All iPads How do you clean your iPad Air/ mini Smart case?


macrumors member
Original poster
Aug 17, 2013
I've purchased my iPad mini Smart Case about 2 months ago. That's a relatively short time, but considering I've picked up the red one instead of the black one, it immediately showed signs of use. I did extensive research before I dropped 4,190 Philippine Pesos (roughly US$95). Some people love the "aged" look of the leather and so to say, I am not one of them.

I'd like to know how you, or if you even clean your Air/mini SC.
The Support website from Apple above says something but is rather vague.

I'd like to hear specific remarks on how to clean the leather and microfiber respectively.

I'd like to share some shots of my case as of now and how it was before daily use.

Day 0

Volume buttons dye coming off


Dark, dark edges

Dark Microfiber



macrumors 6502a
Dec 6, 2012
"bad" buy

would you be brave to accept that it was a "bad" buy and you just set it aside and go for black?

I have a black one and besides the occasional microfibers that stick on the leathery surface there isn't much cleaning going on


macrumors newbie
Oct 24, 2013
Have the same product red smart case, it quickly gets dirty same as yours. Its dyed aniline leather cant do much cleaning and you just have to live with it.:) I'm not planning to buy leather cleaners and conditioners, i would rather buy a new one (learned my lesson I'm buying a black case).


macrumors 65816
Jul 24, 2008
Have you tried...warm water?

That is the recommend cleaner on my leather couch. Just a warm damp cloth, and dry it with a towel.

Water is a very good solvent for most organic matters.