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Old 03-29-2014, 03:32 PM
 
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1. Window cleaner has chemicals that will destroy the oleophobic coating.
2. Paper towel is abrasive. Glass Cleaning » DetailingSpot
I was trained on this many years ago. Alcohol can take off coatings on glass. Ammonia can cloud plastic screens. Paper towels are definitely abrasive, which is why they're not to be used on window tint, for instance, among other things.

Soft cloth, and a screen cleaning solution that has no soap, which can be had for a couple bucks. For any screen, soap should never be needed or used.
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I wasn't trained but have been doing it for years. My TV looks brand new as do my laptop and phone.
Seriously if a paper towel can scratch glass, you are buying the wrong towels....

Of course you could always use just plain water. But never directly on the device, always on the soft cloth or... paper towel. That's the most important part...

I'll continue using my Windex, but for those of you leery of that advice, just get these.
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Scree...product_775489
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Old 03-30-2014, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I just put a plastic film screen-protector designed for this purpose. This way I can use any screen cleaning fluid I want. I just spray the cleaner on a soft cloth, and wipe the screen with it.

I have screen protectors over my work iPad, and iPod touch, and my camera's screen. The iPod is very old (second generation), but the screen looks lie new. No a single scratch on the plastic film.

The screen protector for my work iPad came with the Otter Box (case) for it. The screen is part of the case, so when you install the case over the iPad, the screen protector side covers the screen. For my wife's iPad I just bought a removable screen protector that adheres to the screen, and is a pain to align properly before pressing it on the screen. You must have a steady hand to do this, otherwise the screen protector will go on crooked (you have to keep on pulling it off until properly aligned).

Anyway, a film screen protector is the way to go, regardless.
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:21 PM
 
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Amazon.com: Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes 400 Ct: Health & Personal Care

It's intended for use on high end optical lenses.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I know the directions for cleaning the Ipad screen is : use a damp cloth. But I can still see my fingerprint marks on the screen. I know you are NOT Suppose to use Windex or anything like that but is there something else I could try?
Why don't you just put invisible shield on it and not worry about smudges or scratches?
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Old 04-05-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Why don't you just put invisible shield on it and not worry about smudges or scratches?
I have found these to be a PITA. I use the same thing you use to clean my glasses and other optical items. No problems found here.
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