How do you keep your screen clean?

Shay41

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 5, 2012
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I don't want to use a screen protector, but my screen already has a ton of fingerprints. For those who don't use a screen protector, what do you use to clean the screen?
 

AaronMT

macrumors regular
Jun 23, 2009
144
6
Toronto
Go to Office Depot/Staples and get yourself a micro-fibre cloth and LCD cleaner, they both work fine for me.
 

bufffilm

Suspended
May 3, 2011
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2,497
microfiber+water, cheap and simple.

why so quick to rule out a clear screen protector? you get one of those and you'll only have to wipe the display down maybe once a month. and it'll stay cleaner between cleanings.
 

Built

macrumors 68020
Oct 3, 2007
2,104
17
Los Angeles
I moisten a corner of microfiber cloth with water and wipe it down, then use the dry portion to dry and shine it.

I also have a Power Support Crystal Film protector to avoid possible nicks and scratches. While the glass is very strong, the oleophobic coating has been known to scratch...
 

JohnDoe98

macrumors 68020
May 1, 2009
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99
I'd recommend against using cleaners on the screen. I'd use that and a micro-fiber cloth on my iPad 1 and it ended up with all kinds of small scratches from the dust that would accumulate in the micro-fiber cloth. I don't know if the coating wore down due to the cleaners, but I suspect that is what happened. These products were labeled as "safe" for all screens, including specifically the iPad.

I'd recommend using water only, and perhaps a micro-fiber cloth, or just use paper towel with water. That's what I've done on my iPhone 4 and it stays very clean and without scratched. The coating still seems impeccable on the iPhone.
 

JohnDoe98

macrumors 68020
May 1, 2009
2,483
99
microfiber+water, cheap and simple.

why so quick to rule out a clear screen protector? you get one of those and you'll only have to wipe the display down maybe once a month. and it'll stay cleaner between cleanings.
I haven't found a screen protector yet that doesn't make the display considerably less sharp. Even those advertised as being crystal clear aren't.
 

Rogzilla

macrumors regular
Sep 11, 2007
192
6
The Smart Cover works more or less. It doesn't really make it perfect, but it does help.
 

sekazi

macrumors 6502
Jan 12, 2012
469
84
1qt bottle of 90% alcohol and a gallon of distilled water. Mix together and put in a spray bottle.

You can use a paper towel or terry cloth to wipe the screen clean after you spray it.

DO NOT ever fall for those screen cleaners in the store. All they are is distilled water and alcohol marked up over 1000%.
 

jojoba

macrumors 68000
Dec 9, 2011
1,582
21
Microfiber cloth and the spray that I get from the optician to clean my glasses.
 

donnaw

macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2011
1,134
6
Austin TX
I just use a washcloth, damp on one end, wipe, polish with the dry part. No need to make it complicated. Just be sure the cloth you use is clean. A small piece of dust might scratch the coating.