I have spent many years using all kinds of solutions to clean all kinds of electronic items. Through trial and error, I’ve eventually came to the same solution you might find at your local doctors place, IPA or more commonly known as ISO-Propyl Alcohol (cleaning spirit). This non-conductive, fast evaporating liquid is ideal for cleaning most surfaces.
But like everything else it has its own set of problems. It can, react with certain plastics and make them cloudy and ruin that perfect finish. It also smells unpleasant to many. There are many alternatives to this available at almost all IT shops, but most of them are derivatives of IPA or some form of alcohol. Some are even simply water and diluted soap solutions which needless to say are highly dangerous for anything electrical.
Antec has released what it fells is a solution to this problem and has been kind enough to send me a sample. Its labelled "3x Strength Spray" and it is a cleaning solution meant for all types of screens. It is also has the following unique features :
- Alcohol and Ammonia free
- It kills 99.9% bacteria and is SGS testing approved
- The solution is compatible with scratch guards and does not interfere with glass either
It comes in 2 packages
1) 60ml Spray + Microfiber Cloth
2) 60ml (For travel) + 240ml (For home) + Microfiber Cloth
We have the later here. Contents are as follows:
- 1x 240ml Spray Bottle For home
- 1x 60ml Spray Bottle For Travellers
- 1x 30x30cm Microfiber Cloth for Cleaning
- 1x Instruction Guide
The product was used to clean the screen of my mobile phone everyday at the start for 10 days.
The screen was wiped clean at the start and i would observe the screen at the end and visually inspect any improvements compared to what i am used to witnessing. I also cleaned my monitor and keyboard (though it is not the intended use) with the solution. The solution along with the cloth are great. Spend a good minute with them, cleaning your device and your screen will feel factory fresh. The solution is thicker than the stuff you get locally but is not too thick. One squirt is more than enough to wipe my Galaxy Note’s 5.3inch screen clean. Like any liquid, it does drip but does not flow like the others.
Simply put, the shine on my screen is back. The cloth is absolutely amazing. Its not your ordinary microfiber cloth, its soft and has a "corduroy" texture. It is much more absorbent that the other cloths that i have encountered over the years. It is also machine washable and can be used many many times over. The finger prints are less attracted to the screen, but not by a lot. The difference is perceivable but not drastic. And yes, for all those of you wondering, the solution has no negative impact on my scratch guard.
The phone screen had a glimmer to it that lasted longer than what I am used to with IPA or a very mild damp cloth. The monitor and keyboard also had the same results.
Pros: ▲Easy to Use ▲Great cloth ▲Safe to Use
Cons:▼ Only one cloth provided