Screen Cleaning

Xtreambar

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Aug 2, 2006
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I've been very good about not touching my (white) MacBook's screen and stopping anyone who tries to get too close. Still, dust and little specs of stuff are accumulating all over the screen. What do I use to clean/wipe the screen? My girlfriend's mother almost cleaned it with a tee-shirt! AHHH!!! *shakes head* Suggestions?

I know I should not use regular cloth and I know I should not use Windex.
 

skipsandwichdx

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May 23, 2006
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iKlear or diluted window cleaner with a lint-free (microfiber) cloth.. a clean t-shirt isn't a terrible idea. If it's just dust, though, why not use compressed air?
 

tvguru

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Apr 29, 2005
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Since diluted window cleaner was just suggested. I would like to point out that you don't want to use anything that's ammonia based (think that's it) like windex. I'm not exactly sure, but when I tinted my truck, that was one thing they told me not to use on the tint and I would think that it's made of stronger stuff then what the screen is made of.
 

Josias

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Mar 10, 2006
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keithbennis said:
No! No fackin' way on a glossy screen! Don't try to use iClean. You'll completely ruin the display (source is AMacGenius here at MR).

I use one of my fathers gless cleaning cloths (clean) to wipe off dust and fingeprints. Guys are allright, but every girl has to poke the screen. Every time they see a picture: "aww, that's so cute *poke-poke*!":mad:

:p
 

keithbennis

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Feb 17, 2006
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Josias said:
No! No fackin' way on a glossy screen! Don't try to use iClean. You'll completely ruin the display (source is AMacGenius here at MR).

I use one of my fathers gless cleaning cloths (clean) to wipe off dust and fingeprints. Guys are allright, but every girl has to poke the screen. Every time they see a picture: "aww, that's so cute *poke-poke*!":mad:

:p
Oh, I didn't know it was glossy.
 

pianoman

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May 31, 2006
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use a soft cloth and a little water. from Apple's website:

Cleaning Your MacBook Display
Follow these general rules when cleaning the screen.
Shut down your MacBook, detach the power adapter, and remove the battery.
Dampen a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper with water only and wipe the screen. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.
 

rglatter

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Jul 24, 2006
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iklear. It is a little pricy but it does the best job imo. You can get it at the apple store, apples website(i think) and on amazon. It comes with a nice cloth too.
 

sperkins

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Apr 14, 2010
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cleaning MacBook screen

Try a little Purell alcohol based sanitizer on a kleenex (non-lotion variety) and then rub screen gently to "buff" it with a clean t-shirt. This gets off the fingerprints and makes the screen like new. You can use this on the body of the computer as well. :eek:
 

JRoDDz

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Jul 2, 2009
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I use a clean microfiber cloth dabbed with a tiny bit of water on the cloth (we're talking drops here). Then gently wipe in circular fashion, turn cloth over to dry side and wipe some more.
 

agentphish

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1. Microfiber cloth
2. iKlear or a little bit of just plain water.

If you buy iKlear you'll pay about 20 bucks for a big bottle, but you'll get everything you need and the bottle will last you a LONG time. You DON'T need to overuse iKlear.
 

Gregg2

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May 22, 2008
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Oh, I didn't know it was glossy.
It's a MacBook.
Not everyone knows what type of screen a MacBook has, just because they have another Mac model. Never having owned a "portable", I'm in that crowd too. Saying that it's "glossy" doesn't help me much either. More specific terms and details are better than lingo and assumptions. That's true for people new to computers that might be reading this as well.

i just use a bit of glass cleaner on a face cloth, is that allright?
Depends. What type of screen?

iKlear or diluted window cleaner with a lint-free (microfiber) cloth.. a clean t-shirt isn't a terrible idea. If it's just dust, though, why not use compressed air?
Again, depends on the type of monitor. For some, diluted window cleaner is not a good idea, and the same for compressed air.

If anyone has a link to sort of a tutorial on the types of screens and how to maintain them, that would be a big help to all.