computer screen cleaner

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Ipaqman, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. Ipaqman macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2003
    hi everyone,
    i was just woundering what you guys use to clean ur computer screen. will i damage the powerbook screen if i use eye glass cleaner?
    thanks for your help.
  2. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    Yes, you probably will. I use iKlear religiously.
  3. Ipaqman thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2003
    does windex work or does it just mess up the screen?
    thanks for your help
  4. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    I believe Windex may have something in it that will damage the protective coating on your display or I've heard. It just take a paper towel, wet it down, ring it out good and then gently clean the finger prints off the display and have a SOFT cloth available in case you get too much water on the display. Try very hard not to let any water go between the display and the edges. Thats the reason for the soft cloth.

    As far as the other parts of the computer, I use rubbing alcohol to clean the rest of my computer, trying not to get it on my display of my flat panel iMac. It gets the finger prints off and also takes all the germs off it.
  5. TheWitePony macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2003
    get you some iKlear, I use it and it works great. And when you're finished cleaning the screen the cloth is handy for cleaning the rest of your powerbook.

    as for the household cleaners, I'd steer clear of those, you don't know what's in that stuff. If you really can't bring yourself to spend the cash on an approved cleaning solution, check you're manual it states to use a lent free lightly damp cloth.
  6. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
  7. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    Stay away from anything containing ammonia it will eat the coating the factory puts on the glass. I use a product taht I find at my local Drug Store called "Endust for Electronics" It's specifically made for TVs, Computer monitors, VCRs etc. It's ammonia free and wax free. I just looked at the can and can only see that it is ditributed by Kiwi Brands, Douglassville, PA 19518-1239 in the USA.
  8. masterjedi73 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2004

    So those electronics cleaning cloths are ok for this?
  9. beefcake macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2003
    iKlear WARNING

    If you plan on using iKlear, your display must be cold or it will streak like nothing else. Leave the display off for a few hours (at night maybe) prior to cleaning, otherwise you'll just make it look worse.
  10. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    I am confirming that this is absolutely true. iKlear is great but wait at least an hour ar two before wiping the screen down. (I put my computer in the freezer for 10 minutes).
  11. Sparky's macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2004
    I use my "Endust for Electronics" any time and it works just fine, no streaks no matter how long the computer or the TV for that matter have been on. I dooooo recommend using a 100% cotton rag though. Avoiding any abrasives will also extend the life of the screen.
  12. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    RadTech Laptop ScreensavRz + water + elbow grease. Works miracles on my 15" TiBook. Note: it doesn't repair deep scratches, but does a helluva job cleaning oil, dirty, grease, spit, nostral nuggets, blood, smudges, and other stuff you like to smear on your LCD screen.
  13. jtown macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2003
    I use filtered water and a soft cloth. The water will eventually add up to $0.01 over the course of several years and the cloth was once part of an old t-shirt which had depreciated to a value of $0.00 before being cut up for rags.

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