How to Clean a MacBook Screen

If you own a MacBook, you know how important it is to keep the screen clean and free from smudges, fingerprints and dust. You don’t want a dirty screen causing you to accidentally sign the wrong document at work or CC-ing the wrong contact in an email.

In this guide, our experts at Jim’s I.T will walk you through the best way to clean your MacBook screen without leaving any scratches or debris behind.

What you’ll need for a sparkling clean MacBook screen

Before we dive into the cleaning process, let’s gather the essential items you’ll need:

  • Soft, lint-free microfibre cloths
  • Water
  • 70-percent isopropyl alcohol solution (optional)

These common household items are all you need to clean your MacBook screen effectively. Now, let’s get started with the cleaning process.

Step-by-step guide to clean your MacBook screen

Step 1: Turn off your MacBook

This is a crucial first step, so you won’t accidentally press on your keyboard or trackpad that might trigger any apps or edit any documents while cleaning your screen.

Step 2: Wipe away dust with a soft cloth

Using a soft, lint-free microfibre cloth, gently wipe away any immediate dust from your MacBook screen. Avoid using paper towels or rough materials that can potentially scratch the surface. If your MacBook came with a cloth, it’s best to use that.

Step 3: Dampen the cloth and wipe the screen

If there are smudges or stubborn marks on the screen, you can dampen another soft microfibre cloth with water. Make sure the cloth is only damp and not wet or sodden.

Gently wipe the screen in a side-to-side motion, avoiding any scrubbing that could damage the display.

Remember to apply water only to the cloth and not directly to the screen. Don’t forget to ensure that moisture doesn’t get into any of your MacBook’s open slots.

Step 4: Remove stubborn marks with isopropyl alcohol

You can use a 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution for any persistent marks that won’t go away with just water. Apply the solution to the cloth and gently wipe the marks away.

Never spray anything directly onto the screen, as it can damage the display. You can also use wet wipes that contain the same solution.

Step 5: Allow the screen to dry completely

After cleaning, leave your MacBook open and allow the screen to air dry completely before closing it. This ensures that no moisture is trapped between the screen and the keyboard, which could potentially cause damage.

And there you have it! Your MacBook screen should now be looking as good as new.

Cleaning the rest of your MacBook

While you’re at it, why not give the rest of your MacBook some TLC? Here’s how you can clean the exterior, including the keyboard:

Step 1: Power off and unplug your MacBook

As with cleaning the screen, start by shutting down your MacBook and unplugging it from the power source.

Step 2: Wipe away dust with a dry cloth

Using a dry lint-free microfibre cloth, gently wipe away any dust from the exterior, including the keyboard. This helps keep your MacBook looking pristine.

Step 3: Dampen the cloth and clean the exterior

If your MacBook needs a more thorough clean, you can dampen the cloth with water, just like before. Be careful not to let any moisture enter the openings or spray liquids directly onto your MacBook.

Step 4: Sanitise the keyboard with disinfecting wipes

To sanitise your MacBook or address tougher stains, you can use 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes, 75% ethyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. These can be applied to hard, non-porous surfaces, including the keyboard. Again, be sure to keep the moisture away from the openings.

Cleaning nano-texture glass

The cleaning process is slightly different for MacBooks with a nano-texture glass display. Apple advises using the cloth supplied with your iMac or Pro Display XDR specifically for this type of display. No other cloth should be used on nano-texture glass. If you’ve lost the cloth, replacements are available from Apple.

If smudges persist, you can dampen the cloth with a 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution and gently wipe the marks away. Exercise caution to prevent any damage to the delicate nano-texture glass.

Can Windex or household cleaners be used to clean your MacBook screen?

Apple advises against using window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, ammonia, abrasives or cleaners containing hydrogen peroxide on its displays. These substances can be abrasive and cause irreparable damage. Stick to the recommended cleaning methods mentioned in this guide to ensure the longevity of your MacBook screen.

Keep your MacBook Screen spotless with regular cleaning

Now that you know the best way to clean your MacBook screen, there’s no excuse for putting it off any longer. By following these simple steps and using the right materials, you can keep your MacBook screen looking brand new and enjoy optimal visibility.

Remember to clean the rest of your MacBook’s exterior as well for a complete refresh.

The best way to clean a MacBook screen is to have it done by experts. Jim’s I.T offers comprehensive MacBook cleaning services Australia-wide (excluding the Northern Territory). Not only do we offer device cleaning services, but we also offer premium Apple support, so your device can perform at its best!

Book our services today via our website or contact us at 131 546, so we can give your MacBook screen the thorough cleaning it deserves!

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