Keeping Your Device(s) Clean - April 1st, 2012

You have done countless hours of research on which device to buy, and then you spend countless hours researching the best cover/carrier for your device.  Once you have your device you realize how quickly it can get dirty!  If you are letting your little ones use it…in a blink of an eye your iPad looks gross!

 

When using the device in therapy or in the classroom, we highly recommend a standard disinfectant/cleansing routine with your students.  If  you don’t already have a routine in place, you should really consider starting one.  It is considered standard practice to wipe down surfaces in between therapy groups and having the children use antibacterial gel before and after leaving therapy.

 

Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Speech-Language Pathology

 

 

We believe that the iPad should also be wiped down between groups as well.

-low tech solution- wrap it in a gallon sized ziplock bag

-Apple does not recommend using alcohol, ammonia, on your screen

-many threads suggest that if you use a small amount of alcohol to disinfect the screen it will not harm the screen

-gentler alternatives- Apple iKlenz spray  and Monster Clean Touch and Zagg Foam

 

-use all sprays and liquids sparingly…no pre-soaked wipes…lightly damp soft cloth is recommended

 

How to keep your iPad/Ipod Touch/Iphone clean?

1st and foremost always read the user guides.  This is a quick link to Apple’s user guide.

The Do’s-

*do turn off your device first

*do use a microfiber cloth or cotton or lint free cloth

*do use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down

The Don’ts-

*do not use window cleaners, alcohol, ammonia, aerosols

*do not use abrasive cloths, paper towels, and towels

*do not get liquid near the edges

*do not press on the class to get a smudge out

*do not use Mr. Clean’s Magic Clean Eraser

*do not use baby wipes

 

Recommendations if you need to disinfect your iPad/iPod Touch-

1-Cover it! And then you can follow your disinfectant routine or alcohol wipe down.

2-No Cover!  Use anti-static/alcohol free electronic cleaning wipes (Nice’n Clean- Walmart)

3-Extreme Sanitation Needed! Short Wavelength Germicidal UV light- 2 minutes each side (please note- I could not find anyone that has actually tried it…Amazon has these machines and they run $250 and up.)

 

Cool covers and sleeves-

Bubble Shield – $41.88

 

Frog Skin by Iocell- $31.25

 

Trendy Digital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for iPad – $19.99

 

iOttie Waterproof Skin Case Cover – $19.99

 

Chef Sleeve for iPad- pack of 25 for $19.99

Articles to Read-

Bill Nye the Science Guy- The iPhone 3GS’s Oleophobic Screen

 

MacIverse- Clean Your iPad Screen

 

NY Times- Cleaning Smudges from the iPad

 

Maclife- How to and How not to Keep Your iPad Clean

 

Test Driving the iPad in the Operating Room

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