How do I clean an Aluminium Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by KillerMac, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. KillerMac macrumors newbie

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    Hey I know that there are a few threads on how to clean the white and black macbooks but can some one share some of ur tips on how u clean an aluminum macbook both screan and the unibody aluminum. I know its a little dumb but ho knows someone might have a better way.
     
  2. o2xygen macrumors regular

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    I heard wetting the cloth that came with your macbook and using it on the screen works well. Not too sure about the casing though, im interested to find the answer because mines getting a bit dirty
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Use the microfiber cloth that it came with. That's all I've been using since October, and it's spotless.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I use the iklear kit and it cleans it really nice.
     
  5. Aaleck macrumors 6502a

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    I use these clorox whipes that my girlfriend buys... they're just normal whipes, nothing special... they clean my iphone and macbook pro very well
     
  6. KillerMac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks guys for your replys. Yeah I use the microfiber cloth but who know some one might have a killer way to clean the aluminium body thats were im having problems. So keep those tips coming lol
     
  7. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I also use the iKlear kit and it works great :)
     
  8. MiroMac macrumors member

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    The cloth that comes with it works just fine.
     
  9. jmann macrumors 604

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    +1 I find that cloth meets all my cleaning needs. If all else fails a mr. clean magic eraser is good.
     
  10. akutad macrumors regular

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    Baby Wipes

    It may seem odd, but baby wipes work amazing on cleaning the keyboard and palm rest.
     
  11. Charles91 macrumors newbie

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    Macbook aluminum screen very very dirty!

    I have had a very bad cold, sneezing loads has not helped the sparkle of my screen. The cloth that came with the mac does not remove these hundreds of mucus dots! (embarrassing i know!) Would anyone recommend an alternative cleaning method please??

    thanks x
     
  12. Maxxim macrumors newbie

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    i use shop cloths (the blue ones) and distilled water. works great both for the aluminum and the screen.
     
  13. rgleason macrumors newbie

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    Windex Wipes

    I used to use the clorox wipes to clean all my Macs, but they don't do a good job on the glass screens of the unibodies, leaving it streaky and looking worse than before. I stumbled upon windex wipes, and they do the trick perfectly. They are amazing on the glass screen and also clean the rest of the aluminum very very well. I would definitely recommend checking them out.
     
  14. mathcolo macrumors 6502a

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    People here have failed to mention Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. For me and my MacBook, it does the cleaning job every time ;)

    Edit: Also, by the way, don't use that on the screen :D
     
  15. uberamd macrumors 68030

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    Well covering your mouth is a start.
     
  16. Charles91 macrumors newbie

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  17. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    For reals.
     
  18. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    I lost the black cloth that came with my macbook, would calling applecare get me a new one?
    How much do they cost in apple stores?

    I don't see any mention of that kind of stuff on the website.
     
  19. JDee macrumors 6502a

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    Wait? So If you lose your MacBook you get a new one now? Of course they don't give you knew accessories if you lost them.

     
  20. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    Come on, a 2300$ MacBook or a 0.10 cents piece of cloth? What kind of comparison is that.

    I mean that thing costs like nothing to produce so i thought they could send one for free at least, considering their overpriced policy.
     
  21. MedHead macrumors regular

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    I use the balck cloth for the screen and i got another one for the body. I usually just use a tiny bit of water with them.

    Does anyone have any suggestioins on taking that oily residue off the keys?

    (other than washing hands and getting a keyboard cover which i REFUSE to do)
     
  22. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    Apple is a company. They're not here to reimburse you if you can't take care of your things.
     
  23. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    You're suggesting to use a chemical abrasive on metal? Perhaps on the plastic MacBooks it's fine for cleaning seriously dirty spots, but I would not suggest using that on aluminium. It's not a very reactive metal, so something such as alcohol shouldn't do it harm. Some people use glass cleaner, to which I don't recommend because of the ammonia.
     
  24. Buskape macrumors 6502

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    Jeesh i was just asking if they sent em for free :rolleyes:, i don't mind paying for a new one i even asked for the price :rolleyes:..
     
  25. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You aren't applying anything directly to the aluminum in the first place. The powder coating is what you're "cleaning."
     

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