Can I use glass cleaner on the new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by casjohnr, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. casjohnr macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    My screen is really streaked...Can I use glass cleaner (My Dad uses it on standard TVs) on the new iMac since it is supposedly glass?

  2. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    maybe spray it onto a towel then wipe the screen down....have you tried to little cloth they gave you first?
  3. casjohnr thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    Tried the cleaner didn't really do much ... Tried the cloth and a number of other micro fibre cloths but still the screen is streak avenue!

    I'm tempted to visit a Apple service provider and get them to clean it for me to be honest! As I can see no way to restore it to the out of the box look!

    It wouldn't be so annoying but it is less than 24 hours old and I only wanted to get rid of a few light factory marks!
  4. I'm a ROb macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2007
    According to the "Everything Mac" booklet:
    1) switch off your iMac and unplug all cables
    2) clean the screen with a soft, clean, dust-free cloth (little moist)

    do not spray any liquid directly onto the screen

    I saw your new message after I posted my first reply.

    After I got my new iMac, there appeared some fog (or something) behind the screen. It dissapeared again after ~ 2 hours of use. It propably was some moisture between the glass and the screen itself.
    Any chance you're having the same issue?
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    Try distilled water on the cloth (just good and moist, not sopping wet - you don't want to leave behind any drips as you wipe it) and see how that goes. A lot of the streaks and spots on glass after cleaning are residue from particulates in water so you can eliminate that by using distilled. It's cheap, like 50 cents t $1 a gallon at most grocery stores, so worth a try anyways.

    I'm not sure what, if anything, the iMac glass is coated with so I can't say that using glass cleaner is good or not, but just for the record, my CRT HDTV says not to use glass cleaner on it either, but I do and I've not noticed any ill effects on the coating.

    Oh, another option would be cleaner used for eye glasses... it's designed to not harm lenses coated with anti-scratch, anti-glare, tinting, etc, etc so it's likely good for something like this. (It's probably just regular glass cleaner in a fancy bottle, but again, not expensive so its not a bad idea to try that if you do decide to use a cleaning product).
  6. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    I've been told to NEVER spray a glass cleaner containing ammonia
    on a lcd screen. It can discolor it over time.

    Commercial screen cleaners are usually a 50/50 mix of distilled water
    and alcohol.
  7. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601


    Feb 10, 2004
    The new iMac has a sheet of glass over the LCD, so you wouldn't be putting any cleaners on the screen itself, just the piece of glass that covers it.

    On the other hand, adding some rubbing alcohol to the distilled water is a great idea. Would help it evaporate faster (which should reduce streaking) and also act as a solvent for non-water soluble gunt on the glass. I'll have to remember that.
  8. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    In theory there appears to be no reason why not,

    However to be on the safe side, I would use iKlear ... ;)

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