How to clean aluminum on MacBook Pro

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  1. Outkast27 macrumors 6502

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    I searched how to clean mac book pro and did not see what Im looking for. I noticed on older mac book pros the palm rests look faded. I noticed mine mbpr had those same wear spots on it, so I wiped them off with glass cleaner. What Should I use to clean the aluminum? I'd like to prevent that worn look if I can.
     
  2. TonyHoyle macrumors 6502a

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    The apple store used to sell stuff called 'iklear' which was designed for cleaning macbooks. It makes them good as new - haven't seen it on sale recently though (OTOH my bottle has lasted 3 years and isn't empty yet..)
     
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    I've used a small amount of rubbing alcohol/Isopropyl and it works great plus it disinfects which is great. Or if you want you could try some eye glasses cleaner. I would not use the stuff on your screen (if you have the antiglare kind) or trackpad.
     
  4. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    This. You can also use just water. iKlear is a gimmick just like a lot of things the apple store sells. No reason to go out and buy something when you most likely have what will work perfectly fine already
     
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    I like my gimmick's - I recommend iKlear - even though it is exactly what BeeJee says it is... a gimmick.
     
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    I've still have iKlear stuff that I bought years ago. It's good for the screen (antiglare screens) because the manufacture/apple approve of its use on screens. I don't always trust manufacturer's recommendations but for this I do.

    But, I only use it like once a year (or longer in some cases) and the rest of the year I don't touch my screen or I use a little water.
     
  8. BeeJee macrumors 6502

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    I wasn't trying to put down your suggestion so I'm sorry if I came off a little abrasive. I'm sure iKlear does work as a lot of people use them on these forums and I would probably purchase it too if I had an exposed antiglare screen like yourself, just to be a little more safe with it. However, if it's just a normal glossy screen a microfiber cloth and water work great.
     
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    I as well us a little bit of rubbing alcohol on the aluminum. Works well. I used iklear but it looked the same as my method.
     
  11. Krauser macrumors regular

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    I clean my MacBook with a mixture of half water and half isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth. It cleans really well and air dries completely. Gets a lot of the keyboard gunk off as well as leaving the chassis and screen shiny as new and streak free.
     
  12. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    Everything is all good and there is no need for apologies. What you said did not come across as a put down of any sort :).

    I just thought that I should also have mentioned that I too purchased some of that iKlear stuff. I bought it not knowing really anything about the many different ways of cleaning matte screens back then.
     
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    I second what he said ^
     

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