Tech Tips: How to Properly Clean Your Touch Screen Device

The touch screen on handheld devices, such as smart phones and tablets, can become smudged and dirty over time, and will need to be cleaned to keep it looking nice and new. Some devices use an untreated glass surface as the touch panel, but it is becoming more common to see manufacturers treat the surface of the glass to repel fingerprints and oils that may transfer from your hands and face. In this article we will talk briefly about a couple of different methods in which you can keep your device clean and cared for properly.

Since the recent use of the aforementioned oleo phobic coating that manufacturers are using on their touch screen products there has been some controversy on the proper way to clean a touch screen device. The best, and most worry-free of all methods is to take your device to an authorized repair facility to have professional consumer electronics technicians clean your device quickly, and safely. Below, we have listed the best way to administer cleaning yourself.

With all methods please unplug any cables and be sure that the device is 100% turned off before beginning any cleanings. Fluids that get inside your device can cause electrical damage, and/or corrosion. If your device ever gets fluid of any kind inside of it please do not apply power, remove batteries if possible, and get it to a repair professional ASAP.

  • The most popular method to cleaning a touch screen is to use a lint free cloth, preferably microfiber, which has been lightly dampened with water. Use the cloth to wipe away any smudges, dirt, or debris while being careful not to allow any of the fluid on the cloth to get into the cracks, or openings on the device.
  • The next most popular cleaning agent is iKlear lens cleaning cloths or spray cleaner. According to their website, “iKlear formula by Klear Screen is 100% alcohol, ammonia, and sodium lauryl sulfate free, non-toxic, non-damaging, and non-flammable.” This should not affect the oleo phobic finish on your device, but if you are unsure you should just default to the first method.

It is the job of the manufacturer to list what features a device has, including screen treatment, but it is the job of the consumer to stay educated and up to speed on the device owned to be sure proper cleaning is administered. If you are ever unsure of the best way to proceed, and you are not able to get your device to a repair facility, we at Bob Knows Phones always welcome questions about screen cleaning, or any other concerns.