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Old January 3rd, 2011, 07:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is the best solution to use? Is Windex ok? I don't know what I think about Rubbing Alchohol. I've seen it leave some weird "stains".

I want to have a good really clean screen before I put my PhantomSkinz on.

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What is the best solution to use? Is Windex ok? I don't know what I think about Rubbing Alchohol. I've seen it leave some weird "stains".

I want to have a good really clean screen before I put my PhantomSkinz on.
NOT WINDEX. Windex and plastics are a very bad idea. Nothing with ammonia.

Isopropyl alcohol should work fine, the purer the better (but normal 70% is fine). I'd probably just use water and a microfiber cloth, and then maybe a quick wipe with a 70% isopropyl wipe. Just let it dry completely before applying.
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Products sold for cleaning eyeglass lenses are OK when applied sparingly with a microfiber cloth. Apply all liquids to the cloth, not directly to the phone.
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eye glass cleaner, apply on soft cloth, wipe. Do not apply directly on screen, clean camera lens also
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NOT WINDEX. Windex and plastics are a very bad idea. Nothing with ammonia.

Isopropyl alcohol should work fine, the purer the better (but normal 70% is fine). I'd probably just use water and a microfiber cloth, and then maybe a quick wipe with a 70% isopropyl wipe. Just let it dry completely before applying.
Really? I use windex on CD's and DVDs all the time. I've read it's suggested to use it.

Would this be a decent microfiber cloth

http://www.amazon.com/Microfiber-Wonder-Cloths-Set-4/dp/B000Y28KKQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
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Really? I use windex on CD's and DVDs all the time. I've read it's suggested to use it.

Would this be a decent microfiber cloth

Amazon.com: Microfiber Wonder Cloths ( Set of 4): Baby
Ok, to be thorough, it really depends on the kind of plastic. Netflix uses it to clean their discs. Lexan (the stuff cd's are made of) is fine, but generally I'd avoid it. It can also do nasty stuff to rubber. Google "Ammonia and plastic" and you'll get a lot of stories about people damaging stuff that way.

That cloth looks fine, but I usually like finer knit cloths. Like this...just about anywhere that sells sunglasses will carry something like that for a couple bucks max.
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I use the pre=moistened lens cleaning tissues. They work really well for getting oil and prints off the screen protector and case.
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I always keep a good supply of these lying around...

Walmart.com: Endust LCD and Plasma Screen Cleaner Pop-Up Wipes, 70-Count: Computers
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Those are what I use as well. You can get those cheaper at Big Lots.
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I usually just use the little cloth that came with my screen protectors and it gets rid of fingerprints just fine. However, I do have an LCD cleaner for my monitors that would probably work pretty well, but the cloth alone does the trick.
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I tried some Kensington screen cleaner once and it left a residue (it came off OK though). There are probably different formulas though. Currently I'm using non-alcohol eyeglass cleaner from Walmart.
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I'm having real trouble cleaning the Gorilla Glass on my Captivate. I can get a pretty nice glean, but there are two stripes that look like finger stripes right down the middle that don't seem to want to come off. They look like residue of some sort. I've used all kinds of cleaners, but nothing works at all. May look for some sort of glass polish, but I'd hate to get that in the crevices and speaker...

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I'm having real trouble cleaning the Gorilla Glass on my Captivate. I can get a pretty nice glean, but there are two stripes that look like finger stripes right down the middle that don't seem to want to come off. They look like residue of some sort. I've used all kinds of cleaners, but nothing works at all. May look for some sort of glass polish, but I'd hate to get that in the crevices and speaker...

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Make me wonder if it's gotten etched or had a coating partly removed or something (just guessing though) - maybe it would look fine if you put a screen protector on there?
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I have used 90% isopropyl alcohol since day one and have had great results. The residue left behind is finger oils that need to be gently wiped from the surface..
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I use Monster Screen Cleaner I purchased for my TV and Laptop. It works great and I use the cloth I got with my Zagg to wipe it clean. Really, I would think anything that you use to clean eye glasses or TV screens should work fine.
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Products sold for cleaning eyeglass lenses are OK when applied sparingly with a microfiber cloth. Apply all liquids to the cloth, not directly to the phone.
Absolutely. Next time you're around a mall, stop by an optical chain and pick up one of those little bottles of glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Works great.
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I used eye glass cleaner and it made it really hard to swype my fingers.

It could have been an isolated incident however.

So I naturally would recommend only using drop of water and microfiber cloth.
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How do you clean the little groove around the screen? Like for instance to the right and left of the speaker (the red speaker on the front)? I can see some dirt down in that groove.
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How do you clean the little groove around the screen? Like for instance to the right and left of the speaker (the red speaker on the front)? I can see some dirt down in that groove.
Run the tip of a wooden toothpick through it.
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How do you clean the little groove around the screen? Like for instance to the right and left of the speaker (the red speaker on the front)? I can see some dirt down in that groove.
I use the corner of a piece of paper.
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I use the corner of a piece of paper.
that is smart, i have used needles before to clean it, just have to be careful about where you put it.
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i use folded paper to clean out the grooves.
Just use a clean, dry microfiber(fleece sweater works just as well) cloth to clean the screen.
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I use a q-tip to get between the side and the screen. and just a micro cloth to clean the screen. there's never anything on it that can't get off...
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Old January 18th, 2011, 02:03 AM   #26 (permalink)
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What is the best solution to use? Is Windex ok? I don't know what I think about Rubbing Alchohol. I've seen it leave some weird "stains".

I want to have a good really clean screen before I put my PhantomSkinz on.
I'd suggest using a microfiber cloth; I've found the best luck with using my Fender one that I got for my guitar. Just breath on it like when you're trying to fog up a window and then clean it off.


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I use the corner of a piece of paper.
That's bad for the screen!
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That's bad for the screen!
If you read the thread you'll realize I was responding to a question about how to clean out the crevice around the speaker.
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I guess I am not as fancy as everyone else or just too cheap...but I just use a moist cotton towel. works great & free.
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Meh, I just use my sleeve!

(awaits hordes of people telling me I could scratch the glass that way)
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I just use my sleeve or tshirt and fog up with a breath of hot air its worked for glasses for centurys i think it still works.
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I just use my sleeve or tshirt and fog up with a breath of hot air its worked for glasses for centurys i think it still works.
I do the same. Cleans the smudges off my screen protector just fine .
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