Drawing tablets are great tools for graphic design and illustration.
Both 2D and 3D animators need a drawing tablet for animating frames, creating backgrounds, sketching characters, and drawing storyboards.
However, we sometimes get stains from oily or dirty palms, fingerprints, and dirt on the display.
Also, if you live or work in an environment where dust, viruses, bacteria, and germs tend to spread via physical contact, then you’ll want to regularly clean (and disinfect) your drawing tablet.
Here are some simple steps on how to clean a drawing tablet properly.
Quick Answer : Most drawing tablets, especially all Apple and Wacom tablets can be safely cleaned with 70% or 75% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
To enjoy a clean graphic display and prevent the spread of any infectious germ or diseases, it’s a good idea to always clean your drawing tablet.
Foremost, we recommend that you wash your hands for at least 20 secs.
This is a good idea to help prevent any infectious diseases and getting oily stains on the surface of your drawing tablet.
With the moistened soft lint-free cloth, lightly wipe the hard, non-porous surfaces of your tablet.
Try as much as possible to avoid getting the alcohol into any opening and don’t submerge your drawing tablet or light pen in any cleaning agents – we do not recommend this.
6 Simple Steps on How to Properly Clean a Drawing Tablet
- As stated above, use only 70% or 75% isopropyl alcohol. Using a higher percentage or a different type of alcohol may damage your drawing tablet. You can also use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. But never use detergent to clean your tablet. Also, avoid glass-cleaning products. Most tablets have coatings on their screens to help repel skin oil, the solvents in glass-cleaning products may strip off these coatings.
- Before cleaning your drawing tablet, make sure you unplug it from any external power sources and also disconnect any device and cable attached to it
- Use only a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth, an anti-static cloth, or a slightly damp cloth. Don’t use paper towels, napkins, towels, dark color cloths, abrasive cloths, or similar items to wipe off your tablet screen. Paper is made of shredded wood, chances are that the wood fibers in it can scratch the tablet screen, especially after repeated cleaning.
- Don’t add excessive alcohol moisture to the lint-free cloth
- Rub cleaners on your drawing tablet gently. Remember, the surface is glass and not steel, rubbing it hard may shatter it.
- Don’t get the alcohol moisture or cleaner into any openings on your tablet. We recommend that you lay your tablet down flat before cleaning its surfaces with the moistened cloth to the screen. This will prevent the cleaning liquid from dripping down the display and possibly into any opening or speaker, which may ruin your device
- Don’t use beaches, aerosol sprays, or abrasives
- Don’t submerge your tablet or pen into any liquid and don’t spill liquids onto them. They may fail if such happens.
- Don’t spray cleaners or cleaning agents directly onto your tablet. Instead, spray a little bit of them on the lint-free microfiber cloth and use the cloth on your tablet surfaces
- Always check and replace worn or damaged pen nibs to avoid scratching your tablet surface
- Avoid extremes in temperature
If for any reason the cleaning liquid gets into your drawing tablet, visit the manufacturer’s support or a qualified repairer as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Question – FAQs
How do I clean my Wacom tablet?
Clean your Wacom tablet using a lint-free microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth moistened with 70% or 75% isopropyl alcohol or any other appropriate cleaning agent.
What is the best way to clean a tablet screen?
The best way to clean a tablet screen is to use a lint-free microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth. Avoid as much as possible paper towels, napkins, towels, dark color cloths, abrasive cloths.
Can you clean the tablet screen with alcohol?
Yes, you can clean the tablet screen with alcohol – 70% or 75% isopropyl alcohol. Anything higher than this may damage your device.