Cleaning Aluminum iMac

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  1. macmee Suspended

    macmee

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    I've tried cleaning my Aluminum iMac with water, Windex and Pledge, but no matter what I use, or how much I clean there are always annoying streaks.

    Now, I want to know how to clean it without these nasty streaks, and I know I could have searched the forum to find this out, but is it safe to even clean it?

    One night while cleaning with Windex and paper tower I noticed at the top of the screen behind the glass, there was a buildup of Windex. Terrified, I booted up the machine and ran it for several minutes and the buildup was gone, and is not noticeable at all. I was then Google searching iMac screen cleaning, and I discovered that it can be risky to clean the screen. The worst that's happened to my iMac besides the windex buildup behind the glass was when after I was cleaning the glass, there was a tiny tiny spec within the glass, that is only noticeable whilst looking at the screen from some angles.

    Now I'm too scared to clean my iMac, because I don't know a safe or smart way how to do it:p
     
  2. weekendsrule32 macrumors member

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    on the aluminum imac, the screen is held in with magnets. slip a razor very carefully in between the black border and the aluminum and pry it off. Have done it plenty of times. I recommend screen cleaning wipes instead of windex, although the screen is glass so it might not matter. Hope i helped:rolleyes:
     
  3. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    Use optics cleaner or a product like I clear for the screen. I would never use things like Windex on a computer. Optics cleaner and a micro-fiber cloth.
     
  4. Shadow2k macrumors member

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    I use a moist (water, no chemicals) micro fiber cloth to clean my computer screens.
     
  5. kurosov macrumors 6502a

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    I use glass Polish to clean the screen then a dry spectacle cleaning cloth to remove any streaks later on.
     
  6. rgarjr macrumors 603

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  7. TheScavenger macrumors regular

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    Apple recommends iKlear to their techs for cleaning the iMac glass.
     
  8. macmee thread starter Suspended

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    I'm not brave enough to take the glass off :p. But thanks everyone for the tips. I'm going to ditch the Windex, and try some iKlear, Glass polish and micro-fiber cloth:).
     

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