The Right Way to Clean Your Tempered Glass Screen Protector
A tempered glass screen protector shields your phone’s screen from wear and tear. On occasion, however, debris may get in between your phone’s screen and the protector. Fortunately, tempered glass screen protectors are easy to clean.
Trapped debris can form a bubble in your screen protector, making it look like your screen is marred. You might be tempted to clean the adhesive side of the screen protector only to spread the dirt and dust around. To avoid this, it’s important to properly clean both sides of your screen protector. Here’s how:
Turn off your phone so it’s easier to see where the leftover glue is. Powering down will highlight where you need to clean the screen so that it’ll look like new again.
Depending on how thick your phone case is, you may also want to remove it. If it’s super bulky, it could be hard to clean the edges of the screen thoroughly.
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Use a clean lint-free cloth to wipe down the screen. Sometimes, the glue may come away just by gently rubbing it back and forth with a soft cloth. If nothing else, this process will remove any smudges or streaks so that all you’re left with is the glue you need to clean off.
A microfiber cloth would also work well for this process. You should never use paper towels or tissues to clean your screen. They can leave behind little bits of lint or could even potentially scratch your screen.
Dip a lint-free cloth in cooking oil and gently rub it into the adhesive. Cooking oil is gentle and won’t harm the natural protective layer on your phone. Plus, the oil is good at loosening sticky adhesives. Use your pointer finger to gently rub the areas that are sticky until they start to come clean.
When applying the cooking oil to the cloth, just a little dab will do. You don’t want to use a dripping-wet cloth and risk getting oil into your speaker or charging port.To clean off the oil afterward, wipe the screen down with a clean microfiber cloth several times.
Try using rubbing alcohol if cooking oil doesn’t lift the glue. Don’t pour rubbing alcohol on your phone—instead, dip a corner of a lint-free cloth into the rubbing alcohol. Gently work the rubbing alcohol into the adhesive until it starts to come away from the glass. If the alcohol on the cloth dries out, apply a little bit more.
Make sure to put the cap back on the rubbing alcohol or move it away from where you’re working. You don’t want it to fall over and spill onto your phone!
Warning: Don’t use Windex or other harsh cleaning products on your phone. They can actually break down the oil-resistant layer that’s covering the glass and make it less sensitive to touch.
Give mayonnaise a try to soften and remove the adhesive. Carefully apply a very thin layer of mayo over the leftover glue on your screen. You can do this with your finger, or put the mayo on a clean lint-free cloth and wipe it onto the screen. Leave it alone for about 20 minutes, and then gently rub away the glue.
Once you’re done cleaning your screen, you may want to wipe it down several times with a clean microfiber cloth. Be careful to not get any mayonnaise in the speaker or charging port.