Keep touch screens clean with ifingi

Dirt, oil, peanut butter and other unavoidable substances.

The biggest complaint we hear about touch screens is how dirty they get and how quickly it happens. Unfortunately, no amount of hand washing will ever stop the oils in your skin from smudging up your touch screen. Many touch screen accessories have tried to solve this problem with mediocre success at best.

Smudge build up on touch screens diminishes the responsiveness of touch screens.

Case and cover makers have tried to lessen the quantity of dirt and oil from each use by creating the top of the case out of material that acts as a chamois against the screen. It’s doubtful any cases clean a screen more than lightly between uses; and many leave perfectly spaced lines of oil and dirt on the screen. The only advantage to this type of case is that the effect of grime build up is lessened. The speed at which a touch screen gets dirty makes cleaning between uses almost futile.

Another attempt to keep touch screens clean is using styluses/styli. Using a stylus is like using a pen. When you use a pen on paper, the base of your hand naturally rests on the paper. Similarly when you use a stylus on a tablet touch screen your hand will naturally want to rest on the screen. While avoiding a fingerprint, the base of your hand is now the culprit of these instantaneous and unwanted smear prints, scuffs and erroneous input. Styluses (Styli) have their place in the touch screen world but tablets were intended finger touch – hence the screen technology “capacitive touch screen”.

There are film-style screen protectors that have attempted to minimize smudging. Screen protectors do not eliminate smudges, so much as they provide a surface that hides smudges better than glass. However, screen protectors often decrease the sensitivity.

Some tablet makers are so aware of this problem that they include a chamois or cleaning cloth in the original manufactures box with the tablet. The cleaning cloths work well but their effect is short lived given how quickly the screen gets dirty again.

What about gloves?

There are gloves that can be used on touch screens, but who in their right mind wants to wear gloves inside while using a tablet or iPhone? The vast majority of these make your hands hot, sweaty and bulky.


In our multitasking world it is rare that a tablet user isn’t doing something else while using the tablet. Passive actions like snacking, touching your face, patting a pet, touching door knobs etc. may leave extra dirt and grime on your skin that routinely transfer to your touch screen device. Many people actively apply moisturizing creams to their hands multiple times a day. When using a tablet or e-readers, you’ll have to wait for the cream to be absorbed, wipe it off or proceed anyway and make their touch screens unbearably dirty.

Studies suggest a keyboard has the same bacteria count as a toilet seat – yes, a toilet seat!

Up until now we have focussed on grease and grime on a touch screen.  There can be some nasty stuff that composes that grease and grime; it’s not all oil from your skin. You can imagine if it’s on your keyboard it’s on your touch screen tablet. Having multiple users for one touch screen dramatically magnifies the problem.

In an ideal world, a finger tip would not leave smudges on your screen. The next best solution is to have a non-restricting barrier between the skin and your touch screen. The barrier would need to be light and breezy, like a second skin, and not denigrate the sensitivity of your touch.

The barrier would also block bacteria from going on the skin and visa versa.

Our solution is the ifingi – a revolutionary capacitive finger covering for touch screen devices!