How to clean my MacBook screen?

How to clean my MacBook screen

We’ve always been asked this question!

You should clean your MacBook screen with Apple-recommended materials, like a clean, lint-free cloth with water and mild soap if you’d like.

Having a clean MacBook screen is essential to ensure the best user experience and keep your laptop looking great. However, cleaning your laptop’s screen can be tricky due to its delicate nature.

If you’re wondering how to clean your MacBook screen without causing damage, this guide will help! We’ll go over the steps for safely removing dust and grime from your laptop’s display so that it looks like new again.

With just a few simple supplies and some patience, you’ll have a sparkling-clean Mac in no time!

What Not To Use 

When cleaning your Macbook’s display, there are several household items and materials that you should never use.

These include window cleaners, paper towels, tissues, and any type of abrasive sponge or cloth. Additionally, you should never spray liquid directly onto the display—instead, spray it on the cloth first and then use that cloth to wipe the surface of the display.

This will help prevent any liquid from seeping in between the glass and LCD panel, which can cause permanent damage. 

When dealing with fingerprints or dust on the outside of your laptop case or the screen, it may be tempting to wipe them off with a damp cloth or a product like Windex.

However, this could potentially damage the paint on your laptop case as well as its hinges and other hardware components.

Instead, use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any dirt or smudges without damaging the surface of your laptop case. 

Gather the necessary supplies for cleaning your MacBook screen

The Right Cloth 

When it comes to cleaning your MacBook screen, the most important thing is having the right cloth.

You’ll want to use something soft and lint-free such as microfiber or lens-cleaning cloths so that you don’t damage the delicate surface of the display. Regular rags and paper towels are too rough and could scratch up your screen—so avoid using them at all costs! 

The Right Cleaner 

You should also invest in a good cleaner specifically designed for LCD screens. These cleaners come in various forms such as sprays, wipes, gels, and liquids, and are usually alcohol-based so they won’t damage your laptop’s finish.

Make sure to read the label carefully before making a purchase; some cleaners may contain ammonia or other harsh chemicals that could potentially damage your laptop’s delicate components. 

Let me give you a pro tip: The safest way to clean your MacBook is by using a microfiber cloth and warm water. This method will remove any dirt or dust without damaging any components inside the laptop or its finish on the outside.

If you have tougher stains, you can use a mild soap (preferably one made specifically for electronic devices) mixed with warm water instead of just water alone.

Avoid using paper towels or other abrasive materials because they might scratch the surface of your laptop’s case or display screen.

Additionally, Apple recommends avoiding aerosol sprays as these may contain ingredients that could permanently damage plastic components of your Macbook such as keyboards and ports.  

Can I use acetone to clean my Macbook?

No! While acetone may be effective for removing tough stains from some surfaces, it’s not a safe option for cleaning your Macbook due to its potential to cause permanent damage to both its exterior and interior components. 

Can I clean my laptop screen with a nail polish remover?

NO! Nail polish remover is made up of acetone, which can have a corrosive effect on a laptop screen if used in excess. Many laptop screens are made out of plastic or glass, both of which can be damaged by acetone.

Additionally, most nail polish removers contain other ingredients that could be damaging to your computer’s delicate components.

This means that even if you use only a tiny amount of nail polish remover on your laptop screen, you could end up doing more harm than good! 

Can you use Windex on Mac?

No. Remember that Windex should not be used for any other type of cleaning other than for glass surfaces like laptop screens or monitors. It should not be used on keyboards or other parts of your computer

Can I clean my laptop screen with Isopropyl alcohol?

Yes, but it has to be 70% Isopropyl alcohol is an excellent cleaner for many surfaces, including plastic and glass. It evaporates quickly, so it won’t leave any streaks or residue behind. 

Can You Use Glasses Cleaner on a MacBook Screen? 

The short answer is no, you should not use glasses cleaner on your MacBook screen. Glasses cleaner often contains alcohol, ammonia, and other ingredients that are harsh and abrasive and may damage the protective coating on your laptop’s screen.

Additionally, some glasses cleaner can leave behind streaks or residue that could interfere with the clarity of the display. 

How do I remove fingerprints from my MacBook screen?

Cleaning with Water and Microfiber Cloth 

The simplest way to clean fingerprints off of your Macbook screen is with water and a microfiber cloth. Start by dampening the cloth in lukewarm water—not too hot, as this could damage the surface of the screen—then gently wipe the surface of the screen in circular motions until all of the fingerprints have been removed.

Make sure not to press too hard when wiping, as this could cause scratches on the surface of the screen. 

Using Rubbing Alcohol or a Mild Ammonia-Free Glass Cleaner 

If water doesn’t do the trick, try using rubbing alcohol (70%) or mild glass cleaner to remove stubborn fingerprints from your Macbook screen.

Start by spraying a small amount of rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner onto a cotton swab or soft cloth then gently wipe over fingerprints until they disappear.

Again, be careful not to press too hard when wiping as this could cause scratches on your Macbook’s delicate display. 

Steps to clean your MacBook screen

  1. Power down and unplug your laptop before starting to clean it
  2. Use a microfiber cloth to gently remove dust from the screen
  3. Make a solution of water and mild detergent to use on tougher stains or dirt spots
  4. Dip a cotton swab in the solution and carefully wipe away any remaining grime
  5. Dry off the screen with another clean, dry microfiber cloth
  6. Turn on your laptop once you’re done cleaning it

Tips for preventing the future buildup of dust or dirt on your MacBook screen

Preventative Cleaning Practices 

The best way to keep your laptop screen spotless is to take preventative measures.

Start by keeping all food and drinks away from your device; even seemingly harmless items like crumbs or water droplets can cause damage over time.

Additionally, if you have pets, try to keep them away from the laptop as their fur can cause smudges and scratches. 

If you don’t have one already, consider purchasing an anti-static cloth that can be used to periodically wipe down the screen.

This will help reduce static electricity build-up which can attract more dirt and dust particles. 

Regular Cleaning Routine  

It’s important to have a regular cleaning routine for your laptop (or desktop) so that it looks its best at all times.

Begin by using compressed air to blow any excess dust out of any hard-to-reach crevices on the device itself as well as around the keyboard keys.

Next, you should use a damp microfiber cloth with water only (no cleaners) to wipe down both sides of the display.

Finally, lightly dry off any remaining moisture with another microfiber cloth before closing up your laptop again.

Avoid using paper towels when cleaning as these can leave behind small pieces of lint which can easily get stuck between keys or in other hard-to-reach areas on the machine itself. 

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...