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How to safely clean your MacBook

Person using a cloth to clean a MacBook

Whether you use your MacBook for work, school, or simply for day-to-day tasks, chances are good that it gets a lot of use–but how often do you clean it? Keeping your MacBook clean is important, not only for protecting its resale value, but allowing it to function to its maximum ability.

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Why should you clean your MacBook?

For many MacBook users, it’s normal to pull out your MacBook in a variety of settings. From typing a paper over lunch to answering emails on a public transportation system, it’s easy for dirt, grime, and crumbs to find their way into the keys and around the surface.

Too much dirt and grime buildup can cause damage to your laptop, and if you want to resell your computer someday, this can lower your laptop’s value. All of these reasons and more are why it’s smart to keep your MacBook clean with regular maintenance.

Tips for cleaning your MacBook

Now that you understand why it’s so important to keep your MacBook clean, you’re probably wondering how to actually clean it–especially without damaging it. Here are some tips.

What to do:

  • How to clean your MacBook screen. First, grab a lint-free cloth and lightly dampen it (either with water or with another substance approved for screens, such as Whoosh Screen Cleaner). Gently wipe any smudges and other marks off the screen. For any persistent marks, try a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution (but don’t use anything stronger than that).
  • How to clean the outside of your MacBook. Before cleaning, make sure your MacBook is both powered off and disconnected from any outlets. Although you’re not going to get your MacBook very wet, turning it off will keep it protected from getting fried in the event that you accidentally spill any extra water or other liquids as you’re cleaning. Next, grab a lint-free cloth and gently wipe the entire exterior of your MacBook. You can lightly dampen the cloth, but be sure to wring out any excess water and avoid letting any drops of liquid fall into the cracks, as this can damage your MacBook’s hardware.
  • How to clean your keyboard. Keyboards are one of the biggest dust and grime collectors on the entire MacBook. The best way to clean your keyboard is with a gel keyboard cleaner. These cleaners can mold and bend to reach into every crevice on your keyboard.

What not to do:

Now that you know what to do when cleaning your MacBook, remember to keep these tips in mind about what not to do.

  • Do not use any harsh chemicals. Avoid any abrasive liquids, aerosol sprays, or anything that contains hydrogen peroxide. Instead, try to stick to water. Abrasive chemicals can ruin the finish on your MacBook.
  • Avoid hard scrubbing. Be careful not to scrub too aggressively when cleaning your MacBook. Doing so can rub off the finish or leave permanent scratches.
  • Do not clean your MacBook when it’s plugged in. In the event that any moisture makes it into your laptop’s crevices, if your MacBook is powered on it can fry the internal hardware.

Keep your MacBook clean

Keeping your MacBook clean will have it looking brand new and help ensure it lasts as long as possible.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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