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How to clean your MacBook screen

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To clean your MacBook screen, dampen a soft, lint-free cloth and wipe the screen clean. For stubborn stains, dampen the cloth with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution and wipe clean. Make sure all moisture is dry before using your MacBook.

Your MacBook is prone to collecting dust, fingerprints, dirt, and grime over time as it travels from one place to another. It is good practice to clean your MacBook screen periodically for the best experience. We’ll show you how to clean a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro screen.

Get ready to clean your screen

Before cleaning your MacBook screen, you need to turn it off. Then unplug it from its power source, remove any other connected devices, and optionally unplug their cables.

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Next, you’ll want to grab a soft, lint-free cloth. You’ll want to avoid using more abrasive materials, like your household paper towels.

The best way to clean a MacBook screen

Take your lint-free cloth and dampen it with water. Do not soak the cloth, just dampen it or a part of it.

Clean your MacBook screen with the cloth. Be careful not to let moisture get into any openings in your computer.

If you have fingerprints or stubborn smudges, Apple recommends a cloth dampened with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Once you dampen the cloth with the solution, wipe down the screen to remove any stubborn stains.

To keep your screen nice and shiny on a regular basis, you can check out Apple’s polishing cloth. If you want to stick with an Apple product, this is great for a quick wipe to remove dust and keep your screen free of dirt between wipes.

apple polishing cloth

The Apple Polishing Cloth is made from a soft, non-abrasive fabric. It’s safe to use on your MacBook screen, as well as your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other Apple displays, including those with nano-textured glass.

Of course, there are plenty of alternatives to Apple’s polishing cloth if you want to shop around.

Before using your MacBook after cleaning, make sure the moisture has dried completely.

Things to Avoid When Cleaning Your MacBook Screen

For best results, there are certain things you should avoid when cleaning your MacBook Air or Pro:

  • Do not use a cleaner that contains acetone or hydrogen peroxide.
  • Do not use window or household cleaners, sprays, solvents, abrasives, or ammonia.
  • Do not spray any cleaner directly on the screen.
  • Do not use paper towels, thick cloths, or household towels.

Now that you have tips on how to clean a MacBook screen, check out how to safely clean your iPhone.

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