Cleaning the screen of a MacBook Pro

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Cleaning the screen of a MacBook Pro
Cleaning the screen of a MacBook Pro

If you want to clean the screen of your MacBook Pro, you have to be careful, because you can seriously damage your screen with cloths that are too damp or with abrasive material. This article lists some methods to safely clean your screen.


Method 1 of 4: Wipe with a dry cloth

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Step 1. Turn off your computer

Turn off your MacBook Pro and remove the adapter from the computer.

Taking out your adapter isn't essential if you're just using a dry cloth to clean the screen, but it's still recommended as the friction caused by the cloth can damage the adapter

Step 2. Wipe off prints with a microfiber cloth

Gently rub the screen with a microfiber cloth using small circular motions to cover the entire screen. Keep a light and even pressure, do not use too much force.

  • Glasses cloths are ideal, but you can use any type of cloth as long as the material is soft, lint-free and does not become static. Never use abrasive materials and do not use tea towels or kitchen paper.
  • Brushing can take up to five minutes before all fingerprints and dirt are gone.
  • Hold the computer by the top edge or by the keyboard to avoid accidentally getting the screen dirty again.

Method 2 of 4: Wipe with a damp cloth

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Step 1. Turn off your computer

Turn off your MacBook Pro and remove the adapter from the computer.

Step 2. Dampen a soft cloth with water

Moisten a microfibre cloth with water, the cloth should only be slightly damp.

  • Use only soft material. A cloth without fibers that does not become static works best, but in principle you can use all types of non-abrasive cloths. Never use kitchen paper, tea towels or other rough cloths.
  • Do not immerse the cloth in water. Using a soaked cloth can allow water to get into your laptop and cause serious damage to the computer. Wring the cloth well if you accidentally wet the cloth.
  • It is better to use distilled water than tap water. Tap water contains a variety of minerals, and some of these minerals are conductive. Therefore, tap water is more likely to cause a short circuit than distilled water.
  • Never spray water directly on the screen of your MacBook. This greatly increases the chance that water will enter the device, which can cause a short circuit. Only use water if you can apply it with a soft cloth.

Step #3. Wipe the screen

Wipe the cloth from left to right and bottom to top across the screen in small circular motions. Apply even pressure to the screen, but don't press too hard.

  • Hold the screen by the top or bottom to avoid getting the screen dirty again.
  • You may have to repeat the operation several times before all the dirt is gone. You may also need to re-moisten your cloth depending on how many times you brush the screen to remove the dirt.

Method 3 of 4: Using specialty cleaners

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Step 1. Turn off your computer

Before continuing, make sure the computer is turned off. Remove the adapter from the computer.

The adapter must be out of the computer before you can continue. The components can be damaged if you clean your screen with detergent. You can get a mild shock if the moisture comes into contact with the electrical components, especially if the adapter is still in the laptop

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Step 2. Spray some LCD and plasma screen cleaner on a microfiber cloth

Use a product specially developed for LCD screens.

  • Just spray a small amount of detergent on your cloth. Be careful not to get your cloth soaked. The cloth should feel just slightly damp, and no liquid should come out when you squeeze it.
  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth that does not become static. You can use a lens cloth, but any kind of microfiber cloth should work. Do not use kitchen paper, tea towels, towels or other abrasive materials.
  • Only use cleaning agents specially formulated for use on LCD screens. Do not use all-purpose cleaners, alcohol-based products, bleach, solvents, aerosols, or abrasives. These types of products can cause serious damage to the screen. In extreme cases, the screen can even break completely.
  • Never spray the cleaning agent directly on the screen. This increases the chance that the liquid can drip into the laptop, into the openings at the bottom or on the sides. Never allow liquid to enter the openings, as this could cause a short circuit.
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Step 3. Wipe the screen with the cloth

Move the cloth over the entire screen in a circular motion, applying light, even pressure.

  • Hold the computer by the top or bottom, be careful not to get the screen dirty again.
  • Continue to brush until all the grime is gone, and apply some more cleaning agent to your cloth if necessary. You'll probably need to brush the entire screen a few times, which can take a few minutes.

Method 4 of 4: Using LCD or plasma wipes

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Step 1. Turn off your MacBook Pro

Turn off the computer before continuing. Also remove the adapter from the laptop.

Moisture from the cloth may seep into the computer. That is why it is important that you remove the adapter before you start. This prevents parts from being damaged and you prevent electric shocks

Step 2. Use a cloth specially formulated for cleaning screens

Go over the entire screen with such an LCD cloth, from top to bottom, or from left to right. It works best if you do this in a circular motion and lightly press the cloth evenly.

  • These types of wipes contain just enough detergent to clean the screen without dripping any liquid. The applied formula is also safe to use on electronic devices.
  • Make sure there is no alcohol in the wipes, as alcohol can damage the screen.


  • Place your laptop on a tea towel on a flat surface (e.g. a table). Then turn the laptop upside down and open the laptop so that the side with the computer and keyboard is facing up at a 90 degree angle, and the side with the screen is on the table (i.e. the Apple logo is touching the table, with the tea towel between them to avoid scratches). Support the keyboard side with your hand or with a heavy book so that you can clean the screen with your other hand, following the tips in this article. This way you ensure that the screen does not move when cleaning, and because the keyboard side is raised, no liquid can run into the computer.
  • Contact the store where you bought your MacBook or the Apple Store immediately if liquid got into your computer. In most cases, liquid damage is not covered by the warranty.

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