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cjddrum1
Jun 30, 2006, 04:32 PM
What should I use to clean a glossy MBP screen? I have a finger print on it and NEEd to get it off lol its pissin me off



benthewraith
Jun 30, 2006, 04:35 PM
What should I use to clean a glossy MBP screen? I have a finger print on it and NEEd to get it off lol its pissin me off

Would using a a paper towl hit with two squirts of Windex help? ;)

netdog
Jun 30, 2006, 04:35 PM
What should I use to clean a glossy MBP screen? I have a finger print on it and NEEd to get it off lol its pissin me off

I picked up iKlean with a shammy from Apple and it worked great. The nice thing is that if your screen or case get damaged, Apple can't attribute any problem to the way you cleaned it. Like I said, it worked really well on my MB screen, one which is also glossy.

d wade
Jun 30, 2006, 04:38 PM
I picked up iKlean with a shammy from Apple and it worked great. The nice thing is that if your screen or case get damaged, Apple can't attribute any problem to the way you cleaned it. Like I said, it worked really well on my MB screen, one which is also glossy.

at 1st i thought you were kidding. lol. iKlean, that just seems fake. apple, what'll they think of next

~Shard~
Jun 30, 2006, 04:38 PM
Sandpaper. :cool:

Yeah, I just use some windex and a soft paper towel whenever I get stuff on my Mac's LCD, nothing fancy. Does the trick and doesn't do any damage.

jaxstate
Jun 30, 2006, 04:39 PM
I use a soft cloth and water. It gets my screen crystal clear.

rjgonzales
Jun 30, 2006, 04:53 PM
Would using a a paper towl hit with two squirts of Windex help? ;)


I'm not exactly sure what the screens are made of but I would advise against using these. I use a cleaning cloth and solution (or water) similar to that which is used for cleaning glasses.

Bern
Jun 30, 2006, 05:14 PM
I use Iklear (not heard of iKlean). Don't use a paper towel and avoid alcohol based cleaners. Even a soft, lint free cloth with a tiny bit of water would be fine.

fenixx
Jul 1, 2006, 06:59 AM
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=210918&highlight=iklear [Macbook Pro] , not "glossy" though. :shrug:

FragTek
Jul 1, 2006, 07:02 AM
I advise against using ANY window cleaner unless you are certain it's amonia free. Windex has amonia, along with the majority of other window cleaning products. Amonia can strip off any protective coating that may be on the screen, DO NOT USE IT.

Check out the iKlear, or just use a soft cloth/paper towel and water, it will come right off.

netdog
Jul 1, 2006, 07:49 AM
I use Iklear (not heard of iKlean). Don't use a paper towel and avoid alcohol based cleaners. Even a soft, lint free cloth with a tiny bit of water would be fine.

Sorry, yes, I meant to say iKlear too.

h0e0h
Jul 1, 2006, 07:54 AM
I got a screensavRz from radtech.us and use it with water. It has worked wonders for the case and screen of both my 12" PB and my 17" MBP (both matte).

iCaffeine
Jul 1, 2006, 08:02 AM
I use Monster Screen Clean to clean my MBP... You can pickup a bottle at your local BestBuy.

http://www.monstercable.com/productPage.asp?pin=2105

dailyrorschach
Jul 1, 2006, 08:35 AM
FWIW, on my glossy MacBook that handy instruction manual that came with the unit has instructions for cleaning your glossy screen. Apple recommends a soft cloth, I used an old t-shirt, with just water.

discoforce
Jul 1, 2006, 08:43 AM
FWIW, on my glossy MacBook that handy instruction manual that came with the unit has instructions for cleaning your glossy screen. Apple recommends a soft cloth, I used an old t-shirt, with just water.

Yup, and in case you want to hear it directly from Apple: Read this (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=60446). :)

Windex? :eek:

TwisterMc
Dec 11, 2007, 12:00 PM
Thanks everyone. My screen is buggin' me and if I can just use a paper towel and water, I'll be soooo happy. :D

Nakamura
Dec 11, 2007, 02:04 PM
I wouldn't use paper towel, it leaves dust on the monitor, well the paper towel I have leaves bits all over monitor, maybe I am using the wrong type. I use water and a soft cloth, make sure you don't get anything on the cloth or water or you might scrath your screen. With my dell I took the monitor off of the laptop and taken the plastic off of the monitor, it made it soo much easier to clean. That will proberly void your warranty. But it helps you get right into the corners of the monitor.

jasmine84
Mar 22, 2008, 02:37 PM
Oh well damnit, I just read halfway down, cleaned my screen with windex, then read the reply about NOT using windex. ahhhh. My screen is awesome now though..... if I only used it once with TWO sprays on the paper towel and not on the screen, do you think I damaged it? I promise never to use it again!!!

Stress.

Wiredrawn
Mar 22, 2008, 05:25 PM
What about the Soft black cloth that comes with it.

That works a treat!

Drift91
Jul 4, 2010, 02:57 AM
I was googling how to clean the screen as I just got a new MB couple of days ago (loving it so far:D), after reading through the thread I just wanted to explain the problem with paper towel, most paper towels are soaked in wetting agents that make the paper towel more absorbent, while these agents most likely won't corrode the screen, they do leave a residue that may permanently cake onto the screen if left long enough at the warm temperatures that the screen usually experiences.[edit: Apple did an amazing job of making the screen REALLY cool, I guess it has something to do with being "backlit".]

