How To Clean Wrist Area By TrackPad

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  1. ghsNick macrumors 68020

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    I just got a new MacPad cover thing and had a couple questions about cleaning the trackpad and area around it.

    They had tiny Alcohol wipes to wipe down the area and I did it...I noticed it really cleaned up the thing.

    My question is could Alcohol Wipes (a light amount) cause any issues?
    Or should I just go with water?
     
  2. nunes013 macrumors 65816

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    I have never used alcohol so I cant say if it would cause any issues. I use a slightly damp paper towel to clean down the computer once every week or so and its works great. No problems thus far.
     
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    Yeah I just do a once weekly wipe down of the whole chassis with the cloth it came with and a little eyeglass lens cleaner.
     
  4. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

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    Alcohol shouldn't cause any problems reacting with Al.
     
  5. Dark Void macrumors 68030

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    i use a microfiber for the screen and a paper towel for the base and keys, both with filtered water so no chemicals.
     
  6. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3226

    "Do not use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives that might damage the finish."

    Alcohol wipes don't include any of those, does it?
     
  7. smallnshort247 macrumors 6502a

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    I just wipe my MBP down with a damp (water) wash cloth. My 2010 MBP still looks brand new imo.
     
  8. silverf1re macrumors regular

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    I just use my LCD cleaner and a microfiber cloth for the whole macbook pro; aluminum, glass, and plastics. Works fine for me.
     
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  10. ghsNick thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ;)
     
  11. Skybar macrumors member

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    Alcohol (ethanol) is a solvent, yes.
     
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  13. mtip macrumors member

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    It is a solvent indeed, but it's not strong enough to damage the aluminum, glass or plastic parts of the MBP.

    Alcohol dissolves most of the dirt and grime easily and evaporates quickly (so if small amounts do get inside the laptop, there most likely won't be any damage).

    In my experience, if you have nothing else at hand, a microfiber cloth moistened in plain unflavored vodka works wonders (also on AG screens for me, but YMMV). Pure ethanol (96%-99%) is even better but might be difficult to obtain.
     

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