Cleaning Micro Fiber Side of Smart Cover?

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    Before 14 people tell me that this subject has been previously discussed, let me say I've researched the issue here and found no credible solution posted.
    All I'm trying to find out is, is there any practical way to effectively clean the micro fiber lining material on the iPad Smart Covers. I find that as a result of holding the iPad by the SC for extended periods, skin oils and prespiration contaminated it and leaves a greasy flm on the display. Is there a safe solvent/cloth/technique for eliminating this problem without destroying the leather other side?
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    OK - sorry about that - I only have an iPad1...:(

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    Well, I've not thought about that issue since my iPad is fairly new - but micorfiber is fairly delicate, so I'd suspect a 'careful' option - :)

    A little googling brought up up THIS OPTION, i.e. a lint roller - might give it a try? Good luck and please post back if this or another solution works for you - thanks.
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    Well, works for me when I click on the link - :confused:

    Try the one below:

    Great Way to Clean Your Smart Cover Microfiber Lining! - MacRumors Forums
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    Works for me too!!

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    Must be some quirk with my browser, I'm using MSN and this happens sometimes!
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    Well, I've attached a 'screen capture' of most of the post in a forum called 'MacRumors' - hope that it shows up well enough to view? Also below is the link w/o using the URL selection - :)


    forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1122265&highlight=

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    Thanks!

    Thanks for going to the trouble of doing that. That I'm sure would help with particulate debris but what I'm really trying to deal with is the oily residue that accumulates from skin oils and perspiration from holding the micro fiber surface for long periods such as while gaming and reading. This is what gets on the iPad's display from the cover.
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    Also from laying it on a dirty kitchen table! I hear ya on this one. Keep checking and report back when you find the solution.
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    Here are my thoughts. Microfiber is suppose to be one of the easiest fabrics to clean. You could try a damp cloth first. If that doesn't work, maybe a very mild solution of Dawn dish soap. This stuff really cuts grease. Follow it up with the clean damp cloth. Another thought is a dry cleaning solution spot type cleaner available at Ace Hardware. Maybe even some rubbing alcohol might work?
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    Well, I was looking around the house for something 'gentle' to start w/ attempting to clean the smart cover, both front and back. Well at our ages, my wife & I use 'flushable' Cottonelle wipes (come in all sorts of offerings, cheap, and quite gentle).

    A wipe did a great job on the front w/ little effort, but there are likely other solutions for that 'plastic-like' material. I did try one on the 'microfiber' cover, used a little rubbing in both directions (not too hard), then dried off the surface w/ my hair blower on low setting - much of the dirt & stains were removed but not all. Now, there may be a better option but I would still be wary of damaging the material and leaving a residue of a substance that might remove part of the oleophobic coating on the glass.

    Looking forward to other suggestions - I'm amazed that googling cleaning this material brings up mainly responses from uses and not the manufacturers except maybe for furniture. :(

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    Guess I need to come out with the next iPad product :)
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    Also, a tip for not getting the microfiber dirty in the first place is to fold the cover in the opposite direction from that shown in the Apple advertisement. In other words, leaving the leather on the outside rather than on the inside. After adopting this practice, I find that my Smart Cover seldom leaves the streaks on the screen that it used to. I've never really cleaned mine though, and use a stylus 80% of the time.
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    I have used woolite foam rug cleaner on my expensive leather purses to get stains off of it with very good success. Not any rubbing required. Wonder if that would work,
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    Wow, i thought the smart cover was supposed to be folded so that the leather is on the outside in the first place. It only makes sense to protect the integrity of the side that actually touches the screen before the outside of the cover....dontcha think? I obviously wasnt paying attention to the commercial very well either.

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    Yes, it does make sense. But, I've seen many people folding it in the nonsensical way...
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    In addition, when hand holding, it makes sense to fold the cover in half, exposing only the outside. Not fully across the back (as a lot of people do) which leaves the microfiber side fully exposed.

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