How do I clean iMac screen


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 2, 2010
What should one use to clean the outside of a screen of an iMac that has got a little dirty?


macrumors 65816
Dec 21, 2010
Here’s all you need to clean you iMac’s screen:

1: Two micro fibre cloths (ensure that they haven’t been used for cleaning anything else, so they won’t have any other cleaning solutions on them).

2: Moisten one of the micro fibre cloths with tap water and wring out as much water as you can (it should be damp not wet).

3: Wipe the screen.

4: Use the dry one to wipe the screen dry.

5: I also have a large camera lens cleaning cloth that I use to wipe off finger marks. I tend to give the screen a wipe with the micro fibre cloths once a month, and in between I wipe it over with the lens cleaning cloth or if I need to wipe finger marks off etc,

I also use the same cleaning method on my iPad’s screen too.

The cleaning methods I have described will give you a clean and shiny screen. And will do as good a job (if not better) than the expensive cleaning kits, which in my opinion are a waste of money.

Whatever you do, don't use glass cleaning solutions or cleaning solutions that contain alcohol. These can damage the coating that is on the iMac's screen!

Even Apple recommend cleaning the iMac's screen with soft cloths and water, see the below link.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 28, 2012
I've been using Windex for the past six years. I know Apple says not to use glass cleaners, but I've never noticed any damage on my iMac or MBA.


macrumors regular
Dec 14, 2012
Maryland Eastern Shore
First, IPS is not a coating on the glass. It is a technology imbedded into the LCD display. It stands for In-Plane Switching and it reduces the display's response time and clarifies the image when looking at it from off-center angles.

Second, the oleophobic coating is not so easy to damage that occasional use of alcohol to disinfect the display is a problem. The bigger prohibition agaist the use of rubbing alcohol is that it leaves a haze that is incredibly difficult to get rid of.

Just use a damp, lint free cloth and a little elbow grease. iKlear and other such products help but they can get a little pricey over the long run.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 31, 2007
Interesting. I didn't know iMacs have that. I thought it was only on iOS devices. My MBA definitely doesn't.
I'm quite sure that the iMac doesn't have oleophobic coating.

I can easily clean my new iPhone and iPad with a dry glass cloth, with the iMac it clearly need some humidity.


macrumors regular
Dec 14, 2012
Maryland Eastern Shore
The newer 2012 and later iMacs have an oleophobic/anti-glare coaing just like the iOS devices. That would be the only coating to worry about. The older iMacs have no coating on the glass so it would not be an issue.


macrumors 6502
Sep 10, 2012
The Real Northern California
For smears and contaminants other than dust . . . . . dampen a soft 100% cotton towel/cloth with distilled water, wipe, then use a dry 100% cotton towel/cloth to buff to avoid spotting and water marks.

For dust, photographic lens quality micro-fibre cloth.

Do not allow direct sunlight on screen.