Cleaning Retina screen?

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  1. jamin00 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys.

    Sorry if this has been done before but I see this post this morning.

    Should you not use any cleaning fluids at all or any liquids including water as this post would suggest??

    How do you clean yours as sometimes a MF on its own I find not enough.
     

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  2. Toutou macrumors 6502a

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    It's not possible to keep the screen clean without using any liquid. When you talk in front of it, cough or even sneeze, tiny droplets of saliva get on the screen and dry there pretty fast. They need to be cleaned with damp cloth. If you try that with a dry microfiber cloth, you risk scratching/bruising the screen even more, because you tend to apply more pressure.
     
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  4. Quu macrumors 68020

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    Get one of them kits off Amazon. They come with a squirty bottle of pre-mixed solution and a very soft and ample sized cloth. Perfect for cleaning all your gadgets.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Good idea, the only thing I'd avoid is using tap water. That may have some chemicals in the water, that could be a bit corrosive to the coating of the display.
     
  6. Tenashus1, Jul 18, 2015
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    Wear surgical gloves and mask. The patient is very sensitive. Perhaps you should have the Genius Bar do it. :)
     
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    Went to the local Apple Store today. The fellow I spoke to showed me how they clean the Mac screens every day. He used Whoosh, sprayed a bit on a microfiber cloth, turned the MBP so that the screen was open, but lying flat on the table with the keyboard vertically in the air. Then he firmly used the microfiber cloth on the screen. This was not a light, feathery touch, but a firm stroke. It amazed me. He was not gentle on the screen at all. And the screen showed absolutely clean. I asked him if I were to bring my 2015 MBP in for its first screen cleaning would they do it for me and he said yes. So, at least for the first time cleaning, that's what I'm going to do. Sounds funny but I don't want to ever be accused of causing some cosmetic problem.
     
  8. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

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    I use Windex every time on my rMB 12 and rMBP 13. Then I follow it up with a dry terry cloth (I have a stack for my cars) to get rid of any streaks or residue. Works perfectly every time with no scratches.

    If your friend who posted that "tip" has issues with his retina display he should take it back. In my experience they're not that fragile. Common sense dictates they SHOULDN'T be that fragile.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Skika macrumors 68030

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    Im not sure thats a good idea.
     
  10. Vesuvio Cat macrumors regular

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    Yeah, there is a whole "ScreenGate" thing going on with the early 2013 rMBPs. I have a friend who had one and the coating was detaching leaving big ugly stains. Apparently it is a combination of hand oils being on the keys when the cover is closed and the chemicals in screen sprays that erode the coating.

    I just use water and a napkin. Seems to be good enough.
     
  11. Candurin macrumors regular

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    Why would glass cleaner be a bad idea? Screen is made from glass.

    Keep in mind, almost all of the commercial eyeglass and screen cleaners are simply cleaning and wetting agents and all work in the same fashion (wet, encapsulate the dirt and wipe to remove).
     
  12. Skika macrumors 68030

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    Because Apple officially states otherwise, and the screen i believe is not just glass since the introduction of the retina on macbooks, it has a special coating.

     
  13. Ovedius macrumors 6502

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    Anyone here tried using vinegar to clean the screen?
    I've seen a couple of forum posts recommending the use of water with a dash of vinegar but I've never tried it myself.

    So, anyone tried it? Safe?
     
  14. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

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    This is definitely an "ask four people, get five replies", question.
     
  15. ABC5S macrumors 68040

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    Agree 1000% +

    Every question starting with "What is the best" of anything posts are definitely a loaded question to ask on any forum for the different responses they will get, leading them back to "But, what is the best"
     
  16. Ovedius macrumors 6502

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    Ha, yeah definitely.
    I think maybe quite a few people, myself included, are quite paranoid about the specter of "staingate".
    -irrationally so.


    ...so how about vinegar? :p
     

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