Keeping MBPro Clean.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jellomizer, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. jellomizer macrumors 6502


    Sep 12, 2006
    Upstate NY
    I have a 17" MacBook Pro C2D with Glossy Display. My main issue with it is keeping my fingerprints off of it, both on the display and the Casing. Windex causes a lot of streaking, what do you do to keep your MBP and probably Aluminum Powerbooks Clean, and looking like new?
  2. lamina macrumors 68000


    Mar 9, 2006
    whoaaaa Tiger (R).

    Don't use Windex on an LCD. Windex contains ammonia that may 'degrade' the screen.

    I use Monster Screen Cleaner. Yeah, it's really expensive (retails for $30CAD), but I used to work at Best Buy so I got it for about $12. It cleans the screen and case really well.

    The key to the Monster stuff is the fact that it's more of a gel than a fluid liquid. That means that it won't leak into the display housing, whereas Windex might, which would cause a huge heap of trouble.

    The Monster stuff also comes with a nice cloth. It's key to use a lint-free cloth when cleaning an LCD, as paper towels may contain wood fibres that will likely scratch your LCD over time.

    Just my $0.02 (Canadian funds, so that's about $0.002 USD) :)
  3. PharmD macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2005
    Oregon Coast
    I concur with lamina. The Monster screen cleaner is nice. $20 but you get a nice microfiber cloth and a big bottle.
  4. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    even just water and a good lint free cloth will do the trick
  5. tngisaga macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2006
    San Jose, CA
  6. jbuckner macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2007
    iClear just streaks my MBP matte screen. I'll have to try the Monster gel.
  7. Cheesecake macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Lightly dampened cloth or a microfiber cloth (glasses cloth) usually does just the trick for me.
  8. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
  9. ToastMaster macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2005
    Tacoma, WA
  10. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    iKlear / KlearScreen for screen, and everything else (screen first, if you're gonna use a single-use for all)
  11. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Water—nature's greatest solvent. A damp, lint-free cloth (like a glasses-cleaning cloth) does the trick every time.
  12. richard4339 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
    I tried the LCD cleaner they sell at Wally-World, but it tends to streak the glossy MBP. Come to think of it, it never worked well on my matte LCD screen at home. I think I'll pick up some Monster cleaner too.
  13. JohanVild macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2004
    I use iKlear napkins. There's a wet one to clean off the fingerprints and then a dry one to polish it. Works well on the aluminium and the keyboard as well on my PB G4 Al.
    Water does it as well on a microfiber cloth. Get one from a camera shop.
    Windex is a no no. Can seriously damage your screen. Should be ok on the aluminium and keyboard, but use in moderation.
  14. Infinity macrumors member

    May 16, 2005
    Perth, Australia
    For cleaning LCD screens iKlear is complete rubbish, I bought it in the hopes it would be as good as what many people here have said. Sad to say it streaks like a b*stard even on a cold screen. Their wet wipes are no different either. Suffice to say it does an ok job at cleaning the case of my MBP however.

    I'd stick to a lightly damp (bottled/filtered water) microfiber cloth.

    DO NOT USE Windex! it damages the anti-reflective coating of displays.
  15. Bunzi2k4 macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2003
    San Diego, California
    hey, I heard from someone that a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water (about 50/50 he said) works well for computer screens. I've used it once or twice, but is it a safe solution for my pure, innocent MacBook?! :(
  16. 2fives macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    Surrey BC
    The water and soft cloth wasn't doing it for me just leaving a streaky film that never wiped off.

    Bought iklear since it used a chamois instead of the Monster brand which just looked like it used a terry-towel type cloth. Good choice the iklear brought it back to like new. The only trick was really buffing the screen. Litterly sitting there for about a minute and a half. But it looks like new.

    By the way I have the MBP with glossy screen.
  17. djinn macrumors 68000


    Oct 4, 2003
  18. drumforfun19 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    I use the same thing and it's amazing. The microfiber cloth is a godsend to any mac user. ESPECIALLY if you have a BlackBook.
  19. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    I don't know how you guys can do it with water. I find with my screen over the course of time a lot of dust (read: Dead skin) gets on there no matter what I do. Incidentally there are oils attached to dust, which means I can't just get it off with water and a lint-free cloth.

    I use eye-glass cleaner (just some generic stuff I got with my eyeglasses) and a lint-free micro fibre cloth (also used to clean glasses).

    I don't spray the liquid on the screen but instead spray it onto the cloth and clean specific portions that are dirty (i never touch my screen.. and don't let people touch my screen either). Then I use a lint free cloth to take the dust off. Afterwards it is pretty clean.
  20. fenixx macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2006
  21. freshS0LE macrumors member


    Aug 3, 2006
    lol...u can try keeping finger prints off of the
    display screen by not touching it. im pretty
    sure that'll work. hah.

    and iClean by Monster works great. a lot of
    apple stores recommend using that to clean
    glossy screens. as for the casing, a soft
    cloth and some water does the trick.
  22. airfang macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    simply do not touch the screen, that's what I do, so all I have to do is just to wipe dust off.

    but it hurts when others poking it all of a sudden that you can't even prevent it from happening:(
  23. mylo macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2006
    charleston, sc
    A microfiber cloth occasionally with water works for me.
  24. NtotheIzoo macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2005

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