Once and for all, what CAN'T be used to clean the screen.

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Slip Jigs, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

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    There are so many threads about what people use to clean their iPhone and iPad screens, links to where to get the products, etc. This is all good information, but my experience with screen cleaners has been not so good.

    First, theyre expensive. Second, most of the ones I've bought don't work. They're either too dry, or they dry up quickly. Sometimes, when you do find a good one, the store ends up discontinuing it, or the product itself changes.

    So really, are household glass cleaners bad? Are there certain ingredients that make them bad? If something is OK for the iPhone, is it OK for the iPad as well?
     
  2. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    no glass cleaner....just invest in a microfiber cloth and you won't need an actual "cleaner" iKlear is what is reccomended at the Apple store but I think that removes the coating on the glass
     
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    What can't be used to clean the screen? Lots of things. For example sandpaper, bricks and live squid should not be used.
     
  4. sbddude macrumors 6502a

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    steel wool, scotch brite pads...

    all sarcasm aside, just stick with a clean microfiber cloth.
     
  5. vizkiz macrumors 6502a

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    Sandpaper, blow torches, a shotgun, etc.

    I usually just use a drop or two of water and my shirt, but I have a power support anti-glare screen protector. I've also used a drop or two of alcohol-based hand cleaner if my screen is especially smudgy and I don't think water will quite take care of it.
     
  6. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    haha made me laugh...

    but seriously... use NOTHING.. except for a good cloth (like what comes with it) and SOMETIMES (if it's really dirty) a DROP of water.
     
  7. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    I thought shotguns were okay??:confused:
     
  8. Eso macrumors 68000

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    No.
     
  9. vizkiz macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, for cleaning the streets, but not your phone.
     
  10. Paratel macrumors 6502

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    asphalt, concrete, belt sander, Dremel Tool and a Cat's tongue should not be used.
     
  11. mavrick1903 macrumors member

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    I disagree. I've had great luck with live squid.
     
  12. vizkiz macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. The squid helps get the boogers off the screen (that I used to clean my ear wax smudges off) that are now dried out on there. Then I use an acid bath to get the squid smell off the phone.
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Soft cloth and water to dampen the towel.

    Anything beyond that and you risk reducing the life of the coating. Some chemicals are more harsh than others, and even though paper towels seem soft they are rather abrasive.

    Generally the cleaning solutions made for these products and electronics won't negatively impact the live of the electronic item since its life will end before you see a lot of damage -- unless you are OCD and spend your day cleaning it.

    Since you are spraying the cleaner on the towel and wiping it off, you shouldn't run into any drying out and leaving spots. Spraying liquids AT electronic items is usually a last resort for that stubborn spot -- especially since you don't want liquids to get inside and corrode or short out your equipment, or trip a liquid sensor.
     
  14. iApples macrumors 65816

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    What can't be used?

    Cement, oil, gasoline.. Those are just a few.
     
  15. RebeccaL macrumors 6502a

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    Here is the official cleaning isntrucion from Apple. Those are for Mac and iPad display but the same applies to iPhone:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3226


    A nice list of what not to use.
     
  16. iAmYou, Apr 5, 2011
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    iAmYou macrumors 6502

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    Apple has pulled iKlear from the retail and online stores.
    In favor of CLENS created by Bausch+Lomb for Apple.
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/H3531LL/A?mco=MTY3ODQ5OTY
     
  17. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    I usually just use my shirt or one of those little Apple cloths that came with my old iPhone 3G or iMac.
     
  18. dontworry macrumors 6502

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    seriously. I use my t-shirt for my phone with no problems.
     
  19. Slip Jigs thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I opened myself up for some of those responses.

    Thank you for the laugh, for the link to the Apple site and ONE scientific response regarding reducing the life of the coating.

    Whether a liquid or solvent is needed in addition to just a cloth, that depends on how dirty the screen is and what's on it. The iPhone isn't so bad, but the iPad gets dirty fast and a cloth with nothing on it will just smear the dirt around.
     
  20. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    iKlear is fine. this is what I was reccomended.
     

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