MBP: What should I use to Clean Screen?


SDColorado

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The safest method is to dampen a lint free cloth with water only, per Apples instructions...

Notebook computers

Learn how to clean your Mac notebook computer.
MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air
When cleaning the outside of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down your computer and unplug the power adapter. Then use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to clean the computer's exterior. Avoid getting moisture in any openings. Do not spray liquid directly on the computer. Don't use aerosol sprays, solvents, abrasives, or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide that might damage the finish.
To clean the screen on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water only, then use it to clean the computer's screen.
MacBook Pro models from 2016 and later with Touch Bar and Touch ID: Clean the Touch Bar and Touch ID (power button) on these computers the same way you would clean the display. Shut down your Mac and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water only, then use it to clean the Touch Bar and Touch ID.
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009) and MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010): The bottom case of these computers uses a soft nonslip material. Use a 3M Gray Microfiber or soft dye-free, lint-free cloth to clean the bottom case.

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204172
 

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since there is an antiglare coating, I think you should avoid using any type of cleaning product. Water is still the best solution.

For me, I use two glass cleaning cloth (easy to find in pharmacies). One a bit wet with warm water that I use to clean the screen, and the dry one after to remove excess water marks.
 
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Trey M

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iKlear imo is the best cleaner for Apple products. Previously used by the Genius Bar, it is safe and won't damage any coating on your MacBook screen.
 
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iKlear imo is the best cleaner for Apple products. Previously used by the Genius Bar, it is safe and won't damage any coating on your MacBook screen.
I think the key there is *previously*. When I had an issue with my MacBook Pro where my screen had begun to delaminate in a couple of spots, I went to the Genius Bar along with the iKlear to show them how I cleaned it and with what. While they replaced the display under warranty, they did advise me to stop using iKlear to clean my screen and to only use water.

I am not saying that the iKlear is definitely what caused the issue and neither did they, but they did discourage the continued use of it. I now only use it on the aluminum outside case.
 

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I use lens cleaning spray
Do not do not use lens spray or iklear products. You will be sorry, i speak from experience. Only damp your cloth with regular water. I repeat no lens cleaner or iklear
 

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Do not do not use lens spray or iklear products. You will be sorry, i speak from experience. Only damp your cloth with regular water. I repeat no lens cleaner or iklear
Lens cleaning doesn't harm the coating on the screen, now if you use Windex that will f the screen up.
 

MrGuder

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iKlear imo is the best cleaner for Apple products. Previously used by the Genius Bar, it is safe and won't damage any coating on your MacBook screen.
I just bought some of this and it came with 2 cleaning cloths it's designed for Apple products. It works great.
 

Trey M

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I think the key there is *previously*. When I had an issue with my MacBook Pro where my screen had begun to delaminate in a couple of spots, I went to the Genius Bar along with the iKlear to show them how I cleaned it and with what. While they replaced the display under warranty, they did advise me to stop using iKlear to clean my screen and to only use water.

I am not saying that the iKlear is definitely what caused the issue and neither did they, but they did discourage the continued use of it. I now only use it on the aluminum outside case.
Well just because they stopped using it doesn't mean it wasn't a working solution. I certainly am no expert in this field but iKlear only uses solutions which are known to be friendly to most consumer displays. In their own words, their solution is "anti-static, alcohol and ammonia-free".

I'm not saying it's not possible that it damaged your device with the stuff, either. There are many different factors that go into it (frequency of use, pressure applied when cleaning etc, imperfect solution sample) which we have no way of really quantifying. However, given the company's (iKlear) continued sterling reputation, my own experience with the product for 5+ years on many MacBooks, among other factors, I am comfortable recommending it.

Also, any story that includes "well this is what the Genius said" doesn't suddenly make it a statement of fact. There are many inexperienced Geniuses that simply do not know what they are talking about when it comes to certain areas of expertise. And I speak from personal experience and many observed experiences on this forum, lol.
 

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The fact that Apple specifically states *water only* actually does make it a statement of fact.

You claiming that it is safe to use, despite apple discontinuing the use of it themselves, discontinuing the sale of it in their stores and online and their geniuses specifically telling customers not to use it, is in NOT a statement of fact. It is a personal opinion that differs from the factual one as specified by Apple.

Statement of Fact: "To clean the screen on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with *water only*, then use it to clean the computer's screen."

Edit: Also do we really even know what is in it? Aside from Methyl Paraben the MSDS sheet for it lists "proprietary ingredients" (allegedly -butoxyethanol and ethanol) and silicone dioxide. Silica? Really?

