How can I clean & polish my MacBook Pro?

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I have a MacBook Pro and it looks kind of old, so I was wondering how can I clean & polish it?

Any advice?

I will appreciate any help!

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Always spray the cloth first, not the computer. Use an non-ammonia based window cleaner for the screen. Always unplug the machine and remove the battery. Any liquid entering the machine may short it out and destroy it so be very sparing with any cleaner. There are special cloths make for screen cleaning if you don't have a very old soft tee shirt scrap. I use q-tips to individually clean the keys. Removing the upper case is also a good idea. Use canned air to blow any debris out of the keyboard and interior of the machine and fans.

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I would start by using some paper towels with some general household spray cleaner like Mr Clean or Fantastic (spraying the towel not the system). Don't use this on your screen or trackpad. If you have ink or tape residue I would use orange oil to remove. for very tough dirt you may need to use a fresh pink pencil eraser which is still soft don't rub to hard as you will leave marks. Be careful with the screen & trackpad as they can be fogged or scratched with the wrong cloths & cleaners.

Once you have your system clean you can try polishing. The metal outer shell is aluminum so you could use a metal polish to buff it down. The plastic shell parts maybe to marked up to polish with a soft abrasive. You might think about replacing these parts depending on where they are.

The key caps can be replaced and the trackpad likewise can also be replaced (a bit of work though).

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