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Treo Screen Protector & Screen Cleaning: Dealing with the Oily

One of the aspects about our Treo that we are all aware of is that because the screen is so large (you should always use a Treo Screen Protector) and that we're holding and pressing it against our cheeks when we talk it has a tendency to accumulate some of our natural skin oils.

Combined with the normal dust and other small dirt particles that are attracted to our screen, this 'oily mix' of sorts can become a bit of a nuisance and actually cloud our viewing.  Until recently I had no better solution for wiping this off than using my thumb to smudge it all off as best as I could - not the most elegant solution.

However, after searching around for something in my drawers recently I came across one of my sunglasses cleaning cloths when it suddenly struck me how dumb I had been not to think about this sooner - surely I could use this very same cloth to clean my Treo screen I thought.  To my delight it worked like magic and promptly removed all the oily mix in one or two wipes bringing shine and sparkle back to my screen.

In the process I suddenly also noticed something that I hadn't really been bothered by before.  Namely, the space around the navigation keys (call answer/end particularly) had also accumulated quite a bit of oil and dirt over time and here again I found my small cleaning cloth to be the perfect solution.

If you're looking for an ultra simple and cheap way to make your Treo look as if it had just come out of the box then I can recommend 3M's Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth for only $4.99 which is great because it has:

  • Unique 3M microfibers lift dust and oils from delicate lenses without the use of chemicals
  • Ideal for eyeglass lenses, camera lenses, binoculars, microscopes and other delicate surfaces
  • Saves money; reusable cloth is machine washable hundreds of times
  • Non-scratching, non-linting

Additionally, this particular cleaning cloth is so large (7in x 6in - 18cm x 16cm) that you can actually cut it in half and still have plenty of surface while reducing its size to one that you can always have in your pocket.

BTW: In case you're wondering, I also use a much needed screen protector on my Treo to save from scratches and among others keep its resale value high...

Treonauts target cleanliness to prevent feeling like a mess...

Posted by Andrew on October 12, 2005 at 06:12 AM

Treo Accessories , Treo Screen Protector

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by Aleta | May 12, 2005 10:33:07 AM

Thanks for the tip! I just received my Treo 650 and I'll be using your suggestions to keep it looking new.

by David J. Marks | May 12, 2005 10:36:56 AM

This is not new news. I already do this since my face and hands are quite naturally oily. The cloths are also available at WalMart optical shops and you don't have to pay shipping!

by Andrew | May 12, 2005 10:46:19 AM

David - sorry that this is not new news for you but hopefully it will be a good tip for other people.

Cheers, A.

by Jonathan | May 12, 2005 11:21:35 AM

I bought a box of 100 individually wrapped alcohol wipes (by BD, available at lots of drug/grocery stores) and once a week or so I wipe down the whole Treo. It removes dirt from the keys, oil from the screen, and generally keeps the whole thing shiny. It seems fine for the camera lens too. A 'medical' solution might be extreme for a lot of poeple, but I often exhibit my company's cellular accessories at trade shows using my own phone, so when lots of people handle your personal Treo cleanliness is a must.

by Jeff | May 12, 2005 11:54:08 AM

I will concur on this cheap and easy solution to a 'messy' screen. Being married to an Optomotrist, this solution was a no brainer 'cause I have easy access to lens cloths and use them for everything; my sunglasses, my camera equipment, my Palm, my Cell and now my Treo.
Good on you to share the idea Andrew. I wouldn't have thought to share it as it was obvious to me.
And, good joke about resale value! Where I come from these things don't have a resale value to speak of.

by GB | May 12, 2005 1:23:39 PM

I've been using microfiber cleaning cloths on many devices for years(Palm, iPod, etc).

by AJR | May 12, 2005 4:42:36 PM


as much as i respect your editorial eg the gartner issue

Some other times you are just so damned money-money-money
it's getting ridiculous.

it seem you never look for the FREE solution.
it seems you go for the hey how could i advertise this (thus get money)
I repeat IT SEEMS.

for this example:
you could advise your readers to use the same cloth they use to take care of their car's paint to wipe the screen.
/any/ repeat /any/ dry cloth with no abrasive material will do the trick.

the best being:
tawed skin (the one one would use for his glasses, etc..)

Just to say your editorial material is getting more and more about ADVERTISING.
left and right colomn are already saturated, that's ENOUGH.


somone had to point it out.

by Andrew | May 12, 2005 5:14:05 PM

AJR - thanks I really appreciate that, particularly coming from an 'anonymouscoward'...

Following your line of reasoning I could also tell people that if they wanted to access the internet while mobile they should go to an internet cafe or that in order to speak with a friend they should walk over to their home...

