How to clean a macbook trackpad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Star Destroyer, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006
    its simple, how do i clean my macbooks trackpad?

    I dont want it to get dirty, also i dont want it to get streaky or broken :D

  2. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
  3. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2006

    So i wanna use the Mr.clean magic eraser but, i wanna know if i can use that over the trackpad to clean it?
    Or will the product ruin the sensitivity of the trackpad?

  4. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    Dirt shouldn't be a problem, I just think a damp cloth will suffice. What I doubt you can remove, is the way it sort of goes 'shiney' - this annoys me but there isn't one trackpad that's had a decen amount of useage that avoids this, to my knowledge.
  5. iJawn108 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2006

    depends one what you are trying to clean off.

    ink or something i'd use rubbing alcohol.

    grease or dust human related dirtyness i'd use a highly diluted dish soap.

    and a very soft lense cleaner type rag if you care about scartches.
  6. joooollie macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2006

    I dont know whats in this magic eraser, but it may contain bleach or something, so i would avoid that as it may damage the thin peice of material that is the trackpad. I would recommend a damp microfiber cloth, no soap or anything. If you don't have a microfiber cloth, you can get one at any pharmacy near eyeglasses tools. Also try an electronics or photo store, because they will likely have screen cleaning cloths. Staples or office max will have them too. If you really cant deal with spending 3 dollars on one of them, though i highly recommend it for all devices with an lcd screen or any type of screen, go for a damp cloth. It may scratch though, and it wont be as gentle. I beg you to use a microfiber.
  7. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my laptops' trackpads. I used it on my iBook's trackpad always, and I do on my MacBook too. However, unlike when cleaning the palm rests, I don't apply any pressure on the trackpad.

    I don't think the Mr. Clean contains any bleach, I think it's just a really, really, really fine micro something sponge that works amazingly well, lol. If it had bleach or some chemical I would think the box would have to say that. The box doesn't say anything about anything.
  8. ormandj macrumors member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Very lightly damp cloth. Screen cleaner should be safe as well. Anything else can potentially damage the trackpad. Don't put pens, markers, white-out, or whatever on your trackpad - this is common sense. If you have a roommate who throws markers at you all day, you should charge them for the repair costs.
  9. joooollie macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2006

    well i looked up the magic eraser. I was picturing it as something similar to one of those tide to go pens or something. It looks fine to use, though i would really have to see it, so i would say just go with the microfiber, but it sounds like neither would do any damage to your trackpad. DONT use a wet cloth if you want scratch free trackpads. It very well may scratch, because of the large cotton fibers, etc. But the magic eraser sponge seems alright to me from what i found on the internet
  10. jamone80 macrumors regular

    Sep 22, 2006
    So Cal
    i could be wrong but i remember reading somewhere that when dealing with the trackpad, exposure to moisture (damp cloth) should be avoided. :confused:
  11. joooollie macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2006

    And what im trying to say is he should take a microfiber cloth, douse it lightly in water, hang it to dry but take it down before its completely dry so its moist but not wet. the microfiber itself might even work.
  12. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    As long as any moisture is confined to the trackpad itself, and does not seep into the corners around it, there shouldn't be any issues related to moisture.
  13. drnick1988 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    mister clean magic eraser

    go ahead and get the mr clean eraser. its completely harmless. the sponge is made out of some crazy soap, and does wonders for my iBook. DONT wet the sponge though, cause when it gets wet it starts to dissolve, thus being a fantastic cleaning agent though if used wet it will use a residue on your laptop, though that can be taken off with a damp cloth. just take the sponge out of the box, and still dry, rub it on the track pad and palm rests and...well....the rest of the ocmputer. its completely harmless on the shiny plastic of the clamshell and on the keys. also, unlike nail polish remover (which idiot me tried once.) this will not take off any of the writing on the maching, I.E. the Macbook name, serial number, anything.
    if theres a really tough spot of dirt or palm oil that wont come off, then wet the sponge a LITTLE, just enough so that if you touched it youd be like, oh, thats a little damp, not like, woah, dont touch that, its soaked.
    mr clean erasers are like 4 bucks for a 4 pack at Target. theyre amazing.
  14. funkypepper macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2007
    hi everyone, i have an issue

    i have an one-year old+ macbook and my touch pad got little dirty, it has slightly noticeable black areas on it.

    the point, i am looking for a home-made solution.. a micro-fiber cloth and some cologne would do good?
  15. blain7 macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2008
  16. gelatin macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2006
    i want to clean under my clicker on my trackpad. it makes a funny noise like there are crumbs under it or something.
    anyone know how i can do that?
  17. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Difficult to say not know which computer you have.
  18. Illicit macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Waterloo, ON
    Get a keyboard cleaning brush that has bristles and just dust away.
    One long deep stroke should do it.

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