Edit 2: Send me your address and I will ship you a mostly unused bottle of iKlear, if you would like it. Not trying to be a smar*ss, its a legitimate offer :)
 
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Well just because they stopped using it doesn't mean it wasn't a working solution. I certainly am no expert in this field but iKlear only uses solutions which are known to be friendly to most consumer displays. In their own words, their solution is "anti-static, alcohol and ammonia-free".

I'm not saying it's not possible that it damaged your device with the stuff, either. There are many different factors that go into it (frequency of use, pressure applied when cleaning etc, imperfect solution sample) which we have no way of really quantifying. However, given the company's (iKlear) continued sterling reputation, my own experience with the product for 5+ years on many MacBooks, among other factors, I am comfortable recommending it.

Also, any story that includes "well this is what the Genius said" doesn't suddenly make it a statement of fact. There are many inexperienced Geniuses that simply do not know what they are talking about when it comes to certain areas of expertise. And I speak from personal experience and many observed experiences on this forum, lol.
I must second this. I use iKlear on all my Apple devices (bodies and screens) with no issues at all. I like the anti-static and smear free finish which you do not get with using water - particularly hard water.

Each to their own it seems.
 
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I must second this. I use iKlear on all my Apple devices (bodies and screens) with no issues at all. I like the anti-static and smear free finish which you do not get with using water - particularly hard water.

Each to their own it seems.
Absolutely and my offer stands to anyone who may want the bottle I have. I really did intend it as a legitimate offer. I won’t use it and I hate seeing stuff wasted.
 

baypharm

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iKlear imo is the best cleaner for Apple products. Previously used by the Genius Bar, it is safe and won't damage any coating on your MacBook screen.
Yepper I second this. I've been using nothing but iKlear pad cleaners on my 2009 MBP and the screen is just as nice today eight years later as it was when I bought it new.
 

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The fact that Apple specifically states *water only* actually does make it a statement of fact.

You claiming that it is safe to use, despite apple discontinuing the use of it themselves, discontinuing the sale of it in their stores and online and their geniuses specifically telling customers not to use it, is in NOT a statement of fact. It is a personal opinion that differs from the factual one as specified by Apple.

Statement of Fact: "To clean the screen on your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air, first shut down the computer and unplug the power adapter. Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with *water only*, then use it to clean the computer's screen."

Edit: Also do we really even know what is in it? Aside from Methyl Paraben the MSDS sheet for it lists "proprietary ingredients" (allegedly -butoxyethanol and ethanol) and silicone dioxide. Silica? Really?

Edit 2: Send me your address and I will ship you a mostly unused bottle of iKlear, if you would like it. Not trying to be a smar*ss, its a legitimate offer :)
If the screen can't handle iKlear, then that tells me right there that the display is a major POS part. I've been using iKlear on my matte screens ever since I got my first Mac in 2003 and I can attest to the excellent quality of the product. Apple needs to fix their Retina screens.
 
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leman

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If the screen can't handle iKlear, then that tells me right there that the display is a major POS part. I've been using iKlear on my matte screens ever since I got my first Mac in 2003 and I can attest to the excellent quality of the product. Apple needs to fix their Retina screens.
If the screen can't handle a cleaning product then the cleaning product is not suitable to be used with the screen :rolleyes: You do realise that construction, composition and mostly likely the materials in Apple screens are changing over year?
 
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Merkava_4

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If the screen can't handle a cleaning product then the cleaning product is not suitable to be used with the screen :rolleyes: You do realise that construction, composition and mostly likely the materials in Apple screens are changing over year?
Apple needs to go back to the high resolution matte screens. They're completely glare free and there's no coating to fall off. And iKlear works like a dream on matte LCD screens.
 

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Water is always the best, HOWEVER 'water' (Tap water) contains a lot of other minerals, which can smear and not do a good job. Avoid chemicals or cleaning products like Pledge or something. But do use specialised screen cleaning sprays, these are often nothing more than distilled water and so will give a streak free cleaning experience. Also using compressed air before/after to remove any dirt that gets trapped around gaps or keys is great.

Same goes for the entire thing really, just avoid chemical based cleaning products (Which are hard to come by for computers anyway), and use proper screen cleaning solution or grab a bottle of distilled water from the supermarket/autoparts store (It's used in a lot of car batteries so you can often grab a big bottle for less).
 

baypharm

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Apple needs to go back to the high resolution matte screens. They're completely glare free and there's no coating to fall off. And iKlear works like a dream on matte LCD screens.
Wow!!! You took the words right out of my mouth!! I agree. Those antiglare matte screens were the best and still are.