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Tips for Cleaning a Dirty MacBook

When you invest in a new computer, you want it to last as long as possible. One thing that could get in the way of your MacBook lasting as long as possible is dust and dirt. Of course, you don't want your MacBook to look dirty. Dust and dirt could ruin more than just appearance. Having a dirty MacBook can cause issues with performance and connectivity- not to mention the scratches on the display it could cause.

Cleaning your MacBook

Cleaning your MacBook regularly will keep it from having issues and will help it run more efficiently. Whether you have a MacBook Air, a MacBook Pro, or just a MacBook, a regular cleansing routine will help you extend the lifespan. Let's look at a few ways to clean your MacBook.

Avoid cleaning your MacBook this way

Cleaning seems like it should be simple enough to do, but there are some things you want to avoid. When cleaning your MacBook, you want to make sure that you do not use any chemical-based cleaning solution for the outer shell or display. While some may be ok to use with your device, others can cause costly damages. You may be able to find products specifically for cleaning a MacBook at your nearest electronics store, and they are fine. However, you can probably save yourself a few coins and use a microfiber cleaning cloth and water to achieve the same or similar results. Other items to avoid using are bleach, aerosol sprays, or anything abrasive. These items are not meant to be used for cleaning a MacBook.

How to clean your MacBook

Before you attempt to clean your MacBook, you should always make sure that it's powered off and disconnected from the power adapter. The reason this is important is because you don't want any power surging through your MacBook while you clean. You don't want to fry any of the components of your precious MacBook! Definitely avoid spraying liquid directly onto your MacBook- this includes the keyboard and display.

If you have an external keyboard, it may be possible to take out the keycaps in order to do a thorough cleaning of the keyboard. This is true with an external keyboard. Don't try this with your Mac's keyboard or you may break it. It's very important to keep a keyboard clean because dirt and dust underneath keys can cause real problems.

When you clean your MacBook, make sure you use a lint free microfiber cloth. You want it to be lint free because if it's not, little pieces of the cloth might be left behind on your Mac and this can cause issues. It could also cause scratches to your display. Yikes!

One way you can keep your MacBook from getting dirty, thus requiring you to clean it less, is to use a protective sleeve or bag to carry it around. And this may seem like common sense, but don't use your MacBook in dusty conditions. This can cause dust to be trapped in the keyboard or grime on the display. It's also a good idea to avoid eating around your Mac. Even if you're really careful, you can get food crumbs in your keyboard and other hard to reach places.

What materials do I need?

When you clean your MacBook, you should use simply a microfiber cleaning cloth and water. You can gently dip the cloth in water and wring it out before using it to clean your MacBook. You can use these materials to clean the outer shell of your MacBook, the display, and the keyboard. Make sure you avoid spraying water directly on your MacBook. Use the microfiber cleaning cloth and make sure it's only slightly dampened. If it's dripping wet, the water can cause damage to your MacBook.

Another option to clean your Mac is a can of compressed air. Compressed air can help blow dirt away from hard-to-reach places like underneath the keys, in the crevices of the display, the hinges, and other hard to read areas. You can use compressed air to clean your MacBook Pro ports as well. Be careful if you have a butterfly keyboard though, as the force of compressed air may damage this type of keyboard if you're not careful. It might seem that a little vacuum cleaner would be a good idea, but that should definitely be avoided. Static electricity generated by a vacuum cleaner does not need to come in contact with your MacBook Pro.

One final option to clean your MacBook is probably already in your cabinet at home. You can use isopropyl alcohol with a 70% or higher solution. Put a little on a microfiber cleaning cloth and gently rub the surfaces of your Mac. You want to avoid using alcohol on the display, though.

Lastly, Apple recommends the use of Clorox disinfecting wipes on the hard surfaces of the Mac in order to clean and disinfect it. You can use these to clean the keycaps and trackpad. However, you don't want to use them for the display.

Use these tips for cleaning your MacBook and they will definitely help your device stay in its best form.