Best Way To Clean New iMac 2012 Screen?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by villiard, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2012
    Any suggestions? I would think there would be different solutions in comparison to cleaning a MacBook or older iMac models screens, as the new 2012 iMac's screen is engineered differently with the new anti-glare technology.

    I have tried Monster's Screen Cleaner, that seemed to work at first but smudges start to reappear after about 10-15 seconds. :(

    Any help will do. Thanks.
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    I find the overly priced LCD screen cleaners are no better than using a micro fiber cloth slightly moistened with just water and a dry one to wipe it dry. I will add however that if you live in a hard water area, I would advise you to use distilled water instead of tap water.

    I use this method on my LCD TV, PC monitor and the screen is gleaming after I have finished.

    I'll be using the same method when I get my iMac. The new iMac has the outer glass and the LCD panel bonded together. The method I have described is delicate enough to use on any LCD screen.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2012


    When cleaning the outside of your iMac, first shut down your iMac and unplug the power cord along with other connected devices. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer’s exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer. Do not use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives that might damage the finish.

    To clean the display on your iMac, first shut down your iMac and unplug the power cord along with other connected devices. Next, dampen the cloth that came with your iMac—or another clean, soft, lint-free cloth—with water only, and then wipe the screen. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2012
    Thank you so much! I was beginning to think that I had ruined the screen on my brand new iMac after only having it for about a week.

    I do live in an area that uses hard water, and just as I finished reading your reply I quickly wiped it off with distilled. Screen is now crystal clear. You're a life saver, :D Merry Christmas!


    Cool, thanks.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    Glad to hear you got the screen looking crystal clear again :D

    The cost of some distilled water, a couple of micro fiber cloths will still be less than commercial screen cleaner and will also last you much longer as the commercial cleaners tend to only have small bottles/sprays in the kits.

    Merry Christmas to you too :)
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    I have always used the same method to clean my LCD screens. But on the new imac screen it is a bit different!
    There is some kind of coating that just leaves smears. I spent approx 1/2 hour yesterday trying to clean it with a moistened micro fibre cloth and then dry it with the same but dry. There are still smears!
    Also dust sticks to this coating like a magnet!
  7. macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2011
    Just wait until everyone gets those touch screens they have been wanting. Will need a fire hose to keep them clean :)
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2006
    I use a power washer to clean mine. About 1900 PSI, held about 12 inches away.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2012
    You need to stay off the porn sites!!
  10. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I agree mine is a mess not scratched or anything just smeared all over :(
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2006
    If I was surfing porn sites, I'd have to put the iMac flat on the floor and use an industrial floor scrubber. The power washer is simply to remove fingerprints from two small children that think the iMac is a giant iPad. That thing (iPad, and my old iPod Touch for that matter) needs dipped in industrial solvents every night!
  12. macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Soft cloth and dampen it with warm water. That's it.
  13. macrumors member


    Jun 30, 2007
    Agreed, damp microfiber cloth. Use the damps side to loosen dirt and the dry side to clear streaks. this works for laptops and TV's as well.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 24, 2010
  15. macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2012
    I would say the manufacture would know the best/safest way to clean the screen

    just use a micro fiber cloth and distilled water if it streaks you are using to much H2O less is more in this case
  16. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    damp microfiber cloth followed by dry one. Don't use chemicals. Most "safe" ones are overpriced. Anything with alcohol or ammonia will eat into the screen's coating over time.

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