macbook screen cleaning

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by haoqfu, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. haoqfu macrumors regular

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    hi all,
    i'm wondering if i can clean the new macbook alu screen with alcohol. since the new screen has a glass shield, i figure it probably won't hurt the screen as it would to the old matte screen if i use alcohol. am i right?
     
  2. mosx macrumors 65816

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    Why use alcohol? I just wipe mine off with a microfiber cloth. If there are any spots on it I take a damp cloth, wipe it, then wipe it dry with the microfiber cloth.

    I don't use the one Apple supplied. I use ones I bought myself for cleaning eyeglasses.
     
  3. jaredtomas macrumors regular

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    The cloth that comes with the Macbook works perfectly fine for me.
     
  4. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    Probably anything but hydrofluoric acid and maple syrup will work.

    Mind you isopropylic alcohol might leave a bit of a residue.


    /goes back to studying for his chem exam...
     
  5. Roadking macrumors 6502

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    why take a chance. Apple retail stores use iKlear when servicing machines.
     
  6. haoqfu thread starter macrumors regular

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    do you just clean it with water? i usually use alcohol to clean up any dust, food stain left on the top and bottom. i was just wondering if i can clean the screen with it as well.
     
  7. haoqfu thread starter macrumors regular

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    i got iklear actually, just wondering if alcohol works too :D
     
  8. cryonic49 macrumors member

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    The new MB screens are damn strong.. It's coated with sapphire or something like that. You can pretty use anything to clean it.
    Even with a box cutter knife I couldn't scratch the surface.
     
  9. haoqfu thread starter macrumors regular

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    :eek: are you serious?
     
  10. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    To make a prick out of myself. Strong =\= safe to put anything on it. Say steel is strong, mind you it rusts.
     
  11. cryonic49 macrumors member

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    I know it very well, I broke it by bending it :) I'm just saying that surface is pretty damn durable. It's the same thing they have on iphones.
     
  12. Hawkeye411 macrumors 68000

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    I use Windex on a tisue. Just enought to make it damp and it works great. Don't want to spray the screen directly in case some of the liquid gets behind the glass.
     
  13. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    I use glasses cleaners, there good enough to keep my glasses from getting scratched, so they'll be fine for a laptop display.
    Two or three make my iBook shine.
     
  14. mcdj macrumors 604

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    OMG people it's a piece of freaking GLASS. Glass has been around for a while, you might have heard of it. It's not sapphire (ever price a sapphire watch crystal? a 2" diameter one is $75, which would make a 13" screen about $1000). iKlear was for the polymer based screens of yore...for glass it's pointless and a waste of money, and if you are convinced otherwise, consider yourself a marketing victim.

    The new MBs clean up BEAUTIFULLY with 2 paper towels...one dampened with a special liquid...wait for it...WATER, and the other one dry. Wipe with the damp one, then wipe with the dry one. There, I just saved you $10 and more endless discussion.
     
  15. macalacka macrumors newbie

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    this "water" you speak of...can i get that at the apple store? :p
     
  16. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    You can actually. They have their own water bottles with the Apple logo on them.
     
  17. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    The water itself is 99 cents but it's only sold in an aluminum unibody can that costs $24.99. Sadly pros will have to find water somewhere else as the cans only come in a glossy finish :)
     
  18. rick3000 macrumors 6502a

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    No, I'm serious. I've only ever seen it at one Apple store, but it does exist.
     
  19. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816

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    Just use spit, a paper towel, and some old-fashioned elbow grease
     
  20. macalacka macrumors newbie

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  21. bradenwh macrumors 6502

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    Dang. You're a jerk.
     
  22. Camoischaos macrumors member

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    I wouldnt see him as a jerk just someone who tells the truth very bluntly :p
     
  23. Big Mafoota macrumors member

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    I use iWater and an iCloth. It even works on my iMatte finish ibook iScreen.
     
  24. mcdj macrumors 604

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    thanks :)
     
  25. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    Love it.
     

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