Mr. Clean magic eraser?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by onthat, Apr 22, 2006.

  1. onthat macrumors regular


    Feb 26, 2006
    Ruston, Louisiana
    I read somewhere on these forums that I could use the magic eraser to clean my aluminum powerbook, I've been rubbing at the aluminum like a madman and it seems to get most of the fingerprints and smudges off...but these little black dots on the handrest seem to have taken up residence. Is their any way to convince them to come off? My mom thinks I should get the eraser damp and give that a try, but I don't know if water and laptops get along.
  2. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    those black dots are more than likely corrosion and they wont come off since it is where the aluminum corroded due to your sweat.
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Read the instructions on the box, mate. You need to dampen the sponge and then squeeze the water out of it. If you are concerned about dribblage, then do it upside down so any liquid will run into the sponge, not into the pbook.

    or what evaQuickFingers said ^^
  4. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    Once you've cleaned it you should just buy that handrest protection pad for greater peace of mind :)
  5. onthat thread starter macrumors regular


    Feb 26, 2006
    Ruston, Louisiana
    Yeah, I purchased a marware protection pack from the apple store and just wanted to clean it all off before I applied the adhesive part.
  6. mjstew33 macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I know that the iBooks don't have aluminum, but, the Magic Clean Eraser worked great getting the spots off my iBook and my iMac G5 for that matter. :)
  7. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Wow, I wouldn't use the magic eraser on the albook.

    I thought it was only good for the palmrest area on the iBook -- and then, not the keys or the top or bottom case.

    I think it would actually scratch the aluminum?
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    No, it won't affect the aluminum at all. Perfectly safe - but make sure there isn't crud in the eraser from other cleanings, just like when you'd clean eyeglasses with a cloth (i.e., dirt and grime in even the best, softest cleaner can scratch surfaces).
  9. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2005
  10. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2006
    Los Angeles
    The Magic Eraser did wonders on my white iBook. It seriously brought it to brand new condition. I don't know about using it on aluminum though. ALWAYS make sure to drain all the water out before cleaning your laptop. If you apply pressure it will not be pretty =)
  11. boiledekk macrumors newbie


    May 24, 2011
    Tannhauser Gate
    In agreement with wickedG35, the Magic Eraser worked some serious magic on a totally dirty aluminum mac keyboard which I adopted. You can see the before and after on my blog. It's like night and day:

    As mentioned in my article, I squeezed out virtually all the water from the Magic Eraser and even blotted it with a paper towel before applying it to the keyboard, using very, very light pressure. You do not want any water dripping into the keyboard!

    Afterwards, I did the same to my MBP 15" unibody, which wasn't half as dirty but still needed some spot cleaning here and there. Totally awesome—looked practically brand new. Note though, that I did not use the eraser for the monitor screen! I'm planning on using iClean for that.

    Now that there is mention, though, of permanent damage and/or discoloration of the aluminum due to our body's oils, I'm definitely going to get a protective "skin" for my MBP15. I found the transparent guard from Skinstyler to be especially appealing, since I can submit my own custom artwork to be printed on it. Check it out:

    I think this, coupled with the silicone keyboard protector from Marware, just may be a great solution. Any thoughts?
  12. hammten macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2008
    Wow, strong bump! This thread was over 5 years old.

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