you to dampen a cloth, and never apply liquid directly to the screen.

Whatever cleaner you use may be safe. It just won’t work any better than a damp cloth making it a waste of time and money. This is a case where the simple solution is actually the most effective and safe.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht204172
You can choose whatever method works best for you And I'm not suggesting otherwise. My Cleaning method differs from yours, but I also do use microfiber cloths as well. What Apple uses in the store and what Apple care suggests is two different things though. Whoosh is a safe Product for iPad displays, as that's how It's intended. However, AppleCare is only warning the consumer of the following from the link you provided:

Cleaning the iPad:

"Don't use window cleaners, household cleaners, compressed air, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide to clean iPad."

Basically it's advising the consumer to not use house hold products to clean your displays for those who might be ignorant. Furthermore, AppleCare doesn't suggest to NOT use products that are safe for iPad displays, because they can't speak for other third party manufacturers.

That said, you quoted:

"I would never trust anything except a microfiber cloth, dampened if necessary. Anything else is not likely to be any more effective without doing more to strip away the coatings already on the screen."

Which again is perfectly fine to use a microfiber cloth, but other tested products won't "Strip" away the coatings, especially if they are Tested and guaranteed like Whoosh and Clean Screen are, which are reputable. Regardless, The oleophobic naturally will wear off with general use, wiping with a cloth or intended cleaners. But I would not use a product that is questionable or if I was uncertain of it.

But I do agree to never spray any water/cleaner on the display of any electronic product, which also, the manufacturer on any display cleaning product should suggest this also. It's also overlooked, but important to read the directions.
 
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