cleaning the screen? water left white streaks..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tresnotas, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. tresnotas macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    I just tried to clean the screen a bit with water and the cloth that came with the macbook pro as suggested by Apple, but this has left a LOT of white streaks on the screen. It actually looks worse than I started cleaning.

    What is the best way of cleaning the screen and having it look like new? iKlear, just water? Any other ways?
  2. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    Just water. Just moisten part of the cloth, don't soak or drench it. Wipe with circular motions, and then use a dry part of the cloth to dry it in circular motions. If there are droplets as you're applying the wet part of the cloth, you had way too much water. Some aftermarket cloths made for the same purpose work a little better than the supplied one.

    Don't use any kind of cleaner on the screen. Apple puts a coating on them, that make them better protected/easier to clean. Cleaners such as Windex, remove that. Or so I've been told.

    Water works though :)
  3. tresnotas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    yeah i have a feeling the cloth that came with it isn't doing a very good job as it's leaving some white stuff regardless of whatever direction i'm trying to clean and wipe it. i didn't put too much water on it either.

    what do you think is the best cloth is for cleaning with water?
  4. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
  5. tresnotas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    Awesome, that was actually the product I was looking at. So that doesn't leave any white stuff on the screen after cleaning with water?
  6. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    I've never had any kind of streaking with it :) Sometimes I don't even need to use water. (Often, just using that dry gets rid of just about anything that gets on the screens) :) Just remember if you do use water, a very small bit does the whole screen and more :)
  7. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Windex and a paper towel. I use it on my macbook pro, macbook air, iPad, iPhone and 27 inch ACDs. Despite what you hear it doesn't hurt the screen. Spray it on the paper towel first and then wipe the screen.
  8. tresnotas thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
    Do you turn off the computer when cleaning the screen? I know it's what's recommended but not sure if it is really needed.
  9. iZero macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2011
    I do, just to be on the safe side. On the iMac I'm not sure if it's necessary as there's nothing really that can get wet or damaged, but due to the openings for ventilation at the bottom of the screen on the case on the MBP's, I'd say you'd want to shut it down just for safety's sake. But I worry too much, I've been told :p
  10. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    There could be dirt/dust on that cloth. Just use water and a soft paper towel. It should do the trick.
  11. ctbear macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2010
    Try a damp coffee filter paper. Works extremely well on all kinds of screen.
  12. Berknip macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Go to any walmart, target, camera or eyeglasses store and get a small bottle of glasses/lens cleaner and a multi-fiber glasses/lens cleaning cloth. It shouldn't cost much at all, and you only need a small bottle/cloth.

    This is guaranteed not to scratch your monitors. I use this on all of my plasma TVs, LCD monitors, and laptops. I'd never recommend using windex or any ammonia based solution, nor 'paper towels' which are much harsher.

    Just my 2 cents.

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