iMac G4 + 1 cup of bleach = LOVE!

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by RandomDeadHead, Jan 29, 2004.

  1. RandomDeadHead macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    My wife and I were heavy smokers, and when we are not at work we spend most of our time in our living room. So anything that has been in that room for more than week picks up a nasty yellow coat of tar and nicotine, including our computers. In the past this has never been a problem, when our older PowerMacs turned yellow we just washed them off with a wet wash cloth and they always looked good as new. When the new G4 iMac came out two years ago, we decided to replace our old trusty sawtooth with one of the pearly white machines. Two weeks later we knew we had a problem, the computer had turned yellow and no amount of wiping would get the stain off. If we had known the the iMac has a porous surface, we would have known better that to bring it into our house. I call applecare and asked how they recommend cleaning it, The only thing the girl would tell me is that smoke damage is not covered by applecare, and that you are not supposed to smoke around Apple computers. I told her that we have used Apple computers in our office for twenty years and never had a problem like this, and nine out of the ten employees I have smoke. All she would tell me is that applecare won't cover smoke damage. Not bad news considering that I didn't want them to cover it, I just wanted to know how to clean it. I posted a message on the Apple discussions site, asking if I could use bleach to clean my yellow iMac. Everyone there told me that if I put bleach on it, that it would eat off the finish. This sounded reasonable enough. My wife decided to get a second opinion and called applecare again, the guy she talked to confirmed that bleach would indeed take the finish off the iMac. So we finally gave up all hope of ever having a white iMac again.

    A year and a half later, my wife and I got tired of having a yellow living room, yellow car interior, yellow office, and brown lungs. So we quit smoking (our children and friends were stunned) and started remodeling our house to get rid of the yellow coat. A month later, with a clean house, better lungs, and more energy, the only thing in my house that was still yellow was the poor old iMac, well actually by this time the iMac had turned from yellow to brown. Last night while playing with Photoshop, I was looking around my living room admiring how clean and white everything was, except the brown iMac sitting in the corner. I took a picture of the room then photoshoped the iMac to make it look white again. It is amazing how one dirty computer can make a room look bad. After showing the cleansed picture to my wife, we decided that an iMac with a corroded finnish would look better than a brown one.
    One cup of bleach, a box of cotton balls, and countless q-tips later, we have a pearly white iMac, WITH its finish still intact. Now that we don't smoke cigarettes, and have $500.00 extra dollars every month , things in our house will still turn yellow from "other smoke" but a much slower rate than before. I have to say that we are extremely happy that we did not follow popular opinion. As people like us say, "we are as happy as two hippies with a ten-strip of jell tabs, and an eighth of kind";)

    PS. before bashing my poorly written post, you must understand that I am quite inebriated at the moment, and also take into account the fact that just because I am an editor does not mean that I actually edit anything, and I certainly don't want to edit anything while I am not at work.
  2. yoman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2003
    In the Bowels of the Cosmos
    could you post a before and after picture

    that would eb interesting. :)
  3. Pseudonym macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2004
    Old Blighty
    Wow - I would have to be drunk to put bleach on my iMac:D Glad it worked though - must be nice to have it back to its pearly white beautifulness.
  4. MacBoyX macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2003
    East Coast, USA

    I'd not recommend this to any one else who has this issue. However we have found something that does work and is not BLEACH!

    Mr Clean Magic Erasers.

    They cleaned up our WHITE 13" TV that sits in our kitchen that had been discolored from years of cooking. It made it look brand new.

    My friend's 14" 900MHz iBook had gotten very dirty on the wrist rests and no matter what we tried, it WOULD not come off...

    Sure enough we tried the Magic Erasers, and it loooks brand new.

    These things are amazing and they clean ANYTHING. Scuff marks on floors, walls, and apparently iMacs and iBooks.

    WARNING however, don't use on ur track pad (the button should be ok) or keyboard you don't want anything even "damp" near those!

  5. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    I'm glad to hear this! P&G manufactures some good stuff, and they sent some of those as a Christmas present this past year along with a ton of other P&G goodies. I never thought of using them to clean up things like that. I'm going to forward this thread over to my coworkers in that group.
  6. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    found this to be interesting but i would recommend cutting the bleach with water. half & half this is what i use to remove mildew build up on my vinyle siding.
  7. RandomDeadHead thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    Fear not. I dowsed the base in bleach and let it soak for five or six minutes, and it did NOT damage the iMac whatsoever. By the way, I used clorox ultra concentrated bleach.
    I don't think you grasp the degree to witch my iMac was discolored. It was as brown as my lungs.:D As brown as the filter on a cigarette. The sight of it would have made Mr.Clean cry like a little girl.

    But alas macboy, I concede to you. The wise thing to do would be to try a less harsh alternative before using a harsh chemical. I did try oxy clean a few months ago, and it didn't do anything.

    All's Im sayin is that bleach showed me the love!
  8. RandomDeadHead thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2003
    Here is a pic of the computer from last year. It had gotten much worse than this before I cleaned it. Sorry for the poor quality of it, I am not a photographer.

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  9. plasticparadox macrumors 6502

    May 24, 2003
    That's disgusting.

    When my smoking friends come over, I ask them to smoke outside. Yeah, it is the dead of winter, but that's not my problem :D
  10. mvc macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2003
  11. Dreadnought macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2002
    Almere, The Netherlands
    Cool story, Apple should use these kind of stories for there switchers ads (Stop smoking, it's bad for your Mac! :D ). BTW love the picture! So, we do have coloured macs, LOL :p
  12. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    i don't mean to make an editorial comment, but that is seriously disgusting.
  13. MetallicPenguin macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2003
    NC, USA
    This is funny because in the back of the MacAddict I got yesterday they had a joke section where they were talking about how you could give your Mac that "beige" look, one of the sections was talking about how you could just smoke a lot around it:D They also had some photoshopped pictures of what they would look like.
  14. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    macs can simplify ur life, heck they can even make u stop smoking.

    i am so glad you stopped, cuz that computer looks gross
  15. CoMpX macrumors 65816


    Jun 29, 2005
    New Jersey
    Wow. Thats bad. Could you post an after pic too please? Thanks
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    What if someone has brown or dark painted walls? Hmmm....

    *develops bad smoking habit*
  17. rainman::|:| macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2002
    sometimes you gotta do drastic things to get Macs clean. I once washed the entire shell of a G3 iMac in a bathtub because it had become caked with dust and scuffed up. the insides looked so naked sitting there, and i was sure the case would never go back together again.

    of course, the monitor fried out a few weeks later, so it was all for naught.
  18. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I saw that pic floating around on the internet (not here).

    I thought it was a 'shop!!

    ACK! I would have just used that as an excuse to get an iMac G5. :):)

    Or a PowerMac... Aluminum can't stain, can it?

    ...well, I don't smoke so it wouldn't make any difference.. :p

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