How to get a clean screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JLH81, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. JLH81 macrumors member

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    Hello,

    What do you all use to clean the screen on your MBP's? I have tried several different cleaners made for laptop screens, and I have yet to use one that doesn't show awful streaks when the light hits the screen.

    Can anyone recommend a good cleaner that doesn't smear? I really need some help!

    Thanks!
     
  2. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    I use two microfiber cloths to clean my screen. One being a normal microfiber wet only with water for "cleaning" then another fine microfiber that's dry for "polishing". Works very well.
     
  3. myret macrumors newbie

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    I bought an anti-fingerprint screen protector that does not change much the screen quality and get rid of reflection and finger print
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Egads.

    If you have a retina display, the more you "clean it", the greater danger that the sprayed-on antiglare coating will start to flake off.

    Hence, "StainGate".

    The best scenario for "keeping your retina display in good shape" is to take pro-active steps to NOT GET IT DIRTY in the first place.

    That means never touching it with your fingers, etc.
     
  5. myret macrumors newbie

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    Even though you don't touch it, while you are closing or opening the lid it gets accidentally fingerprints which irritates me.
     
  6. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    Agreed. I've had my MBP for almost a year now and I've only had to clean the screen twice. I use humidity from breath and a t-shirt that I know is clean. That or a glasses cleaning cloth (dry) - only using my breath to provide moisture if needed. Screen is near perfect. I never touch it tho.
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    Perfect.
     
  7. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    I need clean my MBP once per month because I don't like dust particles on the screen, I use pure isopropyl alcohol and cloth for glasses, after 2 years my screen in MBP 15 2016 is still in perfect condition

    Two times per year? Do you work in cleanroom?
     
  8. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    I guess - I've only used water/breath 2 times in the last year. I've dusted off my screen with a dry-tshirt probably 3-4 times on top of that.

    Probably helps I use my laptop next to a monitor setup so it sits farther away from me than most. Didn't think of that till now.
     
  9. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    The screens I see in Starbucks suggest to me that many people have a very different level of what a clean screen is than I do. I clean my screens multiple times a week, but that's because I like them how I like my glasses. As clean as the day I pulled them out of the box.
     
  10. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

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    I have tried dozens of cleaners and cloths.

    The BEST solution is a cloth called "SuperCloth", damp with regular water. Zero streaks! Look for them on Amazon. They're about $10/each, but they work amazingly well.
     
  11. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    I don't think "dry cleaning", just wiping it down with a microfiber cloth, would be an issue, correct?

    I was under the impression only chemical use and water will strip the coating.

    Even if you don't touch the screen, you will still get some keyboard imprint that should be removed.
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    Would you happen to have a link?
     
  12. Fishrrman, Apr 27, 2019
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    Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Glock wrote:
    "I don't think "dry cleaning", just wiping it down with a microfiber cloth, would be an issue, correct?"

    I think that would be THE WORST THING you could do.
    The anti-glare coating is just sprayed-on micro-particles.
    Wipe it down "dry", and you're creating friction which could scrape them off.

    "Even if you don't touch the screen, you will still get some keyboard imprint that should be removed."

    My 2015 MBP is now 2.5 years old (bought it in Dec. 2016).
    I NEVER "clean the screen", dry or wet.
    Well.. a couple of times I've used a water-moistened cloth VERY GENTLY on a particle or two that I couldn't "dust away" (lightly "dust" a cloth across the surface, NO pressure).

    It still looks fine.
    No keyboard "imprints" at all, ever.

    Do you carry the MPB in a backpack?
    That's probably where "the imprints" are coming from.
     
  13. puma1552 Suspended

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    You guys are all wasting your money on chemicals and cleaners when the obvious solution is all around you.

    Literally all you need is a lightly damp, lint-free cloth/microfiber. Not sure what kind of scum you all have where you need something other than just basic clean water...

    But yes, with all MBPs 2012+, you want to be sure to clean it as little as possible, and when you do, as gently as possible. I generally keep my screen very clean and only very, very lightly wipe away tiny dots on the screen as gently as possible. I also use a Radtech Microfiber between the keys and screen when the laptop is closed. 5 months in, screen is flawless.
     
  14. myret macrumors newbie

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    I use this one :
    MyGadget Display Schutz Folie [Matt] für Apple MacBook Pro 13" (ab 2016) mit USB C - Bildschirm Schutzfolie Displayschutz Anti Fingerabdruck Entspieg https://www.amazon.de/dp/B06W521DC4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_Is9kVobLHMLEF
     
  15. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    A messenger mag, back and forth to work most weekdays.
     
  16. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    I also have cleaned my bathroom only twice o far
     
  17. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't recommend dry wiping any screen... You'd only risk scratching it with the dust and dirt that is on screen already that you're aiming to remove.

    I do a two step process (across the whole machine and screen) as I mentioned earlier. My two step process is basic, but ensures I do the least amount of damage while cleaning as much as possible.

    The damp microfiber isn't used to heavily clean or scrub, but to trap and pull off any dust and loose particles that may be on the screen or laptop. Then the second dry polishing cloth is used to actually clean the screen and ensure it is clear.

    If you're going to do it dry I would highly suggest at least brushing the screen off first with a lens brush or something... But that seems like a lot of tedious work. I clean my whole laptop in 1 -2 minutes tops...
     
  18. BigMcGuire Contributor

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    If you're going to use a dry cleaning cloth - lightly brush to break loose dust. Should not be using any pressure at all. For anything that won't dislodge with a slight brush of a dry cloth, liquid / humidity has to get involved and even then, very little if any pressure should be used.

    My wife and I have not had any issues with key imprints on our screens? We use a nice padded sleeve for the laptop whenever we carry it in our backpacks.

    As for the keyboard. I'm constantly scrubbing that down to remove the glossy key look. I clean that once or twice a week.
     
  19. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    This has been a very helpful thread--thank you!
     
  20. Lee_Bo macrumors regular

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  21. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    Will they pay the cost to replace or repair the screen if the product damages it? Sort of tongue and cheek, but if it doesn't work or more importantly, causes damage, it'd be an expensive mistake.
     
  22. Lee_Bo macrumors regular

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    Will the manufacturer of your phone case pay for any "damages" to your phone? Will your shoe manufacturer pay for the bandaids when you get blisters from hiking?
     
  23. CE3, Apr 28, 2019
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    I have a cloth that fits in between the keyboard and the screen when it’s closed. I also put a dust cover on my iMac when I’m not using it. When I need to clean a spot or wipe some dust I use a microfiber cloth. For stubborn spots I’ll use my breath to fog up the area and wipe.. maybe lay the MacBook on its back. I don’t think I’ve ever had to do more than that with my MacBook and iMac screens, and they stay very clean.
     
  24. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    No, but ubiquitous cases from well-known manufacturers have a certain amount of credibility and trustworthiness.

    The thing you linked to.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
  25. coldwaves macrumors regular

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    Similar to several others commented in this thread, I use a damp microfiber towel to wipe the screen first and then a dry one to wipe it again to remove any streaks. If I am lazy, I just use the damp towel to wipe the screen. They do leave streaks but I hardly notice them.
     

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