How to Clean My Mac Computer

By James B. Jones

Unlike PCs, which can be easily opened for upgrades, but leaving internal components vulnerable to massive dust build-ups, Macintosh computers are virtually air-tight and require little effort on the part of the end user to maintain. Because of this, cleaning a Mac is a very easy task that requires little more than a towel and some water.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple computer
  • Moist towelette
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Compressed air cleaner (such as "Dust Off")

Cleaning a Mac Computer

Step 1

Power down your Mac. This is purely for safety reasons.

Step 2

Wipe down the outer plastic with a damp, lint-free towel. While water will usually be enough to remove light surface marks, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove stubborn stains.

Step 3

Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe the monitor of your Mac. Gently stroke the monitor vertically.

Step 4

Spray a compressed air cleaner to clean out the dust and other undesirables from the Mac keyboard.

Step 5

Use compressed air to clean the dust from inside the Mac computer, should you be able to open it. Some Macs are not designed to be opened without factory tools.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use rough towels or window cleaner on the screen, as both can damage it.
  • Cleaning the interior of a Mac computer, should you be able to open it, is no different than cleaning a PC. Use extra care with the sensitive internal components, as some Apple computer warranties are violated if the machine is opened.

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