Cleaning my iPad screen

I finally decided to buy a couple soluble cleaners for my iOS device screens. I don’t know why it took me so long. I should have known a while ago that cleaning only with a microfiber cloth wasn’t enough to combat germs from my preschool speech groups. I don’t even want to think about how much bacteria is on my iPad, which I use daily with kids who continually stick their fingers in their mouths.

The first cleaner I purchased was iKlear on for $14.98. The kit included a 2 oz. spray bottle, two microfiber cloths, and several moist towelettes for traveling. The directions recommended spraying the cloth prior to applying it to iOS device screens. I followed the directions to easily remove fingerprints and drool marks on my iPad.

Although the iKlear product cleaned the surface of my iPad screen, I wasn’t convinced that it removed bacteria. The packaging didn’t suggest that it did. So, when I was recently at the local Apple Store, I noticed another soluble cleaner called Monster Clean Touch. On the back of the packaging, I immediately saw a graphic showing how the product removed 99.9% of bacteria. I was sold for $14.95. The kit I purchased included a 20 mL bottle of spray in addition to a microfiber cloth and carrying pouch. The directions recommended spraying the screen directly, then wiping it dry with the cloth. The spray worked just as well as iKlear in removing smudges and fingerprints, but I also knew it was effectively removing bacteria. Plus, the kit is easy to transport in the carrying pouch. 

Other than having a sufficient number of microfiber cloths, I now have two soluble cleaners for my iOS devices. I will likely continue to use both to see which I like better. However, I have a feeling I’ll use the Monster Clean Touch more – the knowledge of removing preschooler germs is very significant.


9 thoughts on “Cleaning my iPad screen

  1. Thanks for the tip. It’s Monster Cloth for me. Do you use a screen protector(film) on you iPad? Looking forward to more posts once you finish your school year:) susan

  2. You’re welcome! No, I don’t use a screen protector on my iPad. I previously tried one (when I first purchased an iPhone) without much success. It was always collecting dust underneath and peeling off. From that time on, I felt I would be fine without “protecting” the scratch resistant screens on iOS devices.

  3. Eric,
    I, too, work with preschoolers so very familiar with ” drool pool” and other unsanitary stuff collecting on my screen. Thanks for the tip about the Apple cleaning product. I’ll check it out. But I have been using a very good screen protector from Zagg with no issues that you experienced. It was expensive ( $30) but with my first iPad, I was very risk averse. Now, I’m going to get another one for my iPad 2. Because of the protection, I just used the same wipes we use at school to clean the tables, chairs, etc. It worked!
    On another note, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your apps. I was so inspired that I wrote a grant to provide students of special ed the opportunity to use this incredible technology. It’s so much more personal than moving kids to a computer, considering that transitions are bit difficult for some of our little ones anyway. Well, we were awarded it last week. Exciting news, right? Then I realized that I have to follow through and ….there goes the summer! But seriously this will be wonderful for the students. I asked a very compenant colleague to sign on with me as our discipline is so narrow and I wanted this grant to lead to wider use, eventually regular Ed also. Looking forward to more posts from you. Now back to more report writing…

    • @Carole, Thanks for sharing your good experience regarding Zagg. I know a co-worker who also had success with the Zagg invisibleSHIELD.

      Thank you also for the compliments on my apps. I’m happy to hear that you wrote a grant and it was accepted.

  4. I also use a grant-award of an iPad for just about everything with my spec needs preschoolers. It’s an amazing tool and I feel like the Pied Piper when I use it. As far as cleaning, since I have a screen protector on it, I use a bottle of Listerene Spray that has been diluted with water ( we use it in class to sanitize toys). Works like a charm.

  5. I appreciate all of the “sanitation” suggestions here. We had a “think tank” ipad training last week with several Birth to three service providers using the iPad with very young children and I shared your info. with them. Thanks so much!

  6. I just found your blog/website and I am loving it. Thank you so much for posting! I have recently started a blog of my own to try to compile some of the resources I have found useful. Feel free to visit anytime. I would love some feedback and collaboration from other SLPs. Good luck with your new ventures in the technology realm. We need some good experienced SLPs developing these technologies.

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