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How to Successfully Install a Photodon® Screen Protector

December 14, 2022 | By Jenny Sockol

Now that you have your Photodon screen protector or privacy filter, are you feeling intimidated by installing it? The instructions included in your installation kit explain and show just about everything you need, but sometimes it's still helpful to have a little extra explanation. So that you can gather the extra knowledge for a successful screen protector or privacy filter installation, please keep reading.


Installation Steps

You can definitely install your screen protector or privacy filter with success. All you need to do is read the instructions, take your time, and possibly have some help. Again, it is to your advantage to read the instructions first, have patience, and enlist help if possible.

These installation videos will be of help as well:

How to install a Photodon screen protector on a laptop – YouTube
Photodon Screen Protector installation on a 27" Monitor – YouTube

1. Clean your installation area

If you have a vacuum with a soft brush head, use that attachment to carefully remove dust from the device screen and surrounding area. Then, use either the included microfiber cloth and Anti-Scratch cleaning spray, or the Zeiss wipes from your installation kit to clean the device screen and surrounding area. This will reduce the amount of dust and debris available to find their way under the screen protector during installation. You can continue with this cleaning process at any point during the installation.

2. Try the test piece that came with your order

This sample piece's purpose is to ensure you approve of the film type and behavior before installing the actual screen protector. First, pull back the bottom liner about an inch and then place that exposed adhesive on your screen. Second, use either your finger or the squeegee to help apply pressure and allow the test film to fully adhere onto your screen as you pull off the remainder of the back liner. You can use the squeegee to push out any remaining bubbles. Third, remove the front liner from the top of the test screen protector piece. Pull the orange sticker and use the squeegee if necessary to fully adhere the edges again.

Now you can try out the test screen protector. Get a feeling of what it looks and feels like on your screen. If you do not like it, do NOT unpackage your actual screen protector and contact us here at Photodon by emailing [email protected]. If you are pleased with the test piece, you can remove and discard it.

3. Verify the size of your screen protector will fit on your device screen

Now go ahead and take the screen protector out of its bag and hold it up to your screen. Ensure there's a slight gap between all four sides of the screen protector and the edges of your screen. That gap is supposed to be there so it is easier to install. If the screen protector does not fit, do NOT attempt to install it and contact us here at Photodon by emailing [email protected].

4. Clean your device screen and the screen protector

As before, use either the provided Anti-Scratch cleaning spray and microfiber cloth, or the Zeiss wipes, to remove dust and fingerprints from the device screen and your screen protector.

5. Begin with the bottom liner

Use the protruding clear tab to pull back the bottom liner about one to two inches. Line up that edge of the screen protector with the exposed adhesive to the edge of the device screen. Be sure the slight gap that you confirmed earlier is present so that the screen protector is properly centered on the screen.

6. Adhere the silicone backing to your device screen

Allow the edge of the exposed adhesive to touch and begin adhering to your device screen. If the screen protector does not make full contact on its own, you can push down on it to start the process. Now, while holding the screen protector in one hand, use the squeegee in your other hand to begin sealing the screen protector to your device screen. As you make progress, pull back more of the bottom liner to expose more of the silicone backing.

As you approach the end of the installation, look over the screen protector one last time to ensure there are no dust particles trapped underneath and that you are happy with the alignment. Remove the rest of the bottom liner to allow the screen protector to fully lay down on your device screen. To aid this, you can continue using the squeegee to adhere the screen protector into that last corner. Feel free to use that squeegee or your finger to seal down all the edges of the screen protector.

What to do if you see small bubbles during the installation process

If you notice small and completely clear bubbles during installation, do not worry about them and continue with the installation process. You can push out those small bubbles out to the nearest edge with the squeegee when you are done with the installation. See below if there is a speck in the bubble.

What to do if there is dust under the screen protector during the installation process

Small bubbles with a speck in the center indicate a dust particle under the screen protector that need to be removed. If you want, you can circle that dust speck with a marker right on that top liner in order to keep better track of it. You'll need to find the small white square of dust removal foam tape that came in your installation. Remove the liner on the tape to expose the adhesive. Next, pull back the screen protector past the speck and touch the dust removal foam tape to the dust particle. Note that dust normally sticks to the adhesive side of the screen protector.

