Cleaning Intel iMac screen

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  1. plinden macrumors 68040

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    My three year old was watching Dora the Explorer on my iMac when it looks like she sneezed on the screen while eating a cookie, then tried to rub off the wet crumbs with sticky hands. Then didn't tell me so the mess is nicely dried on.

    What's the best way of getting this off?
     
  2. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I'd start with a soft cloth with a tiny bit of water first and CAREFULLY try to rub off the crumbles. After getting rid of the scratch potentials, I'd follow up with something fancier like iKlear.
     
  3. Perfusion macrumors newbie

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    Nice description! LMAO! :eek: I'm glad I read this, though, as it's good information to know for future reference.
     
  4. XFce macrumors member

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  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I would start with a damp cloth to see if that works. Also, I find it much easier to clean the screen with the computer off.

    BTW, does it really matter that it's an "intel" iMac? :confused:
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I agree that turning off the computer is a good idea.

    I'd start with a very hot but wrung out washcloth and let the heat/steam work its magic on the food, then start to clean off small areas at a time. It would also help if the screen could be as close to horizontal and facing down as you feel comfortable with, as gravity would pull food away from the screen instead of pulling it back onto it.
     
  7. motulist macrumors 68040

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    I understand why he would include that info. I think he wanted to identify the model because different models have different screens and that could mean different methods should be used to clean them. And hey, more info is better than less. Normally we always have to keep prompting people to give more info so we can give them a good answer. I think it's best if people err on the side of too much info rather than not enough.
     
  8. plinden thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I was thinking about how to distinguish it from the G3 and G4 iMacs but forgot about the G5 iMacs, which I'm sure have an almost indistinguishable screen. Unless I need to specify the CPU, I'll talk about the iMacPods in future.

    Anyway, I got the worst of the mess off, but there are some streaks still visible if the lamp is on. I'll get the iKlear stuff and try that out.

    The 3yr old is no longer allowed to watch videos on the iMac unless an adult is present. She doesn't mind since she always asks for one of us to watch Dora with her (try watching "Dora saves the Prince" five times in a row and you'll understand why neither of us were present).

    Thanks everyone.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Our house rule is a bit simpler. No food or drink near the Mac. If you want food or drink, please go sit at the kitchen table half a room away. Also, do not poke the screen with your fingers or a stick.

    Both our 5 year old and his 2.5 year old brother know exactly where to find the remote, start Front Row and watch Dora, Spongebob or Teen Titans or any of the other relatively kid-friendly stuff we have placed there for their enjoyment.

    Good luck with the iKlear, I used it for the first time on my iBook a couple of weeks ago and it made it look almost new. I'm not too fond of the slickness for the outer shell of the iBook, but can live with it.

    B
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    OK, I gotcha. I guess when I hear iMac I automatically assume it's the G5/iSight design and couldn't figure out why the processor mattered.

    ...so never mind. :)
     
  11. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    Microcloths also work great on delicate jobs like this.

    I wouldn't recomend windex though...:rolleyes:
     

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