Shannon Stacey

Not touching this one

Technology is a wonderful thing and, boy, do I love touchscreens. But I really hate fingerprints. And smears. And (you might want to look away), having to use the iPhone as, you know, a phone on a hot, humid summer day. Ew. Ew ew ew.

I clean my screens a lot. I don’t go nuts over random fingerprints or, quite frankly, I’d drive myself insane. But smears have to die immediately. Smudges gotta go. And I’ll periodically do a fingerprint cleansing. Cases get washed in hot, soapy water at least once a week.

Recently, my husband decided to dip his toe into the modern world. The first generation iPad had been sitting around, being ignored, and he picked it up one day. I support him joining us in this century, if only because sometimes I’d rather shoot him a quick text than call and talk to him and have to do the whole hello and goodbye thing. I immediately customized the apps and the background photo and whatnot so it would be Dad’s iPad.

Ohmigod, it’s so gross.

I think the rubber of the Defender case has started to degrade or something, because everything—EVERYTHING—sticks to it. Yes, more than normal for the material. (I have a new case arriving today for it.) There are crumbs on the screen and dust in the corners and it is so very smeared. I can’t even…

Very grubby iPad with debris stuck to it and a smeared screen

When UPS brings the new case later today, I’m going to give it a thorough cleaning. Then I’m going to try not to twitch when he picks it up again.

Sometimes I think he’s dipping his fingers in the butter before he uses it just to push my buttons.

7 comments to “Not touching this one”

  1. Sharon M
      · April 4th, 2013 at 10:04 am · Link

    I only have one iPad and I have to share it with my son. It gets wiped clean every time he uses it. I can’t stand the smears. Ick. It’s so gross.

    My iPhone gets cleaned every MWF when I get home from the gym. I also clean it every time my son gets to touch it. Yuck.

    My husband’s iPhone has smears on it and I hate having to ever touch it. When he uses my iPad (which is very rarely), it gets the same treatment (cleaning) it does after my son’s touched it.

    I’m right there with you.

  2. Becky
      · April 4th, 2013 at 11:14 am · Link

    I LOVE my touchscreen Kindle Fire but the fingerprints/smudges can be a real pain. I was looking at Styluses right now at Amazon b/c they are 50% off but I don’t know if I would like using one and then there’s the fact of trying not to lose it. Anyone else use one? Likes/dislikes?

  3. Amitatuq
      · April 4th, 2013 at 4:22 pm · Link

    I’ve got a stylus and it helps as far as fat fingers go, but it still manages to leave smears. How?? I don’t understand!

  4. Shannon
      · April 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Link

    I have a stylus. (Several actually.) I never use them with my phone at all. I intended to use it with the iPad, but the only thing I ever use it for is if I’m doodling in the art apps and occasionally brainstorming in a notepad app. Other than that I just use my fingers.

    I think if I could have a cool fine-tip stylus like the Galaxy Note has, I’d use it all the time for note-taking and brainstorming, but the ones for the iThings are so fat and smooshy, I just use my finger.

  5. Susan
      · April 12th, 2013 at 11:42 am · Link

    New to this…can I say a name brand? Went to a seminar to learn about an Ap to help me out in my business and the instructor recommended Pledge Multi surface cleaner in the blue spray can. I love it and use it on everything now!
    My biggest pet peeve is the fingerprints/smudges on my screens-I’m looking at my daughters Ipad sitting here and can see the smudges, when I “share” my iPad/iphone with the kids I swear they have dipped their fingers in grease, honey something it is so gross..never thought to wash the cases! other than wiping down sometimes with anti bacterial wipes.. Thanks for that tip…

  6. Shannon
      · April 12th, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    I should grab some Pledge Multisurface. I used to have some, but I use vinegar/water almost exclusively now. Sometimes electronics need a little extra oomph.

  7. Anne
      · April 12th, 2013 at 9:55 pm · Link

    My son is 6 years old, but operates on about a 6 month old level. He regularly drools and even chews on his iPad. (I love his Otterbox case !) We just use baby wipes. They work well and after 3 years his screen is still fine.

    But I’m with you, his screen is just YUCK! I’ve got to clean it before I use it. I’ve got some tolerance for fingerprints on my screens, but I’d guess that’s because it’s relatively clean to me. :)

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