New iMac - best way to clean the screen?

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  1. joshua_msu macrumors regular

    joshua_msu

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    Hello all. I have a new iMac, and sadly, my screen is already dirty. My buddy made me laugh and I spit a good load of beer on my scrreen. Can I use windex and cloth safely, or do I have to only use the included cleaning cloth?
     
  2. thiagos macrumors 6502

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    Get 2 sheets of paper towel (Kleenex Viva or Bounty only, otherwise it will scratch). Completely wet one of the paper towel's sheet and leave the other sheet dry.

    Clean the screen with the wet one and immediately dry it with the dry sheet. It will look sparkling clean without any chemical film.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. djcorrosive macrumors regular

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    well it is GLASS, so u can use anything. Windex etc.
     
  4. dborja macrumors 6502a

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    Any glass cleaner should be fine. However, I do use an iKlear kit as it does a great job and leaves no smear. It also doesn't contain harsh chemicals so I can use it to clean other parts like the keyboard, mouse, etc.
     
  5. AlaskaMoose macrumors 65816

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    I just dust it off when needed. No need to wipe the screen with a wet cloth unless you are slobbering all over it :D:D

    I do the same with my camera's glass, too.
     
  6. thiagos macrumors 6502

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    You never know on those kinky nights lol, j/k
     
  7. grayskyz macrumors regular

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    It is glass but, I'm slightly concerned about harsh chemicals ruining the finish over time. This is the best cleaner I've ever used and the cleaning cloth is awesome.

    http://www.radtech.us/Products/OmniCleanz.aspx


    C.
     
  8. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Oh man...DO NOT USE WINDEX!!!!!!!

    It is really bad for your screen. I cannot believe people are giving that advice.

    There are plenty of approved cleaners..I use iKlear.
     
  9. pb1300 macrumors 6502a

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    I read that iKlear was leaving nasty streaks on the screen. Nobody is having that problem with iKlear?
     
  10. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

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    I only use iklear, I just use one spray on one of the included microfibers and it doesn't leave streaks.. anything more and yeah it can leave annoying streaks. after I go over the screen with the apple cleaning cloth that came with the imac.
     
  11. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Why is Windex bad?
     
  12. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

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    I assume because he's instigating the harmful affects of ammonia on a glass screen and if any got onto the iMac's 'anodized aluminium' body.
     
  13. NYY FaN macrumors 6502

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    yeah, basically the same reason you shouldn't use windex on lcd/plasma tvs.. the ammonia in it will damage the screen. you might get away with it on the imac since it has a glass screen but why chance it? buy a specialty screen cleaner and use a microfiber.. its not worth taking chances on such an expensive unit. also I avoid using regular paper towels since they are harsh and it can scratch the screen.
     
  14. tomacintosh macrumors regular

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  15. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    iKlear or iClean is what should be used.

    Either that or a lint free cloth dampened with tap water. Once the water has dried, use another lint free cloth to remove streaks.

    There is a coating on the screen that removes the worst of the glare (people who think Glossy screens are reflective haven't seen anything compared to the reflections of plain glass on a screen), Windex, Windowlene or any acidic (vinegar based) or alkaline based cleaner will damage that coating.
     
  16. quagmire macrumors 603

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    I use iKlear as well.

    To avoid streaks, let the display turn off( or do it before you wake the computer) and let it cool off for about 20 minutes. It streaks due to the solution dries due to the heat of the screen/computer before you can go back and buff the screen with the dry part of the cloth causing the streaks.
     
  17. Herrow macrumors regular

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    Yes, iKlear is polymer based and does leave streaks.

    I used Optimist Prime to clean off those streaks and has won a spot on my shelf. They also make great protector cloths for Macbooks.
     

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