Dirty Macbook Pro!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zachsternelson, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. zachsternelson macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    Hello all!

    I have a small personal issue with my Macbook Pro! For some reason, I tend to get laptops dirty, and so my macbook pro (7,1 2010 13") has a very dusty, fingerprinted screen, and the aluminum casing has finger smudges and some milk splashes along the trackpad/wrist rest area. What is a good way to clean the aluminum macbook without spending some money?
  2. Wattser93 macrumors regular

    Sep 6, 2010
    Please, please, don't eat and drink over your $1000+ laptop. It baffles me that people will eat and drink over their laptop, there's no reason to and it will cause greasy fingers to dirty up your keyboard, food crap to fall under the keys, and if you spill onto the logic board, POOF, good bye laptop, no warranty for that.
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    Same thing with my Mac. (yes, even those milk splashes)

    Just use water.
  4. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    Slightly dampened 100% cotton terrycloth washrag. Slightly dampened with just a bit of water.

    Works great on the metal, plastic and glass, and it's reusable.

    I don't use fabric softener and would imagine it's best not to.

    The real key is the SLIGHTLY dampened part. Don't get the thing wet to the point that moisture can be rubbed or dripped into your Mac.
  5. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    isopropyl alcohol will clean very well as well (breaks down the greases and is safe on electronics)...

    IF you use water
    you should be using distilled water as it is non-conductive (just in case.....)

    there are other products on the market as well, I use iklear
    or you can use any optical cleaning solution/wipes (like for camera lenses)
  6. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Power down machine.

    Magic Eraser followed by paper towel for everything but screen.

    Monster Screen Kleaner from Best Buy or Amazon (blue microfiber) use on screen and trackpad in up/down motions.
  7. HussainAL macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Wow, that's $1000+ coffee table!!

    I clean my MBP every week, I use LCD screen cleaner for LCD and general cleaning, but for hard spots, I use "Perfume", just one or two spray on cleaning cloth, the alcohol in the perfume will take care of hard spots. I have used perfume on my white Macbook before selling it, it tuned out very clean, the customer really impressed with how it looks...:)

    Or you can check out iClean for Mac and iPhone.
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    A bottle of Isopropyl Alcohol (can be purchased at your local drug store, supermarket, etc.) is much cheaper than perfume and doesn't contain fragrances, etc. that may be harmful to the hardware.
  9. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
    I love my new macbook pro, but I gotta say the paranoia of spilling a bit of water on the thing is crazy. Previously I used thinkpads and I spilled water (and other drinks) on them all the time... of course, thinkpads have built in drainage holes in the keyboard and are also easy to disassemble to clean when needed.

    Now I have to remember to keep any drinks and food on the opposite side of the desk, far far away from my baby. ;)
  10. HussainAL macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Not spraying directly on the case, just on the cloth, and I don't use it on the lcd, or directly on the keys, just the edges, it works perfectly for hard to remove spots on my old Macbook White, and I just use it for emergencies.

    Plus it makes the Macbook really sexy...:)

    I will try this product ... here iClean for the LCD.
  11. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2009
    Isopropyl alcohol only and nothing else. Because if you any water gets inside it may kill the system. Even distilled water can acquire some conductive elements on the way down and shorten stuff out.
  12. zachsternelson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    I just cleaned it with a very slighty damp cotton cloth (tap water) and it looks spotless now
  13. Luba, Nov 14, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2010

    Luba macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    Apple says "Important: Do not use isopropyl alcohol on the bare LCD panel. Only use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth or LCD cleaning product like iKlear."

    Apple also says "It is also safe to use isopropyl alcohol 70% or iKlear on the enclosure parts."

    Is a bare LCD panel the soft, sort of gooey material, that's exposed (uncovered) on the anti-glare LCD displays and also exposed on the old 30" Apple Cinema Display? I think that's what Apple means when they say "bare LCD panel." On today's glossy LCD displays (the ones with a black frame) there's a hard plastic covering (glass?), I believe that's ok to use with isopropyl alcohol?

