How to Keep the iPad Screen Clean
If you’ve been playing with your iPad, you know — despite Apple’s claim that iPads have fingerprint-resistant screens — that iPads are fingerprint magnets. They’re covered with an oil-resistant coating, but that definitely doesn’t mean they’re smudge-proof. One way to avoid those finger smudges is by obtaining an inexpensive stylus.
Here are some tips about cleaning your iPad screen:
Use a dry, soft cloth. You can get most fingerprints off with a dry, soft cloth such as the one you use to clean your eyeglasses or a cleaning tissue that’s lint- and chemical-free. Or try products used to clean lenses in labs, such as Kimwipes or Kaydry, which you can get from several major retailers such as Amazon.
Use a slightly moistened soft cloth. To get the surface even cleaner, very slightly moisten the cloth before you use it to clean the screen. Again, make sure that whatever cloth material you use is lint-free.
Remove the cables. This may go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: If you don’t want a fried iPad, turn it off and unplug any cables from it before cleaning the screen with a moistened cloth.
Avoid too much moisture. Avoid getting too much moisture around the edges of the screen where it can seep into the unit.
Never use any household cleaners on your iPad screen. They can degrade the coating that keeps the screen from absorbing oil from your fingers.
Do not use pre-moistened lens-cleaning tissues to clean your screen. Most of these wipe products contain alcohol, which can damage the screen’s coating.