cleaning the screen?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by karilynn, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. karilynn macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2011
    Saint Paul, MN
    Hi all - I just got a brand spankin' new iMac (not the fancy retina one, unfortunately) but I am wondering how I can clean the screen. I've only had it for a week and it is already a spotty mess! Not sure how this happened so quickly with a screen that I don't touch, but anyway...

    I tried the cleaning cloth it came with and it didn't get rid of the little spots. I'm afraid to use any type of cleaner or water and ruin the screen. I tried to do some research on how to clean it but I could only find older posts and maybe they've changed the screen with this new one?

    Anyone had any success with a specific product or maybe a microfiber cloth and some water? thanks!
  2. robo74 macrumors 6502


    Feb 6, 2004
    Near Chicago
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    Official info right here from Apple says soft cloth dampened with water.

    That said, I use Invisible Glass sprayed on a microfibre cloth and never had any problems with it.

  4. karilynn thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2011
    Saint Paul, MN
    thanks you guys.

    I tried to dampen the cloth that came with the iMac and it left huge blurry smudges all over the screen and then I had a mini panic attack thinking that I ruined the screen, but the more I kept wiping, the better it got. I'll tell you what though, that was the most intense, anxiety-ridden thing that has happened in a long time.
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68030


    Apr 23, 2013
    This stuff is excellent

    Obviously you'll have to find a dealer near you. It's quite thick so doesn't run, spray it onto the cloth and then clean your screen. I use it on a rMBP and my plasma television. One bottle lasts years.
  6. PixelpusherBV macrumors member

    Dec 16, 2013
    Harwich, UK
    A damp, slightly soapy cloth has always worked for me. Followed up, if required, with any generic glass cleaner. No damage in 7 years for me cleaning the screen like this.
  7. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    I must admit that I have, from time to time, used glass stovetop polish :eek: very sparingly to get rid of every last streak and get a sleek almost waxed car finish. That said, It is altogether possible that some of the coating might have been effected, but I see no signs of that. Keep in mind I used just a wee bit on a damp cloth and polished it off. I could never get 100% streak free with normal methods.
  8. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    I use a somewhat damp soft cloth then dey it with a microfiber cloth. Same for all my monitors and the TV.
    In case it's not enough, you can use a little window cleaner.
  9. FreemanW macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2012
    The Real Northern California
    Microfibre cloth for the win.

    I will just add that for the errant fingerprint or smudge, I use a soft cotton terry cloth, dampened with distilled water . . . . then cleanup with the microfibre cloth.

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