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cliffmax Level 1 (0 points)

the screen is glass --so why can't Windex (on a soft cloth with unit unplugged) be used to clean it?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • CaseyRaz Level 2 (230 points)

    You just don't want to get any behind it. You might be able to use a very small amount to barely wet the cloth and wipe it down but you do not want much moisture on it at all.

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,855 points)

    Don't even think about it. The screen is not just glass, it's treated and the Windex will leave a mess you won't be able to clear.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    I use Windex on my Macbook Pro screen all the time. No problems on my system.


    I do put it on a clothe and then clean the screen. But on an iMac you might be able to spray a small amount on the glass itself

  • varjak paw Level 10 (169,827 points)

    Apple says the following:


    Don’t use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the display.


    Such cleaners can damage the coating on the display. Normally a soft cloth dampened with water is sufficient. Do not spray directly onto the screen whatever you use. It's too easy for liquid to get inside the case and that will void your warranty.



  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,855 points)

    Someone I know used Windex--at least that's what I think he used--on a brand new mid-2011 iMac and it was a disaster. I have never used more than a moistened Qtip, applying in small sections, and the black micofiber cloth to clean and dry.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    I just cleaned my MBP screen with Windex. Looks Great.


    If Windex can damage whatever coating Apple puts on the screen then is it a very cheap coating.

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,855 points)

    Shootist007 wrote:


    I just cleaned my MBP screen with Windex. Looks Great.


    If Windex can damage whatever coating Apple puts on the screen then is it a very cheap coating.

    The MBP might use a different screen. And that remark is pointless and silly. I don't know if it's a cheap coating or not, but what difference does it make, if it's going to damage the screen? I would never dream of use Windex on my Leica camera lenses, and they are definitely not cheap coatings.

  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,378 points)

    I use a microfiber cloth lightly dampened with warm water to clean my iMac screen.

    Works great and no drips or streaks.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    I wouldn't use Windex on my Summilux-M 50 f/1.4 either or any of the other leica lenses I own. But the glass on a Mac computer certainly isn't from Leica or have the Leica coatings on it and certainly doesn't cost upwards of $4000.

  • WZZZ Level 6 (12,855 points)

    OK, you buy a new iMac and you use Windex on the screen. But until you do that, don't suggest that anyone else do it.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    No thanks, I'm done buying Apple products. Just like the coating on the iMac screen most of the parts aren't worth what Apple charges for them.

  • seventy one Level 6 (13,257 points)

    Apple supplied a small microfibre cloth with my iMac and I've only ever used that. 


    After 5 years, the screen is as good as day 1.

  • cliffmax Level 1 (0 points)

    A number of people responded to my question.  Yours was the most "operational" answer -- and I will abide by it.  If you look at the other answers you will see a whole spectrum of ideas  --  from "it's OK" to "you will be cast into the lowest pits of ****."  The range of opinions is amazing.  Don't answer, but I wonder what's behind Apple's recommendation.  Can't help but feel they want to sell us something -- anything -- just so they get more bucks.   

  • Mike Osborn Level 4 (1,205 points)

    I would suggest you take a look at nearly any computer or monitor manufacturer's web site and see if ANY of them recommend Windex for cleaning the display screen.  The fact is that nearly all of them use some sort of coating on them. The same is true for camera lenses...they have coatings too. (And I've NEVER seen Windex recommended for cleaning them).


    Yes...Apple's not perfect. But their recommendation not to use a window cleaner on their display screens is simply to protect you, the consumer, from damaging the screen. It's not about a money grab, as Apple doesn't even sell a screen cleaning solution.

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