How to Clean the Screen on a MacBook

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Laptop screens are more susceptible to dirt and grime than desktop computers. With new materials and technologies available today, screens are less likely to break, however cleaning them has become more problematic as they are made from materials that can be corroded by traditional alcohol-based cleaners. Read on to learn how to clean the screen on a MacBook.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Water or cleaning solution from an authorized Apple Dealer

Step 1

Turn off the computer, unplug the power cord and remove the battery. Whenever using liquid of any kind around a MacBook, or any computer, it is important to have all power to the unit turned off and removed to protect you from shock.

Step 2

Dampen a soft, lint-free cloth with water. Don't use anything other than water unless it is purchased from an authorized Apple Dealer. It is important that liquid is not sprayed directly onto the screen.

Step 3

Gently wipe the screen with the dampened cloth. Even using just a cloth and water it is easy to clean off most smudges and fingerprints from the screen.

Step 4

Wipe the screen down with a soft dry cloth after it has been cleaned to dry any liquid still on the screen and prevent streaking.

Step 5

Replace the battery, plug the power adapter back in and power up the MacBook. The screen will be crisp and clear. It is a good idea to clean the screen every month to prevent the build up of grime.