keeping the air clean?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by desistyle, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. desistyle macrumors regular

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    what's the best way to keep the keyboard, trackpad, and display clean? Just got my 11" air earlier this week and want to keep it in tip top condition :)
     
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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  3. Appleind macrumors regular

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    go for wrapsol if you want a scratch proof air. www.wrapsol.com. You can also get a discount by redeeming the code "chatter"
     
  4. desistyle thread starter macrumors regular

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    even for the screen? What's the best way to clean the screen without leaving streaks?
     
  5. CatKingK macrumors newbie

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    Do not clean the screen until it has cool down.
     
  6. HighNoon macrumors member

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    A paper towel may be OK for the body of the laptop, but don't use a paper towel for the screen. Use a damp microfiber cloth to clean the screen. Apply the water to the cloth and NOT directly to the screen. Also, avoid using chemical cleaners.
     
  7. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    I have been using iKlear and Radtech ominicleanz for all of the gadgets. I make use of iKlear wax coat to keep the clean state of the gadget longer. (but not on screen as it could be streaking. Also don't use it on any lens) The Radtech one can also be applied with glasses and lens, though.

    I also recommend Wrapsol as it makes the surface easier to clean. I have Wrapol on iPad, MBP and MBA and they work well.

    http://www.radtech.us
     
  8. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    Try Radtech omnicleanz with their own cloth. Then use a finer microfiber to finish off.
     
  9. aleni macrumors 68020

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    well, i don't think u need any cleaner than water.

    u can use damp paper towel on the body and keyboard, and use damp clothes on the screen.

    any cleaners are ********. just use water but you have to clean it regularly. in my case when i got a second-hand macbook pro from some guy, it's better to use a cleaner because it was probably never got cleaning up at the first time.
     
  10. Appleind macrumors regular

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    +1 Water is the best. Some of the cleaners may corrode the alu UB. A friend of mine who is a cleaning fanatic was left with white patches on the body after using some strong cleaners.
     
  11. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    Good point. A bad cleaner is always worse than water.

    I actually use both water and the other two products (omnicleanz and iKlear) interchangeably. A suitable and slightly damped microfibre cloth is useful for cleaning. However, on the aluminum surface, I find the two cleaner products with their own supplied cloth help removing the small black "dusts" as they lift up the dirt on a microscopic level. Also a good cleaner can help prevent hairline scratches induced by microfibre cloth.
     
  12. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I think the safest way to clean any computer's screen, including an MBA's, is with an LCD screen cleaner and a microfiber cloth. This combination is available in kit form from Best Buy and many other stores that sell TVs and computers. You need to avoid any cleaner that contains alcohol and I would not let anything liquid anywhere near the keyboard. Blow any accumulated dust from it with compressed air and carefully clean any stubborn crud with a cloth.
     
  13. alau0115 macrumors regular

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    Agreed. I would avoid using any cleaner with alcohol regularly as it hurts the surface of the gadgets.

    For blowing with air, I forgot to mention I would always use an air blower to blow out any dirts first, then followed by non-alcohol cleaner (such as omnicleanz) or clean water.

    Never use compressed air for the screen as sometimes the first shot is with some gas and it could hurt acrylic and plastic in a short time and the surface cannot be recovered if the surface is not wiped immediately. It was from my bad experience and I learned a lesson. :s
     
  14. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I've been using paper towels and tshirts on screens since the Powerbook days, and assuming you don't dig in they have never hurt the screens. Just exhale on the screen and wipe it down. If you're concerned use a micro fiber cloth but you don't have to go nutty on the cleaning solutions.
     

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