You use your hands and fingers all over the iPad, but that's what it's designed for, right? Removing stains and dirt is an essential part of caring for your tablet. This article describes the correct and safe way to clean your iPad's touchscreen. All you need is a high quality microfiber cleaning cloth or lens tissue and you're ready to go. Read on for more instructions.
Method 1 of 2: Cleaning Your iPad
Step 1. Make sure your iPad is completely disconnected and press the "Sleep" button at the top of the device or turn it off completely
Remove any additional external cables and / or electronics that may still be connected to the iPad.
Step 2. If you have one, remove the iPad Cleaning Cloth from the package
It is a black microfiber cloth that came with the tablet. Shake the cloth briskly in the air to remove any unwanted microfiber particles.
Step 3. Check your iPad screen for any grains or large particles
You don't want to accidentally turn debris into abrasive by rubbing it across the screen.
Step 4. Use compressed air if necessary to blow off any debris and not scratch your iPad screen
Note: If your can of compressed air is blowing out frosty air, be careful not to get moisture in any of the openings on the iPad, and especially on the screen itself
Step 5. Swipe the iPad cleaning cloth across the screen of your device
If you don't have one that came with your iPad, you can also use:
- Any microfiber material
- Any lens cloth you might use for your glasses
- Any soft, lint-free material
Do not use: napkins, towels, paper towels, or any similar item on your iPad. These can damage the tablet screen
Step 6. Wipe gently with the iPad Cleaning Cloth in a circular motion until the screen is clean
Step 7. Check for any oil or dirt stains
See how your iPad shines like new with just a few circular motions!
Step 8. Repeat this step after each use or as needed
This will help keep your iPad clean and free of fingerprints and smudges.
Step 9. It is advisable not to use the following items to clean your iPad
Tablet screens are equipped with an oleophobic coating that is sensitive and requires only a thin material to clean. The following items will damage the oleophobic coating when used to clean iPad:
- Window or household cleaners
- Aerosol sprays
- Abrasive materials
Method 2 of 2: Tips for keeping iPad clean
Step 1. Consider buying a tight case and lid
The market is overflowing with iPad cases; they are everywhere you look, and deciding which one to buy is even more difficult. Here are some general tips you can apply when looking for an iPad case:
- Find something form-fitting that doesn't get in the way of working on the device. You should choose a case that acts as a kind of second skin for the iPad, but one that doesn't make using the tablet difficult or time consuming.
- Unless the items fit very well, stay away from leather cases. Leather cases are beautiful, and iPad looks great in them, but they do not really adhere to the tablet, they let the dust and sand that gets between the case or cover and the device itself.
Step 2. Clean your iPad regularly
You don't have to do this every time you use your tablet, but if you use your device frequently, a little minute of your careful cleaning will ensure that iPad's service lasts for glorious years without smudges or grime.
Step 3. Never spray any liquid directly on iPad
Moisture + open iPad = disaster. As a general rule of thumb, avoid using liquids when cleaning iPad to protect its oleophobic coating.
If you feel like you need to use iPad cleaner, go for something like iKlenz Cleaner Solution. This product repels dust, and in addition kills bacteria. When used correctly, the specified cleaning fluid should also provide a streak-free shine
Step 4. Done
- Always keep an iPad cleaning cloth with you when wiping the screen after each use to avoid fingerprints and debris buildup.
- Be sure to wash the iPad Cleaning Cloth as needed or after intensive use.
- Make sure your iPad is turned off or in sleep mode to avoid accidentally opening apps or moving icons.
- DO NOT use alcohol, ammonia-based window cleaners, or any other cleaning spray or chemicals on the iPad screen, as this will destroy the coating and reduce the sensitivity of the device.
- DO NOT get your iPad wet.