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How to Clean Your Mac

Whether you’re selling your Mac or just doing a little spring cleaning, keeping your Mac clean not only ensures that your machine works well, but that it also looks good. From cleaning your screen, to dusting your trackpad and magic mouse, we’ve got you covered in this guide. Learn all of the tips for cleaning and reconditioning your Mac desktops and notebooks.

1. Clean Your Screen

Your screen is one of the most important parts of your Mac, so why not keep it shiny? For this, we recommend a good screen cleaning solution like Monster’s iClean (which is what Apple uses at the Genius Bar to clean visitor’s screens). This cleaning solution comes with a cloth that will ensure no scratching of the screen.

To clean your display, spray any glass-safe cleaner (don’t use any chemicals containing alcohol or acetone) onto a lint-free cleaning cloth. Avoid spraying any cleaner directly onto your electronics as the spray may seep into sensors or other electronic components of the computer, causing malfunctions or other failures.

2. Clean Your Keyboard

It has been proven that your keyboard can contain more bacteria than the bathroom toilet. So, not only is cleaning your keyboard great for keeping down germs and keeping you from getting sick, but it’s also good for making your Mac look nice.

To disinfect your keyboard, use a Lysol or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to gently wipe down your keyboard’s keys. To clean the aluminum bridge between the keys, depress the two keys that it lies between and use your fingernail to remove any built-up dirt. After using the disinfecting wipe to clean your keyboard, use a damp, soft, lint-free cloth to gently wipe over the area you cleaned with the wipe to remove any potential residue. Finally, use a dry, lint-free cloth to dry off your keyboard.

Because the keyboard on a notebook Mac is so close to the internal components of the machine, you should especially use caution and remember the following tips:

– Before cleaning your keyboard, you should turn off your notebook computer, unplug your wired keyboard, or turn off your wireless keyboard.

– Do not use disinfectant wipes containing bleach or disinfectant sprays.

– Do not use an extremely damp disinfectant wipe to clean the area. If you encounter a very damp wipe it may need to be squeezed to remove some of the excess liquid before use.

– Do not allow the liquid from the disinfectant wipe to sit or pool on the area being disinfected for a long amount of time.

– Do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the area.

– Do not use excess force when disinfecting the area around the keyboard; this could damage the keys.

3. Clean Your Magic Trackpad

The Magic Trackpad on your MacBook or stand-alone Bluetooth Trackpad is made of glass on the touch surface and can be treated just like your Mac’s display. Spray any glass-safe cleaner (don’t use any chemicals containing alcohol or acetone) onto a lint-free cleaning cloth, and use the cloth to wipe down the trackpad surface. Just like the keyboard, you should avoid using excessive force when cleaning the trackpad to avoid any potential damage.

4. Clean Your Magic Mouse or Mighty Mouse

The top part of the Magic Mouse can be cleaned just like the Magic Trackpad, except you will want to ensure your cleaner is plastic-safe and doesn’t contain any aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives. You will also want to ensure that you don’t get any cleaner into the cracks and crevasses of the mouse.

One of our biggest gripes with the Mighty Mouse is when the scroll ball on the top of the mouse gets stuck and won’t move. If your Mighty Mouse is like this, then the best way to remove the particles is by turning your mouse upside down and roll the ball vigorously with a soft, lint-free cloth. You can see an Apple video demonstration of cleaning the scroll ball here.

Any Apple mouse from the past decade will either use laser or optical tracking. To clean the sensor at the bottom of the mouse, use a dry, lint-free cloth to wipe off any dust, dirt, or debris. Do not use any liquid solution on the sensor. If you are unable to remove dust from the optical sensor area, using a can of compressed air can remedy the situation, but be careful not to turn the can upside down while spraying to avoid releasing the internal liquid (or freeze your hands!).

For more information on cleaning your Apple devices, visit the Apple Support note to learn more