best way to clean an apple laptop ?

Isopropyl : water  50:50 - or does that strip a layer off the screen ?
feck1Asked:
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
If the manufacturer has recommendations for cleaning the screen, follow those.

Isopropyl alcohol is generally safe for electronic products but it should be tested with a small spot in a corner before going ahead.  

A mild solution of dish detergent is safer than isopropyl, as it will not eat into any kind of plastic and it will remove fingerprints and grease.

Always clean screens carefully and rinse the wash medium frequently.  When grit is present in dirt, it is equivalent to using sandpaper on the screen.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A mild solution of dish detergent is safer than isopropyl

Agree. I get a J-Cloth wet, and then add a drop of "green" dish detergent. The suds should be light.

I clean my screen, keyboard and iPhone screen with this at the end of a day. I then thoroughly rinse the cloth and go back and clean all surfaces again to remove the suds. Then I allow to dry.

I have been cleaning my ThinkPad screen (and keyboard) this way for two years and it looks great.
serialbandCommented:
Never spray the screen directly.  Spray your it on your lint free cloth so that you don't have liquid splatter.  Get the cloth damp, not wet, or you'll start dripping it on everything.  I only wipe my screen when someone else sticks their fingerprints on it.

Or just buy some antistatic cleaner and use that on your own reusable lint free cloth.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/3M-Antistatic-Electronic-Equipment-Cleaner-Oil-Wax-Free-10-oz.-Aerosol/14915450
http://www.amazon.com/Endust-Electronics-Anti-Static-Screen-Cleaner/dp/B0002KXVM2

You can always buy screen wipes too.
http://www.amazon.com/Zeiss-Screen-compatible-Kindle-models/dp/B00CP82E18
http://www.staples.com/Staples-Screen-Wipes-2-Pack/product_775489
http://www.amazon.com/3M-Notebook-Screen-Cleaning-CL630/dp/B0000AJI8M

A new Mac laptop should have come with a black lint free cloth inside the black square box with 2 Apple stickers and basic warranty manuals.  You can use that to clean the screen or your eyeglasses.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I clean my screen and keyboard every night after I turn off the machine. No issues after years of doing this.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@feck1  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
Michael-BestCommented:
Although the question is now closed, I will add my 2 cents.

Dust is abrasive, thus should never be wiped with a cloth wet or dry as it will leave tiny scratches, maybe not visible but still reducing the overall clarity of the screen.
Also never use a paper product such as a tissue,etc. as they deposit paper fibers.

First use a Dust Removing Brush.

One such product at amazon.com:
"Orion 5830 Ultra Brush Dust Remover"
Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Orion-5830-Ultra-Brush-Remover/dp/B0000XMU6O

Then you may wipe the screen with a microfiber eyeglasses grade cleaning cloth sparsely wet it with a 50/50 mix of plain white vinegar & Distilled water and wring it almost dry before wiping.
PC manufacturers no longer recommend using any cleaners with alcohol, ammonia or any strong solvents on LCD screens.

Further Reading:
http://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Laptop-Screen-with-Household-Products
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