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26th April 2005, 08:44 AM

I'm new to Laptops, how to you clean an LCD Monitor. My iBook was Given to me without instructions.

Thanks Tracey :unsure:

26th April 2005, 08:52 AM
you can get specialised lcd cleaners from most applestores.
you can also get special cloth's for cleaning them.i usually just wipe mine down with a cloth and if need be a use a small amount of water

dont go using windex and anything like that because they can ruin your lcd

26th April 2005, 08:57 AM
I highly recommend any kind of microfibre cloth.
Slightly dampen a corner of the cloth for stubborn bits.
Be very gentle.

26th April 2005, 09:14 AM
Wood fibre such as in tissues are a definite no no.
Klear screen (http://www.klearscreen.com/) is available from most Apple Stores. Never spray directly onto the screen but yes moisten the cloth.
You do not want to use Alccohol or Ammonia but water is fine. A lightly moistened cloth made of polished cotton or otherwise lint frre cloth is fine. Just a good idea to have the screen turned off at the time. Don't press too hard.. just lightly polish until the screen becomes clearer

23rd May 2005, 11:32 PM
Of course, there is the following from Ambrosia Software. For the price, it does an exceptionally good job! :P

Screen Cleaner Pro 1.0.0 (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/freebies/)*

* note release date ;)

26th March 2006, 08:55 AM
Water won't be enough to remove the oil that inadvertently makes it's way onto the screen (laptops overtime become absolutely covered with oil from continued handling). I use a 2 cloth system: 1 damp cloth with a drop of washing-up liquid (morning fresh) and one dry cloth. I then rub on with the first and rub off with the second. You'll be amazed!

Ausmac is right about the tissues - they're not soft enough. I use old-super-soft cotton. iSlayer and Ausmac are also correct in saying to avoid alcohol and ammonia (window cleaner contains ammonia). You need to avoid any sort of alcohol, ammonia, solvent, bleach or caustic agent - common sprays and cleaners usually involve one or more of these.

This also works great on Al books, removing that mottled look from the anodised housing. Just by using simple detergent it's possible to get an Al book to look like new again.

26th March 2006, 09:08 AM
Just a warning, I used the fellows screen cleaner (two step system) on one of my old macs and it was an absolute disaster.

I ended up having to borrow some $30 a bottle screen cleaner stuff from one of my mates to clean it off, I can't remember what it was called but it worked a treat...

Since then I have just used my Ilford anti-static cloth because I manly only have dust issues, not oil issues.

26th March 2006, 09:35 AM
Oh yeah, sorry. I was thinking about laptops that get handled all the time, or laptops where the keyboard touches the screen (due to poor design or from being squashed in a bag). On my own deskbound computers i simply use a dry lint-free cloth.

26th March 2006, 10:14 AM
Steaming hot damp face cloth. :thumbup:

26th March 2006, 11:36 AM
First use something like a camera lens brush to clean off any dust. Then moisten a good-quality cotton wool make-up pad with distilled water (very important - leaves no residue - you can get this from just about any supermarket). Squirt a single drop of Johnsons Baby Shampoo onto the pad and wipe the entire surface of the screen. The pad mustn't be saturated with water or capillary action will drag it between the screen and the surround. Allow it to dry (takes a couple of minutes) then moisten a new pad with water, no shampoo this time, and wipe the screen as before. Allow to dry and repeat with a new pad. That's it. Very cheap and effective, I've been using the same 2 litre bottle of water and a 200ml bottle of shampoo about every 2 weeks for the last 3 years on a PowerBook screen and 23" Cinema Screen and both look brand new.

26th March 2006, 01:03 PM
Hi Tracey. :)

I have an iBook, and I posted this exact same question when I first joined ATAU. I used cotton buds dipped in warm water, worked wonders.

26th March 2006, 02:50 PM
I use the case that Oakley sells their sunglasses in. The sort you can get from an Optometrist for cleaning glasses works a treat. Often free too!

26th March 2006, 03:48 PM
Just go to office works and get yourself a product called CleanSafe. It's a 25ml spray and it's the best there is. RRP is $19.95

I use a microfibre cloth with it.

26th March 2006, 05:02 PM
Best thing that I found so far and wont damage the LCD, assuming you dont put too much pressre on the cloth, is a mico-fibre cloth, often found in optometrists for cleaning glasses and if necessary a little clean water. Works a treat. I scored two large micro fibre cloths from work that came with a couple of large flat screen monitors we brought ages ago.

26th March 2006, 05:21 PM
I have always used those nice yellow dish cloths. Tiffany make my prefered one, but Jiff also make a similar one.

I use brand new ones. I use a damp one to clean the screen, reasonably large size pad. Then I use a dry one and dry everything off on one direction to avoid streaks.

Works wonders.

Then I hang them on a coat hanger in the closet for next time.

26th March 2006, 05:31 PM
I dunno about you guys, but my iMac G4 came with a grey microfibre cloth for cleaning the screen. I just assumed that all LCD-based Macs came with them.

26th March 2006, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by tommelbourne@Mar 26 2006, 05:31 PM
I dunno about you guys, but my iMac G4 came with a grey microfibre cloth for cleaning the screen. I just assumed that all LCD-based Macs came with them.
Yeah mine (G4 iMac but none of the others) did as well, but I found that good for dust and slight fingerprints only...

26th March 2006, 10:36 PM
For the stubborn pieces of dust in the corners of the screen of my old Wallstreet, I would use post it notes. :)

1st April 2006, 11:25 AM
mate of mine told me to use windex (white/clear one, not the blue one)