iPad cleaning for infection control

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iPads used in a clinical environment need to be cleaned regularly to reduce risk of cross-infection. This document collates relevant information from the device manufacturer (Apple Inc) and a market-leading clinical wipe supplier (Gama Healthcare Ltd) to provide a recommended cleaning procedure.

Manufacturers advice

Apple Inc

Use only a soft, lint-free cloth.

Abrasive cloths, towels, paper towels, and similar items may cause damage to the item.

Keep liquids away from the product.


Don’t get moisture into any openings, and don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.

Do not spray cleaners directly onto the item.

Do not use disinfectant wipes containing bleach or disinfectant sprays in general.

Do not use an extremely damp disinfectant wipe to clean the area. If you encounter a very damp wipe it may need to be squeezed to remove some of the excess liquid before use.

Do not allow the liquid from the disinfectant wipe to sit or pool on the area being disinfected for a long amount of time.

Do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the area.

Gama Healthcare

The wipe is designed to be safe to use on all surfaces and will not damage rubbers, plastics or metals. Alcohol based wipes tend to damage materials after prolonged use but this will not occur with Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes. It can also be used on all non-invasive equipment as well as hands.


Suzie O'Sullivan, Regulatory & Operations Executive, GAMA Healthcare Ltd. 2011-11-15

"The Clinell Universal Sanitising wipes are able to be used in on glass however they will likely leave some smearing. They are not abrasive and I have attached a material testing report." [report attached below]


  1. Use a Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipe to wipe the device on all surfaces, taking care not to get moisture into any openings. If the wipe is very damp it may need to be squeezed to remove some of the excess liquid before use.
  2. Remove any smearing using a single-use soft, lint-free cloth.



How to clean Apple products

How to disinfect the Apple internal or external keyboard, trackpad, and mouse

Clinell Universal Sanitising Wipes

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