Screen cleaning cloths

Discussion in 'iPad' started by marty1990, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. marty1990 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    I use the cloth that came with my Ray Ban sunglasses to clean my iPads screen. Is that a microfibre cloth/suitable for cleaning the iPads screen?
  2. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    That should be ok, though you might need some spray if the dust has been on for a while or you have some sticky residue on there.

    I like to use windex and S.O.S pads for the stuck on stains.:D (just kidding)
  3. marty1990 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    so far dry wiping has been fine. okay cool, just checking it was a microfibre cloth. don't need to buy apple's cleaning cloth thing now!
  4. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
    My preference is using a clean damp cloth with warm water and wipe away the fingerprints etc. That dry it with a clean dry cotton cloth. Buff to a golden shine. :eek:

    Never had a problem.
  5. Simacca macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2008
    UK, South East.
    I use a cheap, large microfibre cloth. Works great for me :)
  6. Beta Particle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2012
    I'd recommend a thin microfiber cloth that has some amount of texture to it. Glasses cleaning cloths are generally too small and too smooth, so they usually just end up shifting things around on the screen rather than cleaning it. I've found that to often be the case with many screen-cleaning kits. They usually give you an alcohol-based spray which helps alleviate this so they can sell you refills, but you shouldn't need anything more than water.

    Similarly, if you get a long-pile microfiber cloth, they tend to just accumulate dirt/grease over time and make things worse. (and cheap ones can be somewhat abrasive)

    Something specifically made for cleaning glass like this cloth, rather than screens/lenses (where they're really selling the spray) is pretty good:

    While no-one has mentioned it yet, never use a paper towel/tissue to clean the screen. Paper-based products are abrasive and could potentially damage the surface of the display.

    And I would strongly recommend cleaning with a damp cloth rather than dry. Usually you will be OK when dry, but you will regret it if a small piece of grit or something sharp enough to damage the display gets picked up by the cloth and creates a nice big scratch across it as you clean.

    I usually just wet 1/3 of the cloth with warm water (dries off easier) to clean the screen with, then fold it up and use the dry side to dry it off so there are no streaks.

    Some of those thin glass-cleaning cloths have a smooth side and a more textured one, and it's the more textured one that you want to use when cleaning.
  7. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
  8. Rodster macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2007
  9. pdqgp macrumors 68020


    Mar 23, 2010

    Yes, it will be fine.
  10. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    +1, with a little bit of water when needed for the screen not to scratch.
  11. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I don't think it is a microfiber cloth but it is probably fine. You can get something from iKlear which is great. The cloth will last a long time. I've seen little microfiber pads with advertising printed on them. Curious. Work really well.
  12. maxap macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2008
  13. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Same here for all my Macs, iPhone and iPad.....I even put them through the washing machine once a month or so....Just plain old water and micro fibre works fine. Never used chemicals of any kind.
  14. Mix1 macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2012
    Leicester, UK
    I just use a cheap microfibre cloth i picked up from the local hardware store.

    Seems to do the trick :)
  15. Benson11 macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2012
    Try to use thin microfiber cloths for cleaning your ipad.
  16. Scott Baret macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2011
    I, too, typically use the cloth I clean my glasses with. It's a bit small for an iPad but does the job; the size is more suitable for the iPhone and iPad. I also use this cloth for my two glossy laptop screens.

    (For the record, I also have two non-glossy displays and use iKlear wipes on them).

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