The screen is one of the most delicate parts of your MacBook. It deserves the utmost care because it can get damaged easily and is expensive to repair or replace. This is why you should always take extra precautions when cleaning your MacBook screen.
After all, you wouldn’t want to shell out a huge amount just to get your MacBook screen fixed, now would you? Not only is it costly, it’s also a major inconvenience.
Fortunately, keeping your Macbook screen (and your Macbook) in tiptop shape won’t cost as much as having it repaired or replaced. To ensure that your MacBook screen is always in excellent condition, read on further.
What you’ll need
Before you start cleaning, here are three items you need to prepare.
- Microfiber cloth
Microfiber cloths are static-free and lint-free which makes them the ideal fabric to use when cleaning your MacBook screen. They’re soft, smooth, and non-abrasive, so you can be certain that they won’t damage your MacBook screen.
You can also use microfiber cloths to clean the screens of your other electronic devices as well as glass surfaces in your house such as mirrors and windows. Basically, they’re the perfect cleaning instruments for any smooth, fragile, or delicate surfaces around your home.
- Simple homemade cleaning solution
Before you proceed, here’s an important but little-known (or oft-neglected) pointer: You need to use distilled water and not just regular tap water as your base. This is because distilled water is free from any chemicals that can damage your MacBook screen. In addition to the distilled water, you’ll need plain white vinegar.
To create your own cleaning solution, all you need to do is mix equal parts water and vinegar. Since this is 100% chemical and solvent-free, you don’t need to worry about ruining your MacBook’s screen. For your convenience, make a big batch that you can store, so that it’s handy when you need it.
- Spray bottle
Naturally, you would need something to store your cleaning solution, and a spray bottle is your best bet. With this kind of container, you’ll be able to evenly disperse the the solution onto your microfiber cloth, ensuring complete coverage.
How to clean your MacBook screen the right way
Once you’ve prepared the necessary items, you can begin your cleaning process. All you need to do is follow this step-by-step guide.
- Turn off and unplug your MacBook.
The first thing you need to do is turn off your MacBook and unplug all its connections. This way, you avoid any potential electrical hazards. Under no circumstances should you start the cleaning process with your MacBook still powered on.
- Get rid of dirt and dust buildup.
Using your microfiber cloth, gently wipe away any dust or dirt that has accumulated on your screen. Wipe every inch of the screen including the frames. Don’t press down on your screen too much, as this could damage the pixels.
- Use your cleaning solution.
Spray just enough of the cleaning solution on your microfiber cloth to dampen it. You don’t want it soaking wet as the excess liquid can seep into your MacBook. Wipe the screen with your microfiber cloth using a gentle circular motion.
For streaks of dirt that are harder to remove, it’s fine to speed up the circulation motion and add a little more pressure. Just be careful not to use too much pressure as this can cause cracks in the glass.
Common Macbook cleaning mistakes
There are some things you should never do when cleaning your MacBook. Here are a few of the most common (and most serious) newbie mistakes:
- Spraying your cleaning solution directly on the screen of your MacBook. The droplets of the liquid solution can get inside your machine and cause your machine to short-circuit once you turn it on.
- Using abrasive, chemical-based household cleaners. The solvents in these cleaning solutions will do more harm than good to your MacBook screen.
- Wiping the screen with rough materials. If you don’t want to scratch your MacBook, refrain from using things like sponges and toothbrushes to clean your screen.
- Turning your MacBook on while the screen is still damp. Either wait for the cleaning solution to dry out or wipe it dry before you turn on your MacBook to prevent getting electrocuted.
- Waiting too long before you clean your MacBook screen. Don’t wait until the screen of your MacBook is covered with grime before you clean it. It’s important that you clean your MacBook screen often enough so that dirt and bacteria don’t develop.
After cleaning the screen and exterior of your MacBook, it might also a good time to clean up your MacBook's desktop, backups and cache. It is a great way to make your MacBook look and feel as if it's brand new!
Maintaining both the cleanliness and the quality of your MacBook screen isn’t all that difficult. You just have to know what to do and what not to do. If you follow all the aforementioned instructions, you can rest assured that the screen of your MacBook will remain in excellent shape for many years to come.
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