Thanks to Discoforce for this link: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3226?viewlocale=en_US, another good one is: http://www.apple.com/support/macbook/care/ (overall care, not just cleaning), I'd recommend everyone read those both before attempting to clean their apple products. But for a quick summary, Don't use any heavy or abrasive solvents like Windex, do not use alcohol on the screen (safe for the plastic/aluminum case however), use a soft clean cloth and apply the water or specialty screen cleaner TO THE CLOTH, do NOT apply ANY liquids directly to your MB/MBP/iMac/etc. (direct from apple: "Do not spray cleaner directly onto your computer. Liquid could drip inside the case and cause an electrical shock or electrical malfunction."), also apple recommends to remove any dirt or grit with your hand before using the cloth, I personally find the use of your hand to be a stupid idea, I'd recommend using a duster or anything soft and fluffy (and clean!) laying around like one of those poofy purple scarf like things (excuse my descriptiveness:p). If I'm missing anything let me know.;)

Edit: Before anyone complains sorry for reviving an old thread.

Pillar
Jul 4, 2010, 10:24 AM
i use this http://www.monstercable.com/screenclean/monster_screenclean.asp it came in a kit, cleaning cloth and spray bottle

i bought it at best buy. it's works great, but it was a bit pricey.

Drift91
Jul 4, 2010, 06:13 PM
i use this http://www.monstercable.com/screenclean/monster_screenclean.asp it came in a kit, cleaning cloth and spray bottle

i bought it at best buy. it's works great, but it was a bit pricey.

The monster stuff is really good so I've heard, but as with all their products the slight difference between their quality and that of their competitors comes at a major price difference between the two.

I prefer to just use plain water, I've never used any specialty screen cleaners, the last time that I used specialty cleaner for a CD it made it WAY worse and I went through hell trying to get it clean with soap and water. I'm sure the Monster and iKlear stuff works wonders though, Apple and Monster don't make cheap crap like over 80% of manufacturers out there. But unless you got a nasty greasy mess the water works fine, sneeze splatter, few sweaty finger prints, dust, comes right off no problem.

tkermit
Jul 4, 2010, 06:55 PM
Apple and Monster don't make cheap crap like over 80% of manufacturers out there.

They certainly have both perfected the art of milking (http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3863) money (http://store.apple.com/us/product/APPLE_IPHONE_BUMPERS-104238?mco=MTgxNTgyMDY) out of somewhat ignorant yet fastidious and well-to-do consumers. ;)

Drift91
Jul 5, 2010, 07:30 PM
They certainly have both perfected the art of milking (http://www.monstercable.com/productdisplay.asp?pin=3863) money (http://store.apple.com/us/product/APPLE_IPHONE_BUMPERS-104238?mco=MTgxNTgyMDY) out of somewhat ignorant yet fastidious and well-to-do consumers. ;)

Well quite a few are ignorant, but some are just OCD and need to have the screen absolutely perfect and even bottled water just won't do.

saxon48
Jul 5, 2010, 09:24 PM
+1 for iKlean

celticpride678
Jul 5, 2010, 09:25 PM
I just use water and the display cleaning cloth that came with my Mac (works perfectly).

RubbishBBspeed
Jul 5, 2010, 09:38 PM
Head to a camera shop and ask for a lens cleaner solution for coated lenses.

They will probably sell you something containing Isobutlyl alcohol, or more commonly known as rubbing alcohol. It can be supplied coloured for safety or clear. (the clear is normally more expensive and concentrated but either is good, whilst they have a laugh at all the people who by "specialist glass cleaners for screens".

In the States it's known as Formula 23-H as classified by the US Treasury department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

As for worrying about the coating on the glass, They naturally wear off over time anyway and in fairness are not that far removed from rain repellent coatings for glass windscreens.

Kristenn
Jul 6, 2010, 01:43 AM
Why all the fancy stuff like iKlear? Just use water and a cloth. Preferably a lint free cloth like the black one that comes with the computer =D

Works fine and doesn't cost money.. well, not really.

Fishrrman
Jul 6, 2010, 09:16 AM
"Would using a a paper towl hit with two squirts of Windex help?"

I wouldn't do that!

Paper towels are to "coarse", and Windex (at least the kind they sell here) has ammonia in it -- too strong!

Instead, try some "Glass Plus". It's very mild and does the job.

And instead of paper towels, use toilet tissue -- much softer!

And be VERY CAREFUL about how much you spray onto the screen -- it might run down and get inside! Better to spray onto the tissue until it's moist, and wipe that on the surface of the display.

xi mezmerize ix
Jul 6, 2010, 10:04 AM
I use the cloth (dry...nothing on it) that came with my MBP...

armyguy26
Jul 6, 2010, 05:42 PM
I usually get some eyeglass cleaners and wipe my screen. After that I put some water on the eyeglass cleaners and wet the screen and then use the other side to wipe it off, it cleans it very well.

netguru2000
Oct 1, 2010, 02:06 PM
I read the whole thread and just cleaned my screen with a little water and the black cloth that came with the Mac. -worked perfectly :cool:.

I wouldn't use paper towel, optometrists warn that products made from wood (paper towel, TP, etc) scratch glass :eek:. Use a SOFT cloth :p.

(marc)
Oct 1, 2010, 02:16 PM
I use my breath and the shirt I'm wearing. Works wonderfully :)