How do I clean the aluminum shell of my Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TantalizedMind, May 9, 2014.

  1. TantalizedMind macrumors 6502a

    TantalizedMind

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    I searched the forum but can't find any suggestions. My Mini is a little dirty. It had dust which I wiped off but there are some light smudges on the case. I don't want to use harmful chemicals.

    Should I just try a VERY damp, soft sponge?
     
  2. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    For smudges, you might have good luck with window or general purpose cleaner. It won't harm the plastic or aluminum. Window cleaner might be better to remove fingerprints/smudges.
     
  3. TantalizedMind thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  4. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Im often cleaning aluminum products and use only:

    90%+ rubbing alcohol
    Microfiber cloth

    I've used the same with MBPs and minis. Just make sure the liquid goes onto the cloth first!
     
  5. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    I second the rubbing alcohol and mf cloth.

    Here in Canada I always buy from Pharmasave Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol 70%,works great on screens ect!
     
  6. shaunp macrumors 65816

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    I always dunk mine in a bucket of hot soapy water and leave it to soak for a bit. Then give it a good hard scrub with wire wool. Comes out sparkling. ;)
     
  7. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Good grief, what next.

    My motorcycle gets an oil change and general once over very 2 or 3 months. The mirrors, seat, and other functional parts get a dust off as required, but it has only been cleaned once in the 10 years I have owned it. That was when the mechanic had a quiet day and wanted something to do.

    My Mac Mini had RAM upgrade and a general clean on the inside after I had owned it for about 3 years, and might get the same come 6 years, next year. Outside, it just gets a dust when I disconnect it to take to work on the odd occasion.

    I don't know why people are so concerned about keeping things pristine. The "Show us your Mac" thread pictures all look like the charlady just left.

    I reckon things are far more interesting if they look like they are being used, and bear the scars of day to day life.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Before using alcohol, try some ordinary Glass Plus on a rag, paper towel, etc.

    Make sure you use "Glass Plus", and not Windex, which contains ammonia...
     

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