How do you clean your display?

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  1. clank72 macrumors regular

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    Between my younger daughter and son, my 27in Display really gets the finger prints. I've tried using a micro fiber cloth and it comes clean but it always leaves some smudges that are almost impossible to rub out. I thought about using some finer jewelry cleaner but wanted to check here first.

    What's working for you guys? What's your process?
     
  2. BenTrovato macrumors 68020

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    What works best for me is water/vinegar solution or just water. I dab it on a soft tissue and wipe. The micro fiber cloths are fine to go over after you've cleaned it to take away any smudges like how you clean glasses but my method works streak and smudge free every time.
     
  3. mic j macrumors 68030

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    Turn off display. Wipe display with a barely damp (water only) soft lint free cloth (I actually use a diaper). Dry with a different soft lint free cloth. Done.
     
  4. dyn macrumors 68030

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    I'd only use the water + vinegar or water + alcohol (special wipes for glasses/displays) when the smudges are too greasy and won't clean off using a damp microfibre cloth. Don't use the jewelry cleaner stuff because it will polish. That means it will rub the coating off the display making it even more ugly. Stick to a damp microfibre cloth or special cleaning solutions for windows/glasses/displays if the microfibre cloth fails (these cleaning solutions do a better job at preserving the coating layer).
     
  5. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    There is no way I would use vinegar. Terrible advice.
     
  6. Abazigal macrumors 604

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  7. triptolemus macrumors 6502

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    Damp microfiber cloth followed by dry microfiber cloth.

    Vinegar is highly acidic, has solvent properties, is totally unnecessary, and should not be recommended.
     
  8. dyn macrumors 68030

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    That's why you dissolve it in water (just a few drops) and only use it if everything else fails. The same applies to those "special products" since they are no more than alcohol/vinegar dissolved into water.

    Any form of paper should be avoided as it will sand off the coating. Use a soft lint-free cloth instead (such as the microfibre cloth; most manufacturers supply this with phones, displays, etc.).
     
  9. mic j macrumors 68030

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    You eating ribs and then trying to wipe the splatter from your screen with your fingers? The greasiest thing I've ever had on my screen is a fingerprint and water and soft cloth has always been able to remove it. I do find snot (from when I sneeze on the screen) to be a little more difficult to remove....if you let it dry on the screen.
     
  10. dyn macrumors 68030

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    Don't pretend you have knowledge about something if you don't as people will see through that rather quickly. In this case your complete lack of experience with children shows and to some extend even colleagues. There are people, especially young children who'll point at the display and will touch it with their greasy fingers. Everyone has greasy fingers because ones skin is oily in order to protect it from the elements. It's this oily/greasy substance that is really difficult to get rid off off surfaces such as glass, matte black painted objects and so on. The only way to get rid of oily/greasy substances on those surfaces is aggressive stuff like vinegar and alcohol.

    Now you could and, to some extend, should keep children away from computers and/or learn them not to touch the display. When they do you should quickly clean the display but this is not always possible nor does it always work. The same way one should not be sneezing towards the display but away from it. Quickly turning your head is enough.
     
  11. mic j macrumors 68030

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    You obviously take screen cleaning very seriously. I apologize for my feeble attempt at forum humor. Really have to learn how to use those emoticons.

    But to be clear...I will never use vinegar mixed with water or alcohol on my computer screen. I do use vinegar mixed with water on wood floors, bathroom tiles (especially around toilets), and to clean my All-Clad stainless steel cookware. It's a great grease cutter. We use a hydrochloric/sulfuric acid combination in the lab to clean glassware. Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting using that as a screen cleaner.

    Have a great day!!!
     
  12. Abazigal macrumors 604

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    Noted. I clean my iMac screen very infrequently (maybe wipe it once every few months when the spots really accumulate on it), so I haven't really noticed anything untoward with using paper. :p
     
  13. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    http://www.samsclub.com/sams/sprayway-glass-cleaner-4-19oz-cans/165019.ip

    Been using this stuff for years after a friend who's a commercial Window tinter turned me on to it. Used it for cleaning my Mac screens from 27" iMacs to iPhone 1st gen so at least over 8 years.

    and barely damp Magic Erasers for the aluminum of any of the laptops/iPad backs, etc they clean that aluminum very well.
     

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