Clean a Device's Touchscreen

Edited by VC, Eng

Most people own a Tablet with a touchscreen. It is essential to learn how to properly clean the screen, so it remains functional and free from fingermarks. There is no need to purchase specific cleaning kits. Commonly, these products cost a fortune and cause more harm than good. Here is the process involved with properly cleaning a Tablet's touchscreen.

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Steps to Clean a Device's Touchscreen

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    The only material necessary to clean a touchscreen is a microfiber cloth
    This material effectively removes dirt without adding scratches to the device. Microfiber contains small fibers that attract oil and dirt. Instead of using other materials that rub the debris over the screen, microfiber will wipe it away. For extremely dirty screens, it may be necessary to add a small amount water to the cloth as well.
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    Turn the Tablet off, especially if water is being used
    This will protect the device and help to view dirt better.
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    Swipe the cloth vertically or horizontally in one direction up or down the screen
    This is safer than rubbing in a circular motion. Moving in one direction will not grind the dirt into the screen.
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    Sometimes, food or other stubborn dirt becomes caked onto the screen
    In this case, dampen a corner of the cloth with a dab of water. Once again, wipe in one direction across the screen.
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    If water remains on the screen, use a dry microfiber cloth and wipe in the same manner
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    After numerous cleaning tasks, it is important to clean the microfiber cloth
    Hand wash it in warm soapy water and allow it to air dry. Chemicals should never be used on the cloth because they may become transferred from the microfiber onto the device's screen during the next cleaning.
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Things To Avoid

  • Never use chemical cleaners on a Tablet's touchscreen. Items like Windex contain ammonia or other ingredients with an alcohol base. Most Apple products or high end tablets contain a special coating on the screens that may erode away with the use of these types of chemicals.
  • Never use paper towels or abrasive cloths to clean a touchscreen. These may cause small scratches that build with time. In the end, the screens will appear dull and pitted. People who use a cotton rag will also see poor results. A lint film is usually left behind after this type of material is used. A microfiber cloth is the optimum cleaning choice because it is specially designed to preserve sensitive electronics.
  • Never apply too much pressure during the cleaning process. This may also damage the Tablet by desensitizing the screen.
  • Never use an abundance of water. In fact, most touchscreen cleaning tasks require no water at all. When moisture seeps into cracks or crevices, the entire device becomes useless.

Extra Tips

  • The above method will help to clean a Tablet's touchscreen. It is virtually impossible to keep it from gathering more fingerprints or dirt. However, it may be wise to invest in a disposable screen protector. This item is inexpensive and will prevent scratches and dirt from building up.
  • Always read the owner's manual before cleaning. This contains useful information regarding what cleaners to use. The wrong products may lower sensitivity or mark up the screen even further.

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Categories : General Android Mobiles & Tablets

Recent edits by: VC

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