Can't get my screen clean

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  1. rpetunderclass macrumors regular

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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
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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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.
     
  3. rpetunderclass thread starter macrumors regular

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

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    Wow, that's really bad - any ideas what it is, or how it got on there?
     
  5. rpetunderclass thread starter macrumors regular

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    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.
     
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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.
     
  7. Ovedius macrumors 6502

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    Holy moley that's terrible!
    Keep us posted, hope the vinegar trick works.
     
  8. rpetunderclass thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well do, thanks guys. You guys are more friendly then Reddit :p
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The colleseum was more friendly than reddit....
     
  10. jamin00 macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    That's not going to help the OP since his situation isn't typical. He needs to find a product can cut through the grease. A moist lint free cloth isn't going to do it.
     
  12. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  13. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    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.
     
  14. ssls6 macrumors 6502a

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    I think he has rubbed off the coating through his aggressiveness.
     
  15. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  16. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  17. Royksöpp macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  18. newellj macrumors 601

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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.
     
  19. LxHunter macrumors 6502

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    Do not use Windex.
    Contains ammonia - alkaline and corrosive
     

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