If there's an item that does something well and that is specific to our Treo then I'll write about it and point people to it. Naturally if there's another one that I didn't happen to mention, think about or know about then unfortunately Treonauts will not be the place to find that information.

Treonauts is without a doubt a destination to help people discover new products and services as well as to assist them in finding it online and/or making a purchasing decision. In the process, our stores and advertising help in our continued efforts to grow this community.

Cheers, A.

BTW: In this example I did mention that I had been using my thumb to date...

by A. Davis | May 12, 2005 8:10:56 PM

You know, speaking of the "fairly saturated" side columns, it would be *really, really nice* if treonauts were easily viewable from the device your site is all about. :)

I can say from my own testing, that it *does* load on Blazer on my 650 if I clear out my cache first, and if I wait long enough. With something like skweezer, it tends to load a bit faster, but its slower than molasses pouring from an oak tree. And sure, I can pull it through AvantGo, but that's just one more piece of software to install on my Treo and take up precious memory (and cause quite a few resets).

It would absolutely rock if you would do a "mobile.blog.treonauts.com" or a "blog.treonauts.com/mobile" that stripped all the advertising and just put the text from the center frame/column. Heck, I've been half tempted to figure out a way to parse your site a few times a day, strip out the side columns, then post it on my site just for the convenience factor.

All told, both your site and engadget's completely suck on a Treo, yet are probably two of the best sites for Treo (and other gadget) type items. I wish you and the engadget guys would see the light. :)

by Andrew | May 13, 2005 6:00:07 PM

A. Davis - I know... I'll work to figure something out about mobile access... Thanks also for the kind compliments.

Cheers, A.

by Brent | May 14, 2005 9:21:08 PM

This reminds me of another everyday item which I use to protect my Treo from dust and water at construction sites. A Ziplock snack-size bag is just the right size and still allows easy access to all the buttons and screen. It's not elegant looking but it really does the job. Try it out on your next rainy day!

by Treomorris | May 15, 2005 2:44:58 AM

This is an "eye-opener".

by Andrew | May 15, 2005 8:56:42 AM

Brent - I love it! I just tried it and found out that there's also no problem speaking while the Treo is ziplocked - perfect solution for the beach. My only concern is figuring out about the Treo's need for oxygen and whether it can happily live inside the ziplock for hours at a time or not.

Thanks a lot for the tip.

Cheers, A.

by Komal | May 17, 2005 2:43:16 PM

So I have a question along these lines. A while ago I had the misfortune to spill coffee on my treo keyboard. I let it dry out and things seem to have reasonably come back to life. However, I have one or two keys that still stick pretty badly. Any suggestion on ways to clean things out?

by AJR | May 22, 2005 4:02:29 PM

oh common Andrew, you know and understand what i mean.

again is sayt IT SEEMS so.

and the best way to proove my assumption wrong would be to first propose free diy solutions , then do some product placement.
instead some articles are more and more productplacement then anything else.

actually i'd love to se you test some Free and/or OpenSource software
some interesting google:
freeware site:treonauts.com => ZERO results
"open source" site:tronauts.com => ZERO results

well whatdayaknow...

it is not enough to bark from time to time like you did against gartner, it's an attitude.
and your attitude seems to be /repeat/ SEEMS TO BE, product placement.
nothing else.

i am not accusing , I am meerly osbserving.

the [email protected] is a geeky joke, sorry U didn't get it ^__^


about the two keys/coffe here is a DIY that worked for a nokia phone spilled with coffee:
I used a cleaning product originaly sold for windows. sprayed three times on the keyboard, rubbed what i could with an old toothbrush, then waited for it to dry keyboard facing down.
next day i powered it up the keyboard worked as new.
(it was a backlit keyboard also - it worked for me - use tip at own risk, blabla.. )

by AJR | May 22, 2005 4:07:27 PM


i did mistype the google search.

I was wrong to assume what i said.



freeware site:treonauts.com returned 12 resuts
"open source" site:treonauts.com returned 11 results.

my mistake.


but I still think you do a little tooooooo much product placement.

anyways i intend to buy a treo, and this site is still one i consult for information.

I just go and look for a free solution /before/ clicking on these sponsored links of yours.. ;°)

by Hope | Oct 31, 2006 6:33:28 PM

Speaking of coffee, early this morning I had the MISFORTUNE of spilling clear juice on my phone, it worked for a while but it stopped around 7 am this morning and refuses to power up. Does it need to dry out before it will power up? All I really need is to gather the info from the phone if I need to buy a new one. If it does not power up, is there a program that I can sync all of my info with? PLEASE help!

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