How Excited Are You Allowed to Be About Microfiber Cleaning Cloths?

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Mobile Cloth for iPhone and iPad

I’m hoping the answer is that you’re allowed to be very excited about a really good one – because I’ve found a really good one and I am very excited about it.

When the folks from Mobile Cloth approached me touting their microfiber cloth as being a cut above the rest and asking if I’d like to see a ‘review unit’ I was as skeptical and unexcited as the next guy. I mean seriously, a cleaning cloth is a cleaning cloth right? I ended up saying yes, go ahead and send me a sample – but as always, with no promise of any coverage and in this case feeling like no coverage was very likely going to be the outcome.

Well, color me pleasantly surprised, and well impressed with a cleaning cloth for the iPads and iPhones in our house.

Here’s a slice of the sales pitch for the Mobile Cloth at its site:

MOBiLE CLOTH is made of a unique high tech material consisting of microfibers 100 times thinner than a human hair! It is woven into a special pattern which we call "nubs". Each nub acts like hundreds of tiny suction cups to pull fingerprints smudges, and all kinds of other junk away from the surface of your device and into the cloth with one or two swipes. No water or cleaning solution is needed. (You may want to dampen the cloth if you have dried on material.)

And a little bit about the reported health benefits of using this type of cleaning cloth on your devices:

In independent studies such as those published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by Dr. William Rutala, extremely fine (.37 micrometer diameter) microfiber was both laboratory and clinically tested and proven to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals). In comparison, traditional cotton fibers have been shown to only remove 30 percent of the bacteria and 23 percent of the viruses from a contaminated environmental surface.

1. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities: Using Microfiber Mops in Hospirtals. November 2002.

The iPad in particular is such a smudge and fingerprint magnet that mundane items like screen protectors and cleaning cloths become far more interesting. The iPhone (whether it’s my iPhone 4 or my wife’s 3G) is just as bad, it just happens to have a smaller screen.

I’ve used plenty of microfiber cloths on my iPad – slim little ones, larger ones acquired from Apple for cleaning my MacBook, and various others. All of them work just fine. The thing is, the Mobile Cloth just seems to work better, and certainly a fair bit quicker than any others I’ve come across.

I have found it extremely challenging to get a decent set of Before and After pics of my iPad (I’m a lousy photographer across the board, which doesn’t help) – but I’ve stuck with it and got these two shots that I hope are almost passable:

Before

After a typical night’s use messing with review apps, playing some games, and reading a lot …

Before

And after around 10 seconds worth of cleaning with the Mobile Cloth …

After

Again, any microfiber cloth does the job on cleaning your iDevices. The Mobile Cloth just does it better and faster. I’ve used it for a week or so now, on a number of our iDevices round the house – and it honestly just keeps impressing me.

My only gripe with the Mobile Cloth is that it’s a fair bit bigger and thicker than most microfiber cloths you come across. This makes it impossible (or far less easy) to tuck into a pocket in an iPad case, for example. So it’s not easy to take with you on the go – and I like it quite a lot and would like to be able to take it with me.

Overall though, this is a microfiber cloth worth getting excited about if you own an iPad or iPhone (or most any device with a touchscreen display). It’s an accessory that’s never far from reach when I’m at my desk.

Here are the pricing options for it:

MOBiLE CLOTH – 2 pack

MOBiLE CLOTH – 2 Pack White & Blue

Price: $4.99

MOBiLE CLOTH – 4 pack

MOBiLE CLOTH – 4 pack White & Blue

Price: $8.99

MOBiLE CLOTH – 6 pack

MOBiLE CLOTH – 6 pack White & Blue

Price: $11.99

For more detail on the exciting Mobile Cloth, or to place an order, go here:

http://www.mobilecloth.com/

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Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

28 thoughts on “How Excited Are You Allowed to Be About Microfiber Cleaning Cloths?

  1. Microfiber that utilizes "Split Fiber" technology is always the best kind. It's kind of strange the first time you hold one in your hand because it actually makes you feel like your fingertips are dry and cracked.. but it's the fibers grabbing your fingers. I won't mention the brand names so as not to dilute mobilecloth's product. It looks like they are doing it right.

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  4. I have the oiliest hand believable. My wires iPad stay clean and mine looks terrible!
    I'd love to try a high quality Microfiber cloth!

  5. These are truly amazing. I’ve never used anything like them (and I've use a •lot• of microfiber cloths). You don’t have to use any solution of any sort, and within seconds, your screen is perfect! I am so glad I came upon this article. I’ve used these for about a month now, and I continue to be extremely pleased with these cloths. Thanks for the great tip.

    • My pleasure on the tip. Glad you're impressed too. I keep mine within arm's reach as often as I can. :)

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  18. I am a huge fan of microfiber cloths! I have been using them for years not just to clean my iPhones and iPad but to clean my TV screens, monitors, sun glasses, and vintage guitars! The only thing I trust to not scratch is microfiber cloth! Having one with the iPad insight logo just makes it even better.

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