Although I love the 16-inch MacBook Pro as the primary workhorse, one of the most frustrating things about using an Apple laptop is how easily the display gets dirty. I’ve had problems cleaning my MacBook Pro display for years, but in the past few years I’ve been happy to think that I’ve finally perfected the screen cleaning technique.
If you’re looking for the best way to clean your MacBook display, look no further than this tutorial. Ultimately, you will surely agree with me that there is simply no reason to tolerate using a MacBook with a dirty screen.
In this hands-on video walkthrough, I’ll show you how to keep my MacBook Pro screen clean and what products are required.
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Before you start, you need some tools. Of course, you can customize this tutorial to your needs, but these are the products that have treated me well.
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I cleaned my MacBook displays for years and it took me a long time to find the perfect setup. There are reasons for every item I use.
I used Whoosh after visiting an Apple Store and found that Apple Store staff used it to clean the screens of the display model in the store. After trying it, I can see why.
For starters, the formula is non-toxic and practically odorless. Most importantly, you don’t want to spray anything on the MacBook’s sensitive display, which could potentially damage it. Whoosh advertises that it is safe for all types of displays, and after using it for several years, I agree with this feeling. Of course there can be other sprays that work just as well, but I have the most experience with Whoosh.
The same basic principle applies to my cleaning cloth of your choice, the Kirkland Signature Premium microfiber cloths that Costco sells. I originally started buying these for vehicle details, but one day I decided to try them out to clean my screens.
After trying these microfiber cloths on my various Macs, I was sold. In my opinion, these towels are superior to the types of cleaning towels that are often found in technical products, and even the Whoosh cleaner itself.
The problem with the thin gray or black cleaning wipes that are often bundled with technical products is that they lack the thicknesses required to absorb liquid. So when you wipe the display, you’re basically just smearing the liquid on the display. This smeared liquid dries quickly and you have bad spots and streaks on your display.
With a thick microfiber cloth like the one suggested above, the liquid is absorbed when wiped off the towel and has no chance of drying on the screen and causing these ugly streaks. It took me a while to get it, but when I did it was like a light bulb going on in my head.
In my opinion, owning a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster is a must for every technology enthusiast. This air blaster is not only ideal for cleaning lenses and camera sensors, but is also practical for everything else that can benefit from a quick blast of air.
The wonderful thing about the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster is that it is fully self-powered. There is no frozen compressed aerosol air that can damage your electronics, and there are no batteries or electricity that you could be mistaken with. It is always ready to work. Just press it down firmly and it will move a surprising amount of air.
Before wiping a display, make sure that there are no loose foreign objects on the screen that could cause damage. I use the Rocket Air Blaster as a pre-cleaning step to clean the screen of my MacBook.
Bath towel or other soft surface
Finally, I use a bath towel or other soft surface to protect my MacBook during the cleaning process. Since I recommend putting the MacBook on the screen to get the best possible cleaning angle, you definitely need to put something under the device to protect it from scratches.
How to clean the screen of your MacBook in detail step by step
Turn off your MacBook and pull out all accessories. If you’ve recently used your Mac, give the screen time to cool down when it’s warm.
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Place a plush cloth or other soft object on a stable surface to protect your MacBook from scratches and other damage.
Open the lid of your MacBook and place it at a 90 degree angle so that you can lay it face down, parallel to the surface. In this way, you can maintain an even, stable angle on the display when cleaning and prevent the Whoosh Screen Shine from running over the display.
You want to reduce the brightness to a minimum or turn off the MacBook so you can see the actual status of the display.
Use the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster to blow air onto the surface of the display and to move or remove dirt. Do this several times to ensure that all residue is removed.
Take a new microfiber cloth, fold it in half and then fold it again. Slide it gently and without pressure over the surface of the display to remove any remaining residue.
Spray a generous amount of Whoosh Screen Shine on the surface of the display. Don’t go overboard, but you want to spray enough so that the entire display comes into contact with the liquid when you wipe it. Watch the video if you are unsure.
Fold the microfiber cloth two more times to get a small cleaning tool. Use your four-fold microfiber cloth to gently wipe the screen from left to right. Start at the bottom of the display near the base of the device and work your way up to the webcam.
Wipe the display from top to bottom, starting on the left side of the display and up to the right side of the display.
When wiping, you should notice that the stains and stains disappear. You should also notice that the microfiber cloth absorbs the liquid.
Turn the microfiber cloth over with the dry side facing away and wipe the display again with the same pattern in the previous two steps. You should notice that the display becomes smoother as the liquid is completely removed on the clean screen.
Use the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster to remove any dust particles that may appear on the display.
In my experience, one of the most frustrating things about using a MacBook Pro is how quickly the display gets dirty. As much as I avoid touching it, sneezing in front of it, or coughing on the display, or eating or drinking around my laptop, it is inevitable still It gets dirty.
Thanks to these proven steps, this is no longer a problem. In just a few minutes, I can switch from a dirty display to one that looks like I just took it out of the box. I also find this cleaning program very practical when I prepare my MacBooks for sale.
What do you think? Are you struggling to keep your MacBook display clean or do you have a working cleaning method? Share your thoughts in the comments below.