Keeping your iPad clean will go a long way towards extending its operating life and maintaining its value. Of all the components that make up an iPad, keeping the unit’s digitizer screen clean presents the biggest challenge. Because it uses touch screen technology, an iPad screen can quickly become covered with fingerprints, smudges and grime.
There are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your iPad screen clean. To avoid scratching or abrasion of the screen, you can store the iPad in a sleeve or case when not in use. Wipe or wash your hands before using the touch screen. Take extra care when eating and drinking while using your iPad so you don’t spill anything onto it. Or just wear gloves when using your iPad. (Well, maybe you don’t have to go that far…)
If your digitizer touch screen is getting a little too dirty, of course you’ll need to clean it. But you want to do it in such a way that you don’t accidentally cause any damage to the unit. Here are some tips from Apple on cleaning your iPad’s screen:
Before you begin, turn off the iPad. Make sure it is disconnected from any external power sources, external devices and other cabling before you begin cleaning it.
When wiping off the screen, make sure you use only a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. Materials with potentially abrasive surfaces, such as cotton or paper towels, may cause damage to your iPad screen. Even with normal usage, the ability of the oleophobic coating to repel oil will be reduced over time; rubbing the screen with an abrasive material will have a negative impact on the coating and may scratch your screen. Wipe the iPad screen with a gentle circular motion until the dirt and grime is removed.
Use only water when cleaning the digitizer screen. Don’t use window cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives when cleaning your iPad. These can damage the oleophobic coating on the iPad’s digitizer screen and diminish it’s functionality over time. Do not spray cleaners directly onto the iPad or the screen; spray them into your cleaning cloth before applying them to the screen; the last thing you want to do is get any moisture into any of the iPad’s openings. (If liquid does make its way inside your iPad, seek assistance from an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Retail Store as soon as possible. Liquid damage is not covered under the Apple product warranty or AppleCare Protection Plans.)
If your digitizer screen is beyond cleaning, say it’s been cracked or broken – you can always replace the screen. Companies like Screen Tek, offer OEM digitizer touch screens that you can replace yourself. Replacing a digitizer screen is an easy DIY project that takes about forty five minutes to complete and requires only a few simple tools. For more information, go here: http://ipad.screentekinc.com
With the proper care and maintenance your iPad’s digitizer touch screen should keep working for years.