How to Clean a Touchscreen Device the Safe Way

How to Clean a Touchscreen Device the Safe WayWhether it be a smartphone or a tablet, we have all experienced those grimy fingerprints on our touchscreens. Cleaning a touchscreen device is fairly simple and you most likely have everything you need already. But the most important part of cleaning a greasy screen is remembering what you shouldn’t use.

Products such as Windex do a great job of cleaning windows and sliding glass doors. But in order to get the glass extremely clean, these kinds of products may contain minor amounts of abrasives, ammonia, or alcohol to get that glass squeaky clean. Some tissue products may actually contain small amounts of lotion to protect sensitive noses, but can add to the grime on the touchscreen. There are commercial products you can buy to clean your screen, but these products are generally not needed.

In addition to glass cleaners, one should not use any abrasive types of cloth, paper towels, or even tissue paper. These products can actually leave behind small scratches, which can, over time, build up and dull the touchscreen. You must also be aware of whether your touchscreen device is made of plastic or glass. Glass, in general, is easier to clean, while plastic screens can actually dull from excessive use of abrasive cleaners.

The easiest way to clean any touchscreen device is to follow these simple steps. Purchase a microfiber cleaning cloth. These types of clothes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. I bought my wife a microfiber cloth that is actually glove shape and which makes it very easy for her to clean her beloved Apple iPad. Amazon offers a 12-pack in multiple colors for under $10, which will provide you and your family with enough wipes to keep all of your devices and eyeglasses clean.

So why use microfiber cloths? The answer is simple: microfiber cloths are highly absorbent, and can suck up that grease right off of the screen. Plus, they can be washed hundreds of times and still clean up your touchscreen. For those really fingerprint-encrusted screens, you can use a small amount of plain water to clean up the prints. Just place a small amount of water on the microfiber cloth, rub gently, and wipe with a dry cloth. As a side note, do not spray water directly onto the touchscreen.

So how can you avoid the greasy fingerprints in the first place? Do not eat and play on your smartphone or tablet at the same time, especially when eating potato chips. In addition, it helps to wash your hands before you use your smartphone or tablet, but that is usually difficult for us to do. Less oil on your hands will mean less fingerprints — it is as simple as that.

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