    In any case, I've been using Bausch & Lomb Sight Savers (32% isopropyl alcohol, pre-moisten wipes for eyeglasses). They say it's good to use on computer monitors, but I wonder if it would be ok to use on anti-glare LCD displays which don't have the hard plastic/glass covering. Would 32% isopropyl alcohol be a low enough amount not to do damage on the soft gooey material?

  14. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I think by bare LCD panel they mean the panel with the anit-glare coating that was previously used on all Apple displays but now is only used on the MacBook/MacBook Air and the anti-glare MacBook Pros. It would also apply to the LCD panel that's under the glass on the iMac, MacBook Pro, and current Apple Cinema displays.

    I have a G4 17" iMac and the Mrs. has a Dell SE198FP display, both have anti-glare coatings and I clean them with a soft cloth damped with either plain water or occasionally with fresh dish water (warm water with Dawn) and then dry with a soft cloth. Works really well and both displays still look like new (the iMac after 7-years). I personally wouldn't use anything else.
  15. applevik macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2009
  16. GLS macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
    Once a week, I clean all 6 Macbooks here...using this method. Seems to work fine:

    -Shut down

    -Using 90% rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth, wipe down all the outside.

    -Using same cloth, wipe down the keyboard/palmrest area and trackpad

    -Using a cloth diaper moistened with water, wipe screen.

    -Using a second cloth diaper, dry the screen.

    -Finally, using a lens cloth I picked up at a eyeglass store, polish the display.
  17. revelated macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2010
    Your pleas will fall on deaf ears. In my estimation, about 1% of Apple computer owners actually take care of their machines. I see at least three threads talking about something spilled on their MacBook and I can't help but wonder why people are having beverages and food near such an expensive device. Whatever though.

    My MBP looks just like the day I got it, except for the rainbow apple logo. Otherwise, pristine.
  18. arcite macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2009
    Cairo, trapped in a pyramid with my iphone
    Alright.... I caved today and spent $31 on a bottle of vastly overpriced iKlear...but I have to admit, it works.
  19. i3igsmooth5769 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I know everyone has different habits and levels of cleanliness, but im with you...why even run the risk...my friend's MBP is just a shame to look at, and he worked long and hard to be able to purchase it. I guess some people just dont care or see a clean macbook as a priority.
  20. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I could never let a CRUMB near my MBP :p
    Apart from a few minor scratches on the battery cover, mine literally looks brand new.
  21. zachsternelson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    Would you petty apple fanboys please stop complaining about eating/drinking near your laptop?

    It's a computer, I work at a desk 10 hours a day, where do you expect me to go when I need a drink, snack, meal etc.? It's not meant to be kept in pristine condition for the rest of it's life. Even If I did spill food all over my macbook and break it, I have the money to replace it, so I don't worry about it.
  22. croooow, Nov 15, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2010

    croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    Then why ask about a good way to clean the MacBook without spending some money if you have so much you can just replace it without worrying? If you are going to eat and drink while using it, why try to keep it clean? Just enjoy your food.
  23. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Get 'em tiger. OCD-types can't imagine how anyone would live their frickin' life next to some beautiful machine. It's a tool. You bought it, you can ruin it if you want (assuming your parent or school didn't - then that would be rude). Fools leave their DeWalt drills in the rain too.

    If I were you I'd invest in a moshi keyboard cover at least. This will block the blueberry muffin crumbs and milk splashes (who drinks milk? how old are you?) from your keyboard internals. Replacing your keyboard on a unibody is a b$&ch.
  24. zachsternelson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    Just because someone has money, doesn't mean they need to spend it. You're the biggest troll I've ever seen on a forum. If there is a perfectly good way to clean a product without spending money, then why not use that way, and save the money.

    If you are going to eat and drink while using it, why try to keep it clean? Just enjoy your food. Wow....... You're pretty mature, I think at least. I like to keep my products clean, but I don't wear rubber gloves and use my laptop in a dust free environment.

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