Clean scuffs from MacBook screen

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  1. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    There are a few scuffs on my screen caused by the keyboard. Anyone know how to clean them?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Rub them with your finger, then wipe off the smudges with a lint-free cloth.
     
  3. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Alright, that did not work. Since the screen is glossy, I don't want to do anything rough. What else? The scuffs seem to be tiny scratches close together. Is there any cleaner that will help it?
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If they're scratches you aren't going to be able to get them out.
     
  6. Benson11 macrumors regular

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    You can use Opimist lcd cleaner, it works well. And however you should use screen protector it will protect from future scuffs.
     
  7. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I will try that. Where do I get it?

    I use a keyboard cover, but the person who bought it didn't.
     
  8. logana macrumors 65816

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    The keyboard cover will make it worse .......

    There is supposed to be a small gap between the screen and the keyboard but when the top case cracks along the front edge the keyboard (particularly the spacebar) come into contact with the screen and anything on the spacebar grinds its way into the screen. Carrying in a sleeve or backpack will also add to the damage.

    Using a keyboard cover will further reduce the gap between the screen and the keyboard and I would imagine silicon will attract more dirt than the original spacebar - then it will only get worse.

    If there are a series of scratches about 40% of the way down from the top of the screen and in the middle of the screen then it will be the spacebar - there is no way to repair these - either replace the screen or live with them.

    Is the top case cracked along the front edge and has it ever been replaced ???
     
  9. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Interesting. Yes the scratches are about 40% down. However, the case has never been replaced, but has no chips/ cracks or anything. In fact, it looks amazing. The scratches are barely visible while the screen is on, so I'm not too worried about them. You can see them when it's off, though.

    The keyboard cover is rubber, so it won't scratch I hope :)
     
  10. logana macrumors 65816

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    If the top case/keyboard looks amazing then it probably has been replaced and the damage to the screen was done when the top case was cracked and allowing the keyboard (normally the spacebar) to come into contact with the screen and whatever is stuck to the keyboard...

    I doubt your keyboard cover is rubber (silicon is more likely) but since it sits on top of the keys then it will reduce that gap when it is closed. It is not the rubber/silicon/spacebar that is doing the damage it is whatever is stuck to it - small dirt/grit particles.....
     
  11. Drew017 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, I'll just take it off when I close the lid. Looking at the scuffs with the screen on, I can't see them at all, so they aren't bad, I just need to know how to prevent more from coming :D Thanks!
     
  12. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Not really, only if you fail to use an ultra-thin cover designed for the job.

    I've been using these very high quality covers for years. It not only protects your expensive Mac, but it's washable and lasts for the life of the computer.

    http://www.shaggymac.com/laptop-screen-protector.html
     
  13. logana macrumors 65816

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    The link is to keyboard covers that you lay on the keyboard then close the lid - they are designed to be in place when the MacBook is not in use......That is very different to the moulded keyboard covers that stay in place all of the time.

    I have 2 problems with the silicon keyboard covers - one they reduce the very small gap between the keyboard and the screen when closed and two, they trap and collect dirt and that dirt is what damaged the screen in the first place.......
     
  14. ixodes macrumors 601

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    1) I know that, if you read my post you'd know I've used these successful for years.
    2) I know this too.
    3) The Shaggy Mac covers are a high quality cloth (not silicon). The only way they would collect dirt was if you placed them on the ground. a practice I avoid.
     

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