Clean a dirty iPad 2 Smart Cover with an eraser

If you are anything like me, your Smart Cover is a saviour for your investment into the Apple tablet; without it, my screen would likely already be damaged in some way or another. My fluorescent green Smart Cover, while a great protector and feature of my iPad, it really does take a beating. My iPad floats around in my bag with all of the other things I happen to take to uni (folders, Livescribe books, textbooks and sometimes my MacBook Pro). This leads it to collect all sorts of grime on the Smart Cover’s polyurethane front.

I have no real idea of what to do to clean it up – it had become quite unclean in the few short weeks I have actually had it. I was sitting at my desk when I was holding on to a rubber (or an eraser, depending on who you are and where you are from) when the idea struck me  – why not use the eraser? I wasn’t sure it was going to work, but after a few moments, all the gunk that had built up over the life of the cover came off easily. See the image below (sorry it isn’t amazing; my iPhone and desk lamp don’t like each other much). Note this approach may not work for permanent marks like those made by biro and marker pens, but works for general everyday grime.

The iPad Smart Cover can be cleaned with an eraser. The dirty areas are in the red squared. The clean panels are on the right.

But it just goes to show the best solutions are the simplest ones.

2 thoughts on “Clean a dirty iPad 2 Smart Cover with an eraser

  1. Great Minds Think Alike. I rubbed at the dirt smudges with my clean finger tip. They rubbed off justa tad. I thought “I wonder if I can clean MY Smartcover with an eraser?”

    Thank you so much for taking the risk first. Who knows, I thought. It may have streaky white lines where the eraser actually erased the color on the Smartcover. As you have shown,not the case. An eraser works great. Yipee!

    Thank you for taking the time to post this info. I really appreciate it.

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks for the thumbs up! Just as a clarification, I know it works on the polyurethane type covers, so I am not sure if this same method would work just as well on the up-market leather ones.
      Hope your SmartCover is looking great again!

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