At this point, it is a good idea to look for other specks before continuing with the installation. Gently wipe the screen with your microfiber cloth to remove any potential dust.

What to do if you see large bubbles during the installation process

If you notice big bubbles during installation, slowly lift up the screen protector far enough to remove the bubbles. Once the bubbles are gone, continue the process to continue applying the protector.

What to do if the screen protector is crooked during the installation process

In the event the screen protector's alignment is off, carefully remove it and start over.

7. Remove the top liner

Pull up and back on the orange sticker until the top liner is removed. Lastly, you might need to seal the edges of the screen protector again. If that is necessary, use the squeegee or your finger to do so.

Installation Kits

An installation kit is included with every screen protector or privacy filter order, and it contains everything you need for the installation process. Here is what is included with each of our kits:

Standard Installation Kit (MX2022)

Our standard installation kit is included with all screen protectors under 32 inches. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • (2) Zeiss wipes
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • Small squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape

Deluxe Installation Kit (MX101)

Our deluxe installation kit comes free with all screen protectors 32 inches and bigger. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • 1-ounce bottle of Anti-Scratch
  • 1-ounce bottle of Staticide
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • 14" x 14" microfiber cloth
  • 12" x 16" suede microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape
  • (2) pairs of latex-free rubber gloves

Mobile Installation Kit (MX102-M)

Our free mobile (in-dash) installation kit includes a microfiber pouch to keep in your glovebox or purse. You can also purchase one separately.

Contents:

  • Instructions
  • 1-ounce bottle of Anti-Scratch
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Dust removal foam tape
  • Microfiber travel pouch

Privacy Filter Installation Kit

Our privacy filter installation kit is complimentary with each non-adhesive style privacy filter order.

Contents:

  • Non-adhesive privacy filter instructions
  • Double-sided adhesive strips
  • (2) Zeiss wipes
  • 6" x 7" silky microfiber cloth
  • 14" x 14" microfiber cloth
  • (1) pair of latex-free rubber gloves

Extra Installation Tips

Hopefully this information has proven helpful for you. As a result, you should be able to successfully install your screen protector. Everything you should need is in your installation kit. To clarify again, read your instructions, take your time, and have someone help you if possible.

Photodon employees are always happy and ready to help with any questions you may have about your screen protector installation. If needed, don't hesitate to contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST, or email us at [email protected].

Man drying a car with a microfiber cloth

Microfiber: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

November 18, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

As far as our customers' favorite cleaning tools go, Photodon microfiber cloths are right up there with vacuums.

We hear from our customers all the time about how they use the microfiber cloths they purchase from us.  While we sometimes get a chuckle out of their creativity (we never laugh at them, always WITH them), we feel good that we're helping so many people with the not-so-fun tasks of everyday cleaning.

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You'll Love The Fascinating Anatomy of Microfiber Cloths

November 9, 2020 | By Jolynn Paige

What Makes Microfiber Technology So Powerful?

A Unique Blend of Materials 

Microfiber technology is based upon using specialized industrial machines to weave together synthetic materials — typically 80% polyester and 20% polyamide (nylon). (If Willy Wonka made microfiber cloths, he'd be impressed with these machines). Combining these materials makes microfiber tough, versatile, and long-lasting.  Polyester allows for polishing surfaces while at the same time preventing the cloth from scratching fine or delicate surfaces (Yay! You can clean your piano without worrying about damaging it!).  The nylon prevents the material from shedding fibers and keeps it strong, elastic, and resistant to abrasion and chemicals. It is only with both materials together that you get what is known today as microfiber. (Invented by geniuses, no doubt).  Its phenomenal absorbency gives rise to thousands (ok, maybe millions) of applications, including cleaning and drying many surfaces.

