Whether you want to believe it or not your MacBook Pro keyboard is likely going to get dirty. From the oil your hands to the dust in the air, you'll need to spend some time every few weeks cleaning your keyboard. If you don't, you risk gunk and grime getting into sensitive parts of the hardware, which in turn, could cost you money to repair. If you want to avoid repairs and keep your MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro looking clean and tidy, here are some useful products that will help you out!
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 12-pack
- Cleaning slime: Cyber Clean
- Clean under your keys: Dust Off Compressed air (4-pack)
- Keep your keyboard clean: UPPERCASE Ghost Cover for MacBook Pro
- Disinfecting wipes: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol wipes (100 pack)
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.
This bright yellow slime is just as fun as it is useful. Cyber Clean makes getting dirt, dust, and grime from around your keys easy. It may seem kind of silly, but grab some slime and gently press it down in and around the keys on your keyboard and you'll be amazed at how much dirt and dust it picks up. Cyber Clean will even pick up small particulates that you may not have even noticed.
A pretty simple product that Apple suggests you use 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.
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% Isopropyl Alcohol wipes will not do any damage to your computer. You might need to use a couple of these small pads each time you clean, which is why getting 100 at once is a smart idea.
A few cleaning tips
For most people, just using a laptop out of the box isn't going to be the best experience. There are a lot of great Macbook Pro and MacBook Air accessories that you can consider to ensure you get the most out of your device. Something you might overlook, however, are cleaning supplies.
Apple recommends the only type of cloth you use to clean your Mac laptops is lint-free, soft Microfiber cloths. They really are the must-have cleaning tool in your arsenal. Make sure when you use them, you only get the cloth 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 real key is to make sure you don't use the compressed air too close to the device.
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