KimWipes for cleaning iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kevintech, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. kevintech macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2010
    How do you all feel about wiping away oil and fingerprints with just a kimwipes and no detergent or anything else? Will it wear off the oleo phobic coating? Will it scratch the glass with long term use of KimWipes?

  2. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
  3. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68040


    May 18, 2009
    Kimwipes should be fine since they are used for sensitive lab equipment/photo/optical equipment.

    I mean, if you can take a kimwipe to an optical lens, you should be fine with an iphone screen.

    The question is would you want to spend the money to do that? A soft cotton t-shirt suffices.
  4. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
  5. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Sounds to me like some of that there foreigner stuff. Not something a good, red blooded, patriotic American would use on his iPhone :rolleyes: :D
  6. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    If you are getting your wipe for free from work, that is good.

    In the long run get a microfiber cloth and it will do it for years. They will not ever wear out.

    Less is better:)
  7. fins831 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2011
  8. ToddH macrumors 65816


    Jul 5, 2010
    Central Tx
    Hey, I use the microfiber cloths from Bed Bath & Beyond. I bought the 10 pack for $10 and they work great. I just wet them with water and ring it out until it's just damp and wipe the phone down. then I wipe off the moisture from the phone with a dry one. they work great and ALL of the dirt, oil, finger prints is removed. I do this a few times a week. Phone still looks brand new. Here is a link. I'm sure any of these displayed in this link will work fine.
    Hope this helps...

  9. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    280 for $8 isn't bad on the grand scheme of things.

    But I second overkill.
    Use a reusable lens cloth like you can get at any eyeglass place and water.
  10. TL24 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2011
    I second this, iKlear is amazing stuff!
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Any soft cloth works, including exhale and wipe with your shirt.
  12. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I know I'll probably get flamed but I use a paper towel with a light spray of windex. Never hurt any of my other non iPhone phones. :) Makes it look brand new.

    Anyway if what I've been doing has had no ill effect no way a kimwipe will hurt anything.
  13. kamuix macrumors regular


    Feb 9, 2011
    i think kim wipes might be okay, although i wouldn't use it on the lens of the camera as it would scratch. lens paper does the trick. but like everyone else said, a good microfiber cloth works great.
  14. kevintech thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2010
    Yes I use the ones from work and it works great!!

    I'm just concerned about the oleo phobic coating. My iPhone 4S is like 2 weeks new and I want the screen to feel nice forever! Are we certain microfiber cloths do not scratch it?
  15. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010
    My shirts and pants have cleaned my iPhones for years with no ill affect. I work in the optics industry making lenses and have access to all the good stuff, but honestly, a shirt, rag or cloth is fine.
  16. Manji69 macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2012
  17. kbfr08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2007
    Lol, you cocky bastards from New England always think you're better than us Americans! I will admit that your clam chowder is much better than that manhattan crap, but still...

    Anyway, I get boxes of kimwipes from my chem instructor for free. They're great if you need to clean some sensitive equipment, I use it for phone LCDs that are sealed off behind the touchscreen. For everything else, I use a 3M microfiber electronics cloth and it works wonders, but will leave dust (like most microfiber cloths).
  18. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Why would kim wipes, a product made to keep sensitive lenses and stuff from scratching, wear down the iPhone screen? Simply put, it's a waste of a kimwipe IMO. But if you want to do it, go for it.
  19. emjaycee18 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2010
    Kim Wipes work great over the whole phone. I use Kim Wipes to clean my phone while I'm at work. I also use Kim Wipes to clean my microscope lenses and objectives at work, which are much more sensitive than the iPhone camera. Just make sure that you use a new wipe over the camera. The Kim Wipe won't scratch it, but some of the crap collected on it might.
  20. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    Been using for years and not a problem. Have one cloth at office and one at desk at home and they remove oil and finger prints with only a slight amount of rubbing. If the phone is spotted a little "breath" will fog enough so the cloth can even remove that.

    The "OP" coating is not that delicate. If your wipes are working for you and you do not have to buy them, I would use them and be happy! You will get a hundred suggestions here, do what works best for YOU!


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