Can't get my screen clean

rpetunderclass

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I have tried just a little water on one of the little towel that came with my mac, I have tried antistatic type towels, I have tried a bit of eye glass cleaner, 20% alcohol/water, some ammonia/alcohol free gel spray from WalMart.

no matter how careful I am I seem to still have a film of grease on my screen, most noticible whe it it off or on a dark show or picture.
Any hints on how to clean this thing? I have had it for almost a year and I am getting tired.

its a late 2013 15" rMBP
 

maflynn

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Are you saying you've had a stain/greasy film on the display for nearly a year?

Try windex or similar window cleaner.

If its not coming off, then there's something else going on (what, I have no idea).

Can you take a picture of it? Its hard to visualize what exactly the issue is.
 

rpetunderclass

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Are you saying you've had a stain/greasy film on the display for nearly a year?

Try windex or similar window cleaner.

If its not coming off, then there's something else going on (what, I have no idea).

Can you take a picture of it? Its hard to visualize what exactly the issue is.


Even when try to clean it somewhat goes away, its like if there grease stuck on the screen.
 

rpetunderclass

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Wow, that's really bad - any ideas what it is, or how it got on there?
Might of been from a super old micro fiber cloth full of finger grease i forgot to wash. i have like 5 different kinds of cloths I've tried and its somewhat goes away but is still there and annoying me. I read online to try vinegar but not sure if thats safe.
 

maflynn

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The issue is that you'll need to find a solvent that is strong enough to cut through the grease, but not so strong it destroys the coating on the display. I think vinegar may be your safest bet. Start off slow, with it diluted and failing that, use a less diluted mixture to see if that improves things.
 

jamin00

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Im in to car detailing and have a window cleaner thats amazing. Krystal Kleer. Also, I use a quick detailer that for cars when I don't have my window cleaner.
 

MacInTO

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I user the stuff I use to clean my eyeglasses with. Also a clean microfiber cloth. Spray it on the cloth, drag across the screen. I use as little pressure as possible.

Sometimes I find its the liquid that I'm using that causes the streaks. When the screen is wet, I find blowing on it gently helps remove the moisture fastest and does not leave any streaks.
 

Dark Void

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I user the stuff I use to clean my eyeglasses with. Also a clean microfiber cloth. Spray it on the cloth, drag across the screen. I use as little pressure as possible.

Sometimes I find its the liquid that I'm using that causes the streaks. When the screen is wet, I find blowing on it gently helps remove the moisture fastest and does not leave any streaks.
The OP is not looking for general tips for cleaning a screen. He even stated doing exactly this and the problem persists. The screen doesn't have normal build up - it's covered in what appears to be grease that he/she stated is more than likely transfer from an old microfiber cloth that had been used on something else.
 

MacInTO

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I have tried just a little water on one of the little towel that came with my mac, I have tried antistatic type towels, I have tried a bit of eye glass cleaner, 20% alcohol/water, some ammonia/alcohol free gel spray from WalMart.

no matter how careful I am I seem to still have a film of grease on my screen, most noticible whe it it off or on a dark show or picture.
Any hints on how to clean this thing? I have had it for almost a year and I am getting tired.

its a late 2013 15" rMBP
The OP is not looking for general tips for cleaning a screen. He even stated doing exactly this and the problem persists. The screen doesn't have normal build up - it's covered in what appears to be grease that he/she stated is more than likely transfer from an old microfiber cloth that had been used on something else.
What I was trying to explain was that sometimess the liquid used to clean the screen causes the streaks. My method minimizes and eliminates those streaks.
 

MBHockey

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iKlear FTW. I've used it on my Apple products for the last 7 years without a problem. 1 set of iKlear from amazon lasts years. it's worth it.
 
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Royksöpp

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iKlear FTW. I've used it on my Apple products for the last 7 years without a problem. 1 set of iKlear from amazon lasts years. it's worth it.
I love iKlear. I've used it to clean my Macbook Pro almost every week for the past two years and it still looks brand new. It's also great on TV screens, even ones with matte screens.
 

newellj

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iKlear does a good job with greasy/oily spots. Be really careful cleaning, though. More screens get scratched by cleaning than by being "dirty." In particular, people tend to reuse microfiber cloths that have accumulated grit and oils, which is not going to work well trying to clean a screen.
 

LxHunter

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Are you saying you've had a stain/greasy film on the display for nearly a year?

Try windex or similar window cleaner.

If its not coming off, then there's something else going on (what, I have no idea).

Can you take a picture of it? Its hard to visualize what exactly the issue is.
Do not use Windex.
Contains ammonia - alkaline and corrosive