Cleaning Your Computer Screen

Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 12:40 PM – Tips and Hints

My MacBook Pro came with a soft cloth to clean the display and I use it, but what if that isn’t enough? I got an email a couple of days ago from an old friend asking how he could clean his using products he had at home. I think there was a direct correlation between his question and the age of his first grandchild.

I did some research because I wasn’t sure and didn’t want to give out any bad information. This is what I found out.

On the new machines don’t use anything with alcohol, ammonia or strong solvents.  The safest thing is plain distilled water.  If that doesn’t work, a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and distilled water.

Don’t put it directly on the screen.  Use a microfiber cloth, an old t-shirt, or some other very soft cloth.  If you have a piece of cloth about the size of the screen it is best because it won’t leave streaks.  The cloth should be moist, not wet.  Wipe in circular motion.  Don’t press your fingers into the cloth or screen.

Oh, and by-the-way, you can use this on your iPhone or iPod as well.


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