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How to Clean your Apple Products

Updated June 23, 2020
Wozmarket


Improper cleaning can cause lasting damage. Here’s how to do it right.


Are you looking to sell your used devices but don’t know where to start? Well, first thing’s first — and that’s cleaning. Apple devices can pick up a great deal of dirt and grime throughout their lifetime, but when you want to sell them, nobody wants that. That’s where cleaning comes in. A proper cleaning can take years off an Apple product and may even help you get more money for your used devices. Here are some of our tips on cleaning your Apple devices.


Cleaning a Mac

Improper cleaning of a Mac can leave you with lasting damage — some that may even ruin your chances for resale. To help you avoid mistakes, we have compiled simple cleaning guidelines. Rest assured, your products will look as good as new — and be free of damage — when you’re done!


Cleaning your surfaces (keyboard, exterior)

  • Shut down your computer before you start.
  • Disconnect your computer from any power sources to avoid electrical shock or damage to your device’s components.
  • Grab a non-abrasive cloth, preferably microfiber.
  • Dampen your cloth using water or a cleanser. Be sure not to use abrasives, dissolving agents, or, according to Apple, any cleaner that contains hydrogen peroxide.
    • Use of a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe is also acceptable, according to Apple.
  • Gently wipe the surfaces of your Mac (excluding the screen), making sure you don’t get water or cleanser in any openings such as the speakers and charging ports.
  • Wipe only until your device is clean to avoid damage to finishes.

 

Cleaning your screen

The first way:

  • Shut down your computer before you start.
  • Disconnect your computer from any power sources to avoid electrical shock or damage to your device’s components.
  • Get a clean, non-abrasive cloth (like microfiber).
  • Dampen your cloth using only water.
  • Gently wipe the screen, making sure to wipe only until clean to avoid damage to the display and finishes.


The second way:

  • Shut down your computer before you start.
  • Disconnect your computer from any power sources.
  • Get a screen cleaner (without ammonia) or a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe.
  • If using an isopropyl alcohol wipe, skip this step. If using a screen cleaner, get a clean, non-abrasive cloth (like microfiber) and spray the cloth until damp. Do not spray on the screen.
  • Gently wipe the screen, making sure to wipe only until clean.


Tip: Do not use windex. It will corrode the finishes on your device and could ruin your screen.

 

Cleaning an iPhone/iPad

Many of us don't realize just how dirty our devices can get, especially handheld ones like our iPhones and iPads. When selling a device, it is important to remove dirt and grime that has built up over time; no customer enjoys receiving a dirty product! To learn how to properly clean your devices, follow our directions below. 

  • Shut down your device. 
  • Unplug all cables from your device. 
  • Dampen a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth with water, such as a lens or eyeglasses cloth or use a 70 percent isopropyl alcohol wipe. 
  • Gently wipe the surfaces of your iPhone, making sure to avoid getting moisture into any openings. 



Tip: Apple urges you not to use cleaning products or compressed air, as it can cause damage. Additionally, remember not to spray liquid directly on your device, as it could seep into openings. 


For “Deep” Cleaning

Avoid attempting deep cleaning on any of your devices; you’ll likely do more harm than good. If your device needs more than a surface wipe, you can take it to the Apple store. There, they are able to clean ports, such as your charging port, and sometimes, they’ll do it for free! 


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