Cleaning the i pad

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    Is there anything we shouldn't use to clean our I pads?

    I have been using my home made windex. Just alcohol and water. With a paper towel then finish off with a microfiber cloth
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    I just use the screen cloth that came with my iPad. No liquids or wipes just the cloth and it works a treat. Leaves no residue or streaks like wipes do.
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    Hmmmm, I didn't get a screen cloth with my ipad2. :-(
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    Wow....things like that make no sense! Cmon apple, wake up!
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    I didn't get one with my iPad 2 either. Sniff.
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    I doubt anyone got a cleaning cloth with their iPad. Maybe it came with some accessory, but definitely not with the iPad box.
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    Cleaning instructions from user's guide:

    From page 35:


    Cleaning iPad

    To clean iPad, unplug all cables and turn of iPad (press and hold the Sleep/ Wake
    button, then slide the onscreen slider). Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid
    getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol
    sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. The iPad screen has an
    oleophobic coating; simply wipe the screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil
    left by your hands. The ability of this coating to repel oil will diminish over time with
    normal usage, and rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will further diminish
    its effect and may scratch your screen.
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    just a damp mico fiber towel they work the best
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    Oh dear, been using baby wipes for nine months. It lives, it works, it cleans and smells fresh.....
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    Don't use Windex or any other cleaners. Apple claims that the use of cleaners over time will wear of the special coating off the glass.

    Use a woven microfiber cloth used for cleaning lenses. Apple has them for a lot of money, or you can find the same thing at Rite Aid Pharmacy in their eyeglass cleaning department for about $5.

    Gently wipe and/or blow away any large grit from the screen, then gently wipe the fingerprints off with the cloth waded up. Shake out the cloth frequently and wash it every so often. The glass cleans very easily with no damage.

    I bought 6 or 7 cloths and keep them everywhere I usually use my iPad.
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    The cloth that came with my wife's Apple cover is the same thing as my Oakley and Tifosi sunglasses use, a fake silk microfiber weave.
    For cleaning mine beyond what the cloth will do I use a damp paper towel. A clean piece of fleece will work in a pinch


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    I use wet wipes, too. (But I also have a screen protector, so I'm actually cleaning that, rather than the oleophobic-coated glass itself.)
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    Lol, Hasty!
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    Me either. Got mine in May 10 so maybe they were rushed LOL. I have plenty of lens microfiber cloths, same thing though.

    Diane
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    Any thoughts on ZEISS brand lens cleaning wipes avaiable at WalMart? They contain alcoho since they feel cool when opened and evaporate quickly ....
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    I did not one with my ipad1 either
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    Use a soft, slightly damp, lint-free cloth. Avoid
    getting moisture in openings. Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol
    sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean iPad. The iPad screen has an
    oleophobic coating; simply wipe the screen with a soft, lint-free cloth to remove oil
    left by your hands.
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    May I assume that it is safe to wash the screen with a wet cloth? Obviously just the screen, not any of the buttons/edges.
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    I used to use a soft, damp cotton cloth. Cleaning took forever as the fingerprints just smeared around. Try a dry microfiber cloth made for this kind of cleaning. Fingerprints practically disappear as you gently rub the screen. And the screen has no oily residue after cleaning.

    You only need a touch of moisture for cleaning when you have spots of stuff on the screen other than fingerprints. The "haw" technique with microfiber works really well! :)
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    Well, I have a somewhat sticky situation on the screen, so a mere dry microfiber cloth does not clean it.

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