Macbook Cleaning


There are two types of dirt: black dirt, which is attracted to white objects, and white dirt, which is attracted to black objects. The Macbook attracts both - white on the screen, black on everything else. Anyway, the obsessive-compulsive maniac in me has already invested in a horde of cleaners to keep the Macbook clean - I went as far as hiring Hello Kitty to do the keyboard cleaning. But the inevitable has happened - the Macbook is slightly dirty. In fact, if you tilt it at a certain angle against the light and position it a few inches from your face you would actually notice some buildup of dirt on a couple of keys. Oh, the horror.

Now I did some research and came up with a couple of ways to clean a white Macbook.

1. Run it under tap water for a few minutes. Then go get yourself a Macbook Air. Don't forget the Manila Mac. Or, you can place it in the dishwasher, and then buy an iMac instead. Feel free to improvise as you go along. This is obviously a joke and should you decide to actually follow it, I hope to God you have the budget for a new Mac.

2. Roll a strip of adhesive tape around your index finger, and run it lightly along the spaces between the keys. Now this is for real, and it helps in removing lint-like things that like to show up in those small crevices.

3. Staedtler eraser. This I haven't tried, but apparently it works well in removing smudges on your Mac. But I don't appreciate it generating white dirt in the process (which will either enter the keyboard crevices or invade the screen).

4. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Apparently, this is the best there is. The problem is, I can't get my hands on it. (Can anyone tell me where I can get this in the Philippines? Or better yet, can anyone get me a pack or two?) So I settled for some copycat from 3M. Basically it's a sponge with miraculous properties that are activated upon contact with water. So you wet the sponge, wring out the excess water, and wipe away. And it actually works! It even got rid of the dirt that accumulated on the edges of the keyboard cover that I have been trying to wipe off for years! Well, months, actually, because the Macbook is not even a year old. But you get the picture. Happy cleaning.

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