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Microfiber Cloths for Industry

May 15, 2020 | By Mandy Peterson

There are many applications for Photodon Microfiber Cloths in the industrial world.  Cloths for screens, displays, smooth and rough surfaces, or fine and detailed applications. We're confident that you will find the weave to match your needs. We offer several different cloth options for you to choose from. We also offer microfiber promotional options if you'd like to promote your industry in a unique way.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Microfiber to Clean

April 29, 2020 | By Mandy Peterson

Microfiber cloths:

  • are non-abrasive: Looped microfiber is ideal for gently "buffing" dirt off from delicate surfaces such as glass or screens.
  • are lint-free (in most cases).
  • give a streak-free clean. The average "normal" cleaning rag pushes dust and dirt around, causing smearing.
  • do not scratch surfaces.
  • grab dust/grime particles.
  • soak away liquid (even oil) with fantastic wicking action.
  • become electrostatically charged, which also helps attract/remove dust, hair, and little "fuzzies."
  • dry quickly because of their special loop weave. In fact, this material dries in one-third the time of ordinary cleaning cloths.
  • are absorbent. Microfiber holds up to seven times its weight in liquid. With a couple of firm wrings, this impressive material is ready to mop up until the mess is gone.
  • are washable and reusable (washable up to 500 times).

Flat weave versus looped weave:

Microfiber is a blend of two synthetic material types: polyesters and polyamides, and there are two different ways that microfiber is woven together. One is the "flat" weave and the other is a "looped" weave.

Flat weave: This weave repels water and is used in the textile industry for making water-resistant clothing and accessories such as watchbands. This type of microfiber – and any other type of fabric which is similarly woven –  is not ideal for use as a cleaning cloth since it will only push particles around and not absorb them.

A super-magnified view of flat-woven microfiber.

Looped weave: To be useful for cleaning, microfiber must be separated during processing. This method consists of splitting the polyester (the scrubbing fiber) from the polyamide (the absorbing and quick-drying fiber). Once the microfiber is split, the fibers are woven into a fabric. The percentage of material normally consists of 70% to 80% polyester and 20% to 30% polyamide, depending on the style of fabric construction.

The polyester and polyamide are then combined during weaving to create hundreds of thousands of microscopic "loops." This web-like formation of "loops" grabs dust, grime, dirt, and oil and traps it within the weave, making this material one of the safest cleaning tools to use.  

A super-magnified view of looped weave microfiber.

What makes loop-weaved microfiber so superior for cleaning?

Microfiber cloths are green and eco-friendly because they can be re-washed with a mild detergent in the washing machine and can even be placed into the dryer. Fabric softener should never be used with microfiber cloths because it weakens the static charge of the filaments and reduces the effectiveness.

Also available on the Photodon website:

Sample Cloth Packs for trying a few microfiber cloths without a large commitment.

Silky Microsoft Cleaning Kit

Promotional Microfiber Cloths

Photodon offers many different weaves of microfiber cloths. From cloths to clean lenses and smaller screens to cloths for cleaning larger screens like computer monitors and TVs, there is a microfiber cloth for every purpose. There are also general-purpose cloths that work great on other surfaces.

You can contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00a.m – 5:00pm EST, or email us at [email protected] for more information.

Picture of many colors of microfiber cloths

Fascinating Features of Microfiber Cloths

August 6, 2019 | By Mandy Peterson

What is a Microfiber Cloth?

The word "microfiber," as you can imagine, means small fiber.  How small you ask?  I could go on and on using words such as denier, decitex, and micrometers, but who really knows THOSE words?  So instead of making you go to the web (unless you're smarter than me), I’ll put it in layman’s terms:  Most microfibers are about 1/5 of the diameter of a human hair.  These synthetic microfibers are most commonly made from polyester and polyamide.

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Tips For Better Screen Viewing in the Workplace

March 29, 2017 | By Jolynn Paige

Ergonomists —  those who are concerned with providing the safest environment for workers — know that long-term computer use can lead to serious health hazards.  Staring at a monitor screen for hours on end can be irritating to a worker's eyes causing headaches, fatigue, eye strain, and even long-term eye damage.

Here are some helpful tips to make viewing a computer screen for long periods of time more ergonomically-friendly, which may, in turn, create a safer and more productive environment for the workplace.

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Here's a Quick Way to Eliminate Static Electricity

December 19, 2013 | By Don Basch

When relative humidity falls below 30%, static electricity can be problematic. Relative humidity is the percentage of moisture held in the air versus the most that could be held at that temperature. Because cold air holds less water vapor, those living in colder climates notice a dramatic rise in the occurrence of static electricity during the winter months. Folks in Phoenix and Las Vegas experience it throughout the year due to the hot, dry conditions in these areas.

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