Mr. Clean Magic Eraser...Is it damaging?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Luigi239, May 18, 2007.

  1. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

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    I just used on of these last night to clean my blackbook, and now it looks great!

    Only problem is, is it dangerous? I used it on my screen, which probably wasnt the smartest idea. It seems fine, but will there be problems later on? I heard that the eraser really is an abrasive...

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  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I use it on my white MacBook and it works well. I wouldn't use it on a screen though! :eek:
     
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

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    The magic erasers are pretty abrasive. That's how they clean things so well.
    They're like very fine wet and dry sandpaper.
     
  4. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    Your Blackbook wasn't working before -- just how dirty was it?? :p
     
  5. Luigi239 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heh, this is why I should re-read my posts...

    Anyways, I guess i just wont use it on my screen agian...Oops.:p

    Thanks y'all
     
  6. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502

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    They work great on my MBP. No issues yet, but they are basically like wet sand paper.
     
  7. mustang_dvs macrumors 6502a

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    Considering that something as seemingly innocuous as rubbing alcohol is enough to remove the screen's protective coating, according to Apple, something as abrasive as a Magic Eraser is likely to have done some serious damage.

    Anything that's abrasive enough to remove the dust from racing brake pads (which get deposited at temps of up to 1400°) is not what I'd recommend to use on the relatively delicate surface of a computer screen, whether it's glass or acrylic plastic.

    Spend a few dollars and buy a pack of iKlear wipes -- it's $12 for a pack of 20 at Small Dog: http://www.smalldog.com/product/41154
     
  8. Luigi239 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Shoot, well I know I didnt press very hard. I dont see any damage done to my screen, but will it become apparent as time goes on? Am I just very lucky?
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I've actually used it many times on a *matte* iBook screen without any negative impacts. I don't use a lot of pressure, but it gets rid of keyboard scuffs. I would be very careful on a MacBook, however, because the screen is glossy and you might see scratches (vs. the iBook screen, which is completely matte and which looks great after this treatment).

    As for rubbing alcohol, it's not directly comparable. This is an abrasive. Rubbing alcohol is a solvent. They're totally different mechanisms.
     
  10. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I've never used them on my iMac, though we have them in our house. Just want to put a word in for the iKlear... it works great. I use it on my iMac, keyboard, mouse, printer, cell phone, camera screen, tons of stuff. It works great. I got the $30 (?) kit that includes a 8oz. bottle, large and small micro-chamois cloths, micro-chamois keyboard cover, and 12 single wipes. To me, certainly worth the price.
     
  11. Zegna macrumors member

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    I never tried it, but I always wonder whether it is only to be used on the exterior surfaces (i.e. the glossy white surface), or it can also be used on the interior surfaces (i.e. matte palm rest area)?
     
  12. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I've used them on my old iBook without any problems. Made it look like new.
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    It's the only thing I've ever found that addresses the palmrest dirt. And it works *amazingly*.
     
  14. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Indeed it does. When I bought my iBook used, it appeared to have several years of dirt caked on the palm rest. I tried a few different cleaners and none could clean it acceptably. Only the magic erasers could clean it, and with hardly any effort at all.
     
  15. Snide macrumors 6502a

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    Use a micro-fiber cloth dampened with plain water for the screen and the
    shiny outer surfaces of the Macbook, and the Magic Eraser for everything else.

    'nuff said.
     
  16. suneohair macrumors 68020

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    I am about to do an expert on scratch removal. Rubbing compound + Polishing compound. :)
     
  17. audriginel macrumors newbie

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    Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    I have this concern regarding my MacBook..on the side of the mouse pad w/c is a palm rest.. there's a stain that is hard to remove by an LCD cleaner suite and I dont know how it stained my MAC...is this mr. clean magic eraser can be able to help me with this stubborn stain...kindly help me:)!!!
     
  18. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    i just put mine in the dishwasher and let it air dry for a day or so. i then use steel wool on the screen to bring out the luster.
     
  19. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Nice. :rolleyes:

    If the stain is chemical -- i.e. if whatever substance you used to clean the LCD actually dyed the plastic... then the Magic Eraser probably is not going to help. But they cost $1USD and it's certainly worth trying....

    Unless someone can comment on having done so successfully, however, I would NOT use one on a glossy display. For the matte displays, as long as one is gentle, I actually did use it without any scratching (several times). It was the best thing for getting out the pesky keyboard smudges on the iBook screen. I have no idea what would happen on the glossy display.
     
  20. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Wait. Its ok to use these on MBPs? I have some spots on the bottom of my MBP due to placing it on a painted black metal surface. Would the Magic Erasor take these spots off without ruining the finish? If so I start buying them more myself and the machines at work (many laptops are taken out into the field and generally get pretty dirty sometimes).
     

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