What to clean macbook screen with?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cjddrum1, Jun 30, 2006.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2006
    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
  2. macrumors 68030


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Would using a a paper towl hit with two squirts of Windex help? ;)
  3. macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    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.
  4. macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    at 1st i thought you were kidding. lol. iKlean, that just seems fake. apple, what'll they think of next
  5. macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    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.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2006
    I use a soft cloth and water. It gets my screen crystal clear.
  7. macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2006

    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.
  8. macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    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.
  9. macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2006
  10. macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2006
    Fredericksburg, VA
    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.
  11. macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Sorry, yes, I meant to say iKlear too.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2004
    West Monroe, Louisiana

    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).
  13. macrumors member

    May 4, 2006
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 24, 2006
    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.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2004
    Vermont, USA
    Yup, and in case you want to hear it directly from Apple: Read this. :)

    Windex? :eek:
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2005
    Minneapolis Area
    Thanks everyone. My screen is buggin' me and if I can just use a paper towel and water, I'll be soooo happy. :D
  17. macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2007
    Oxfordshire, England
    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.
  18. macrumors member


    May 16, 2007
    Moncton NB
    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!!!

  19. macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2008
    What about the Soft black cloth that comes with it.

    That works a treat!
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010
    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.
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010
    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.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Feb 20, 2004
    They certainly have both perfected the art of milking money out of somewhat ignorant yet fastidious and well-to-do consumers. ;)
  24. macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2010
    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.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010

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