How do you clean your screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kindashoulda, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. kindashoulda macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    I take my macbook everywhere. It's a pretty rugged and solid piece, but the screen is getting pretty dirty. I'm afraid to use windex or anything like that. What are your suggestions?
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    windex works fine if you have the glossy screen since is glass.
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I'm not sure I'd want to use windex on it....

    I've heard its not really a smart thing to do.
  4. masteroflondon macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2007
    London, UK
    I use Monster Screen Clean (I think that's the name, definitely Monster is the brand) as sold by Apple.

    I started using this with my matte Mac's but now also the glossy, which I presume are less fussy anyway. I also use it on all my LCD tv's, picture frames etc.

    Works brilliantly, no smears. Looks pretty smeary when you start but suddenly evaporates, leaving everything clean and lovely.
  5. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

    May 26, 2009
    Personally I follow the instructions in the user handbook that came with the macbook pro.

    "Clean with a damp micro fiber cloth with water"

    Do not use windex as it contains Ammonia which is acidic (not good if it leaks past the glass, and would kill the LCD screen behind it).

    If you don't want to use water, which I don't see why you wouldn't as Apple says to use water, then make an Isopropyl solution with water:

    50% isopropyl (rubbing alcohol)
    50% water

    Spray that solution (once mixed well) onto a micro fiber cloth and wipe the screen, this is exactly what is in all commercial screen cleaners only without the expensive price tag.
  6. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    Spit and my left sock. (The right sock is for the keyboard).

    Of course if I'm barefoot I'll use "Glass Plus" and a cotton towel. It's like windex without the ammonia.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If I'm lazy, I'll hose it off, if I want to really clean it, I'll put it in the dishwasher

  8. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Water. The best solvent in the whole wide world! I mean, I don't see why you would need anything more unless you're eating greasy food and then wiping it on the screen but for just fingerprints here and there, water and a soft cloth works fine!
  9. Eshyn macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2009
    I too opt for the damp microfiber method for my matte screen. Works great.
  10. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    Ammonia builds up, you will eventually get a hazy layer of gunk that is a pain to remove.

    Distilled water or LCD cleaner should work fine.

    A microfiber cloth between your keyboard and screen when you close your notebook helps keep the finger-grease off the screen.
  11. ShortCutMan macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2005
    I use iKlear. Gets rid of all the crap that builds up making it a lot clearer.
  12. kindashoulda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    THanks for the tip on this! A friend actually had a bottle of it, but i didn't know what it was until i read your post. I'm with you 100%. No smears, and my iphone looks brand new everytime i use it. CHeaply priced too so I went out and bought a few bottles.

  13. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    If you wear glasses, use that. If not, it's available cheaply at most grocery stores or pharmacies.
  14. earth.mark.two macrumors newbie


    May 23, 2009
    I use a cheaper alternative I got from my local Mac store (not an official Apple store, just a little 20sq.f building) that was only AUD10, instead of the AUD45 iKlear costs. It's got only one bottle of solution and one cloth though, so it's obvious why iKlear costs extra, but also does everything I need, and it came with this awesome little dust brush that I LOVE. So yeah, just shop around, any LCD screen cleaner will work. Like the others mentioned, Windex is a bad idea because it has Ammonia :)
  15. kindashoulda thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    Checked out that stuff and it looks pretty legit.. I'll give it a shot :D
  16. creon macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    A Cotton Cloth and Water ;).

    Best thing you can do without the expansive price tag!
  17. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2007
    In the Sub-Basement of Solitude
    Personally, the best way to clean LCD monitors is to use the same stuff to clean eyeglasses with (spraying it onto, say a kimwipe). I've always had to many problems with water, resulting in streaking....

  18. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008

    This stuff is really good, and you can buy it with a microfibre cloth (my cloth survives the washing machine fine, so should be good for years).

    US $15 for 4 oz. spray + cloth will last you for ever, unless you clean your screen about 10 times a day.
  19. mcpryon2 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    I just use water, then when it's dry I go over it with the cloth that came with the MBP. I don't want to use any chemicals because the glass is acrylic glass, not silica glass.
  20. ItsAllLuck macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2009
    the monster screen cleaner works really well on my iphone as well. i used to use water, but i'm realizing how it doesn't really do much.
  21. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    This :D

    I actually use some wipes made for glasses that seem to work pretty well.
  22. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    The little LCD screen wipes. They come in a box and each wipe is individually wrapped, sort of like a wet nap. They clean the screen very well and don't streak.
  23. Thiol macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2008
    I second iKlear. I like the little disposable towelettes.
  24. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2009
    Apologies if this is kind of off-topic, but it's cleaning product related. Is it just me, or does the IKlear Apple Polish cleaning stuff sold at every Apple store... Just suck?

    I know it says polish, and the instructions say to spray it on and buff it until it disappears completely, but I've never been completely happy cleaning my mac or iPod with it. It always seems to leave a bunch of residue no matter what I do.

    You'd think Apple would sell a better general purpose cleaner, even if it's just purified water in a spray bottle.
  25. sascha h-k macrumors 6502

    sascha h-k

    Apr 26, 2004
    vienna / austria

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