Using a damp paper towel to clean the exterior: Bad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daonesteven, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    Except for the screen but basically everywhere else of the exterior of the body (keyboard, etc) I've been doing this for a while on my 11" mba....have I been essentially harming it? Damnit...
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I use a dampened micro fibre cloth for this, and the screens on my iMac, MBP and MBA....No chemicals etc.

    Have you damaged it, I doubt it, but use a micro cloth in future, they cost nothing.
  3. daonesteven thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    well i mean because the official apple documentation seems to say to use a lint-free microfiber cloth to clean the exterior and people here seem to say to avoid using paper towels since they're I'm wondering if I've essentially been scratching it up this entire time since I use a damp paper towel to clean it at least a couple times a week
  4. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
  5. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    i got like a single drop of moister on my glass trackpad and it made my curser tweak out for 3 days. not recommended for trackpads lol.
  6. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    You should be fine, just make sure the paper towel isn't too wet - if you "squeeze" it a bit while cleaning the keyboard for example, you might press out a drop of water that could get into your keyboard, which of course is bad. Cloth is better that way, it absorbs the moisture better. I'd say the risk of scratching solid metal with a damp paper towel is pretty slim though :)
  7. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale
    these cleaning threads crack me is a MBA, not the hubble telescope. Use your common sense, stay away from harsh wash media or harsh cleaners, and go worry about something else....
  8. Xikum macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    Jesus. The thing is made of aluminium. What do you think a piece of paper towel is going to do?

    Seriously, sometimes people just need to use a little common sense. Remember to wear gloves when using your keyboard so you don't break it!
  9. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Seriously, I don't get why folks think their Apple products are so fragile.

    What other brand besides :apple: would people bend over backwards for to buy cases, screen shields, etc? My old Dell (from a few years ago) was covered in scratches, it didn't bother me at all.
  10. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    My hope is that this is a rhetorical question.
  11. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    This. I clean my entire MBP with paper towels lightly sprayed with windex (actually have done this with all three of my Macbooks to date). They all still looked new when I eventually sold them.

    I probably wouldn't do this on the bare, glossy screen of the MBA. Paper towel + windex for the exterior casing, dry microfiber cloth for the screen. I hope they cover the MBA screen with glass in the next update (which is when I plan to buy one, finally).
  12. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I clean my trackpad with damp cloths all the time. No damage done after it dries.
  13. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    While it's not likely to scratch aluminum, remember paper towels are a by-product of wood. Rather wasteful as well if you care about the environment.

    A far better choice is a washable microfiber cloth. You can use one on the screen as well. Unless you let your computer get awfully dirty, nothing more than a lightly dampened microfiber cloth will ever be needed. Mine all look like new.
  14. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    Wood is a crop, and is sustainable. Nothing wrong with using a paper towel.

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