The interactive touch screen of the Apple iPad sees a lot of finger traffic as you navigate through the many menus and features. Despite its fingerprint resistant coating, you will need to clean the iPad’s screen from time to time. Using the right cleaning products will ensure that you do not damage your iPad. Before you clean the screen, turn off the iPad and remove all cable connections.
Soft Cloth - A soft cloth provides the most important tool in the iPad cleaning arsenal. A lint-free, microfiber cloth, such as an eyeglass cleansing cloth, offers the best solution. A soft sock, however, also provides an inexpensive and green solution for cleaning the screen. Gently wipe the screen to remove fingerprints and other smudges. Use the cloth dry or slightly moistened.
Water - If stubborn smudges adorn your iPad screen, dampen a cloth with water and gently wipe them away. Lukewarm distilled water or plain tap water work well. Do not use very hot or very cold water; it can damage the screen. Do not saturate the cloth; excessive liquid can permanently damage the components of your iPad.
What Not To Use - Using the wrong tools to remove the fingerprints from your iPad screen can wear down the protective coating and scratch the screen. Do not use household chemicals such as Windex or other glass cleaners. The ammonia and other chemicals in these products can remove the protective coating and potentially damage the iPad's screen. Do not use paper towels, tissues or other abrasive products because they can scratch the screen.
Precautions - Use only gentle pressure when cleaning the screen. Pressing too hard can damage the internal components of your iPad and may crack the screen. When using water to clean the screen, don't allow the liquid to pool on your iPad and avoid getting moisture in any openings. In addition, don't spray the iPad with water. Instead, spray the cloth directly.