what's the best way to clean my macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by vvn347, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    My laptop is gross... of course I got the white one, and have had for two years, so it just looks really dirty. Anyone have any tips for safe cleaning/
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    Very lightly damp paper towel with simple green (you don't want liquid to go through keyboard keys). For harder stains, use a "magic eraser".
  3. macrumors 6502a


    May 15, 2009
    I like using CD wipes with 99% isopropyl alcohol.
  4. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    What specific parts are dirty?

    If its just things like the palmrest surfaces, they can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth. The screen can be cleaned with the dry cloth that came with your MacBook (if it doesn't come off using the dry cloth, use a damp paper towel).

    I'm also guessing that the tops of the WHITE (cringe) keys are sorta grubby and stained from 2 yrs of use? Well, to fix that use a DAMP cloth on the tops of the keys. Don't make the cloth WET or water will get into the keyboard. Just make it damp.

    Godo luck! :D
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010

    If you have a Apple store close by see if they carry a product called iKlear, I've used it on my MacBook (white 2007) from day one good product you want be disappointed! :)
  6. macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2010
    Folsom, CA
    Why wouldn't you just use CLP?


  7. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2007
    Do not, I repeat DO NOT do this - I had to learn the hard way. Liquid got its way below the keyboard and completely rendered my Macbook useless. Fortunately for me it didn't trigger the water sensor and Apple fixed my Macbook with no charge.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
    With the iKlear you would spray it on the different cloths that comes with the product, your correct do not spray any liquid on a keyboard!
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2010
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2007
    In the great white north
    Sounds like you had too much liquid on your sponge and that's a no no. I use a magic eraser all the time on a macbook keyboard with no issues, just don't put a lot of water on the magic eraser and your good.
  11. macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Magic eraser all the way - you will be amazed at how clean it gets your MacBook. I can't understand how someone had enough water in it to cause damage? When used properly, most of the water is squeezed out, and anyway, it's used on the outside of the MacBook, not on squeezed into the keyboard.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2010
    You want the absolute BEST way to clean your keyboards? Handheld Vacuum.

    Like many out there, I've been searching (mostly in vain) to find some kind of solution for extracting the dust/food/hair from the keyboards, so as to ensure they look close to brand new. I was not willing to give up functionality over protection (I'm referring to keyboard protectors), so I just had to find someway to clean it. Vacuum did it. The next best solution is air spray, but it won't come anywhere close to how well a vacuum will clean it.

    So, go out to your local electronic/hardware store, pick up a $60 handheld vacuum (they even have some specifically designed for computer keyboards and the like) and get all that ***** out. Also use iKlear afterwards to leave the keyboard glossy clean.

    Trust me, the results speak for themselves.

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