Whether you want to believe it or not, your MacBook Pro keyboard will likely get dirty. From the oils on your hands to the dust in the air, you'll need to spend some time every few weeks cleaning your MacBook. If you don't, you risk gunk and grime getting into sensitive parts of the hardware, which could cost you money to repair. The best MacBook is a clean MacBook. It doesn't matter how great our review of the MacBook Air with M2 chip makes the computer out to be if you let it get dirty and stop functioning correctly. If you want to avoid repairs and keep your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro looking clean and tidy, here are some essential tools for cleaning your MacBook.
Note: Before using any cleaning product on your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro, make sure you have powered down the laptop.
Wipe it down
Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning a ton of different surfaces around your house, and they can even help you with your Mac. If you lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and gently wipe your MacBook Pro keyboard, you should be able to remove a decent amount of grime from the keys. You can also eliminate smudges on the screen.
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Clean under your keys
Apple suggests you use a pretty simple product to remove dust and dirt from underneath the MacBook Pro keys if you find the keyboard to be unresponsive. The key to using compressed air on your MacBook Pro is holding the laptop at an angle. Spray the air in a zig-zagged pattern and that you don't spray the air too close. If you put the nozzle too close to the keys, you could get liquid into them. That's the opposite of helping.
Keep your keyboard clean
Instead of looking for products that can clean your keyboard, why not focusing on keeping it clean in the first place? This extremely thin, clear, and softcover fits right over your MacBook Pro's keyboard and is easily removable when you need to clean it. It even covers up the Touch Bar on the MacBook Pro. It also doesn't interfere with the sensitivity, so you can rest assured no grime is getting anywhere it shouldn't.
Apple has said that gently wiping down the exterior and the screen of your laptop with 70% pharmaceutical-grade ethyl alcohol wipes will not do any damage to your computer. You might need to use a couple of these sheets to thoroughly wipe down the exterior each time you clean, which is why getting 100 at once is a smart idea.
A few cleaning tips
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Cleaning supplies aren't the first thing you probably think about when considering MacBook accessories. And yet, having them available is very important. Cleaning your MacBook regularly helps prevent any annoying issues down the line and ensures you aren't spreading germs and bacteria as much as possible.
Apple recommends that the only cloth you use to clean your Mac laptops is lint-free, soft Microfiber cloth. They are the must-have cleaning tool in your arsenal. Make sure when you use them, you only get the fabric lightly damp and do your best to keep moisture away from any ports.
Of course, keeping your keyboard clean is of the utmost importance. The butterfly keyboards on Mac laptops have been known to have issues with crumbs getting underneath the switches. Compressed air is some of the best stuff to use to blow out unwanted dirt and dust from your keyboard keys. Apple has a handy guide to using compressed air on your Mac laptop. The key is to ensure you don't use the compressed air too close to the device.
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.