Show Some Love: Clean Your MacBook

Show Some Love: Clean Your MacBook

Imagine the ideal companion.

They’ll travel anywhere with you, going hours on end in your company, helping you with whatever you need without drama or frustration. They hold no judgement or jealousy as they support you through thick and thin.

It sounds something like true friendship – and it’s what some of us have with our MacBooks.

Guy using MacBook

Guy using MacBook

Yet despite the fruitful relationships we bare with our computer counterparts, laptops often go cosmetically uncared for. Months of grime and filth build up on our keyboards and screens, harming the exterior and interior.

Here are 3 ways you can return the love and clean your hardware companion. liquid damage mac repair

Clean the Keyboard

It doesn’t take any stretch of the imagination to believe the keyboard is often the dirtiest part of our computers — perhaps the dirtiest object we deal with daily. Studies have shown that keyboards can be dirtier than toilets.

Keyboard Damaged by Liquid

Keyboard Damaged by Liquid

To begin cleaning, you’ll want to turn off your computer because you don’t want the hard drive running during this process.Apple suggests a damp, lint-free cloth for wiping down the keyboard, but it’s important to use as little moisture as possible. Alternatively, Disinfectant wipes are great for removing the grime from your keys, as the alcohol evaporates quickly without damaging the computer’s underlying hardware.

Clean The Screen

Nothing is worse than squinting through the months of dust that has been collecting on your screen. Similar to cleaning the keyboard, you can use a slightly dampened cloth to remove the built up grime. liquid damage mac repair

If your computer screen is cracked or has experienced any other unwipe-able damage, there’s still hope. Many people don’t realize that the initial layer of your screen is a simple screen protector. These protectors can be easily replaced and are a great way to keep your MacBook looking as good as new.


To finish up the cosmetic reparations, the trackpad should be addressed as well. Apple strongly warns against using any type of cleaning solution on the pad due to its delicate nature. Instead, you can give it a thorough wiping with your slightly dampened, lint-free micro cloth. If this doesn’t do the trick, many people recommend using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Be careful to not become overzealous and wipe off the top layer of finish! liquid damage mac repair

So there we are! A few simple steps and your MacBook looks and feels a whole lot better. Now you can get back to work, or continue perusing Facebook – your laptop won’t tell!

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