Remove dust on the screen with an air blower

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Fantoni, Jun 2, 2012.

  1. Fantoni macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    Hi, I currently live in a very dusty environment and, as a consequence, the screen of my iPad is frequently covered with dust.

    As recommended by Apple, I use a lint free cloth to clean the screen, but I fear that dust specks could scratch the glass when moved under the cloth.

    My brother, who is a professional photographer uses some air blowers (Giottos or Bergeon) to remove dust from lens, so I would like to use them for blow the dust off the screen of the iPad, but I have a doubt: could the air blow produce static electricity on the glass of the iPad, making it more dust greedy and so worsening the problem?

  2. sl33pyhead macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2009
    When I was overprotective of my iPad for like the first few weeks i was concerned about the cloth thing as well... As long as it's not a rock or something underneath it don't worry about scratches this thing is resilient. My friend just uses his sleeve.

    Air blower... That won't get off smudges only dust. I've done it before just cuz. No problems.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Use the micro fibre cloth to remove finger marks etc. When dust accumulates, get a good quality varnishing brush, and remove the dust that way...If you are in a really dusty areas, consider a cover when not in use.
  4. rob12770 macrumors member

    May 28, 2012
    Scotland U.K
  5. Todthebod macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2007
    Microfiber cloth will kind of pic up the dust via static instead of sliding it around on the glass.


    U mad? Someone wanting to take care of their electronic device? horrors.
  6. HiddenPuppy macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2011
    I wanted to put a screen protector on and I used the air method and the micro fiber but ALWAYS end up with some dust under the screen protector, I think it generated static electricity that drew the dust, so I just gave up. No screen protector and I use a micro fiber cloth with a little water mist to clean the screen, works good and doesn't scratch.

    I remember when plastic lenses first came out for glasses, yes I am old :D, I was told never use kleenex or paper towels, etc to clean your glasses or you will scratch the coating and then the plastic lenses. After that it went to no problem as long as the lens is wet, so the dust doesn't rub across the lens dry. So with all my electronic things I have always used this practice. No scratches.

    Have a great day,

    P.S. Not sure if any of this applies to you, sorry if it is off subject.
  7. Fantoni thread starter macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    Using a lightly damp microfiber cloth is clearly the best method to clean the screen (and is it recommended by Apple too), but my screen is not dirty, it is simply covered with dust (my house is currently a construction site). In my case, the air blower seems very effective to clean the screen, but I fear that all these air blows could generate static electricity on the glass and, as a result, worsening the problem in the long run.
  8. HiddenPuppy macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2011
    That has been my experience when trying to put the screen protectors on, seems like the air can just attracts the dust. But what I was saying about the damp cloth is that it will get the dust off and in theory not scratch the screen. Kind of a pain to do it that way, but if your situation is temporary as far as the amount of dust it should work.

  9. JMG macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2006
    Why not use a screen protector and just wipe it off with almost any cloth without worrying about damaging a screen, but a $20 screen protector instead?
  10. Mikes2pads macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2012
    Everyone here's correct.
    An eyeglasses cloth is a good way to avoidswirlmarkswhich will take years to do on glass like this. Microfiber is good.
    Why not get a good crystal clear screen film / protector... Then wipe it until your hand can't wipe anymore.
    My gumdrop drop case has a screen shield and I can't seem to scratch that. iPads glass is top shelf. You really could use your sleeve
  11. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007

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