How to Clean white macbook

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  1. MikaelSmoot macrumors member

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    Does anyone know how to clean the keyboard of a white early 2008 macbook 13.3

    get out the little hairs and dirt thats gotten in the keys over the past year.

    Also what about the air vent under the monitor any way to clean that?
     
  2. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Buy one and give your Macbook a rubdown, you won't believe how effective it is. I'm considering buying stock in this product, it's amazing.

    Do NOT get the eraser on the LCD display though, it will leave a mark.

    Also some compressed air will get all those unsightly body hairs that you are shedding out from underneath your keyboard. ;)
     
  3. Prekesh macrumors regular

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    Awesome! can you use the magic eraser on the keys and trackpad?
     
  4. tjsdaname macrumors 6502

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    you can use it on the key's.... but not the trackpad!!!
     
  5. Prekesh macrumors regular

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    oohh alright

    A genius at my local Apple store told me that i should use something called "Anti-Static Foam Cleaner" to clean my trackpad.

    has anyone tried that before?
     
  6. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Yep. Try not to get moisture underneath the keys but you can give them a good buffing with the magic eraser as well. I'm excited to hear how this works for you. I have literally 3-4 boxes of these in my desk drawer, they work wonders on every white or gray Apple part or product you can think of. :D
     
  7. someguy macrumors 68020

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    +1.

    This product worked wonders on my MacBook. Bought it used, and it showed. Not anymore! :)
     
  8. boston44 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the heads up on the magic eraser..hadn't thought of that one. I use wipes, but they don't really work well...
     
  9. andalusia macrumors 68030

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    Does it matter if the dirt has accumulated over a couple of years, or should this be done regularly once a month or so? I'm hoping it will still clean off when I come to sell this laptop... but am not really bothered about using it now.
     
  10. kikedeolivos macrumors member

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    I live overseas (Argentina) and there's NO way to get Mr Clean Magic Eraser here: is there any other method to clean the white MacBook?

    (Apple sells here IClear or something like that, but it's a ripoff. (almost 50 bucks)

    Thanks
     
  11. presence06 macrumors member

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    I used a baby wipe on my screen.. it did leave a very faint residue/line where i wiped. Tried to "buff" it out but i can't notice it unless it's in the sun..
     
  12. Laroosco macrumors member

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    I used a magic eraser earlier this year to clean my G4 iMac. I hadn't cleaned it since I bought it new in early '04.

    Before I knew it my iMac looked like brand new again
     
  13. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    Email sent. :D
     
  14. neworleans-7 macrumors regular

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    I just bought a pack of these things. I have one question before I get to cleaning though. Does this work on the outer casing polycarbonate or just the material where the keyboard is?
     
  15. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    I don't have experience with them on a MacBook specifically, but I do know that the material that they are made of is roughly the equivalent of very, very fine grained sandpaper (like automotive finishing style sandpaper). I would stay away from glossy areas of polycarbonate with them, as I've used them to clean polcarbonate iPhone cases before, and they immediately remove the glossy finish from them. If fact, I think the packaging mentions to not use them on soft or glossy plastics (or maybe I saw that online somewhere when researching the material they are made of).
     
  16. rsm10 macrumors newbie

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    i love my white macbook... i hate being a smoker.. its now a different colour:(
     
  17. neworleans-7 macrumors regular

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    Oh ok, thanks. I haven't opened it up so I haven't felt them or anything yet.
     
  18. harmyharm macrumors newbie

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    Eye Glass Cleaner

    Take eye glass cleaner and glasses wipes, microfiber, to clean the screen and top lid. Also, you can use a little DVD envelope to clean out the dirt particles under the screen.
     
  19. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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    You are good to go in both places. I cut off a piece of eraser with scissors, get it wet, and then squeeze all of the water out of it that I can. The eraser should be barely damp at all. Then rub it all over the Macbook, obviously avoiding the open ports, LCD, and anything else that may allow water to enter your Macbook. But as long as you're careful of not touching electronics with the eraser, or allowing water to enter into your Macbook in any way, the only part the eraser will damage is the LCD display itself.
     
  20. Exile macrumors newbie

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    I apologize for being a little bit on the thick side but exactly how you use compressed air to get rid of the dirt under the keyboard.
    Do I just slam the nozzle under the keys and spray like a madman?

    Apples Nr. 1
     
  21. kikedeolivos macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I've read your email and I thank you for your help.

    The problem is that customs here are crooks.

    Will keep on thinking about it.

    Thanks!
     

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