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saintforlife
Apr 23, 2011, 04:50 AM
The Aluminum enclosure of my MBA is dirty and has all kinds of spots and blemishes that is has picked up from the inside of my backpack including ball point ink marks and what looks like ink marks from a newspaper.

What is the best way to clean the MBA? Since it is Aluminum, I am thinking it will be resistant to fairly strong cleaning agents? Will appreciate any tips on this. TIA!



Hellhammer
Apr 23, 2011, 04:55 AM
I use a microfiber cleaning cloth and normal water. So far it has cleaned everything. I would try that first then move to stronger substances if required.

jenzjen
Apr 23, 2011, 05:07 AM
I've used a magic eraser for this very reason and works absolutely amazingly. Given it is basically super fine sandpaper, I don't rub too hard and use it rarely, maybe once/year on my laptops.

Gemütlichkeit
Apr 23, 2011, 08:50 AM
I use a microfiber cleaning cloth and normal water. So far it has cleaned everything. I would try that first then move to stronger substances if required.

never use water around electronics, it's rule #1

rubbing alcohol or any alcohol based cleaners will work due to it evaporation point is nearly instant.

Lord Appleseed
Apr 23, 2011, 10:49 AM
Put some Ethanol or any Alcohol containing cleaning fluid on a cloth, and then wipe the aluminum off.

saintforlife
Apr 24, 2011, 02:31 PM
Where is the best place to find this cleaning alcohol? Sorry if it is a stupid question.

IngerMan
Apr 24, 2011, 03:05 PM
Where is the best place to find this cleaning alcohol? Sorry if it is a stupid question.

Walgreen

ratzzo
Apr 24, 2011, 03:18 PM
Walgreen

Mmm.. what cannot be found at Walgreens? :p

IngerMan
Apr 24, 2011, 03:25 PM
Mmm.. what cannot be found at Walgreens? :p

Oh you want to clean the cover not the wounds, lol.... So would Isopropyl Alcohol work?

bri1232001
Apr 24, 2011, 05:12 PM
Oh you want to clean the cover not the wounds, lol.... So would Isopropyl Alcohol work?

Do not use IPA on the screen. It will dissolve the anti-reflective coating on the screen.

IngerMan
Apr 24, 2011, 05:26 PM
Do not use IPA on the screen. It will dissolve the anti-reflective coating on the screen.

That is for sure. I was just adding on buying Alcohol cleaner. Myself I only use a microfiber cloth and monster screen cleaner for the entire unit. If I had some real grub on the aluminum I would consider magic eraser.

The OP is asking about cleaning the Aluminum body, not the screen :)

bri1232001
Apr 25, 2011, 12:31 PM
That is for sure. I was just adding on buying Alcohol cleaner. Myself I only use a microfiber cloth and monster screen cleaner for the entire unit. If I had some real grub on the aluminum I would consider magic eraser.

The OP is asking about cleaning the Aluminum body, not the screen :)

I see my mistake. Still worth mentioning to ensure if OP uses IPA he takes care not to let it contact the screen.