The DOs And DON’Ts Of Cleaning a Computer Screen

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cleaning-monitorDo you have marks, fingerprints or built-up debris on your computer screen that makes it difficult to get a clear viewing picture? If so, this is a clear sign that you need to clean your computer screen. Before you reach for your cleaning supplies, you first need to learn the do's and don'ts of cleaning a computer screen. Computer and laptop screens require special care or they can be damaged. Here is a look at some things not to do, and tips for properly cleaning your screen.

Things You Should Do

Now that you know what not to do when cleaning a computer screen, you are ready to learn the proper way to clean your screen. It only takes a few steps, which are listed below.

  • Turn Computer Off. The first thing you need to do is turn your computer and/or screen off. This will make it easier for you to see you screen and ensure that you get all of the marks off.
  • Use a Soft Cloth. Since you cannot use paper towel, and like products, on your computer screen, you are probably wondering what material is safe to use. Most experts suggest using a soft, microfiber towel to wipe the screen. These special towels are able to remove dirt, grime and dust without damaging your screen. In fact, unlike paper towels that just push the debris around, the specialized microfiber material actually picks the debris up and does not leave any lint behind. These towels are also non-abrasive and hypoallergenic.
  • Water or Special Cleaner if Necessary. If you have marks or fingerprints on your screen that cannot be wiped off with your towel, you can make your towel slightly damp and then try cleaning the screen. You can simply use distilled water to make your towel moist, or they sell special computer screen cleaners on the market that are safe to use, as well. Just keep in mind that too much water can damage your screen, so be sure to only make the cloth slightly damp.

Things Not To Do

  • No Harsh Cleaners. While your first response may be to grab the glass cleaner or multi-purpose cleaner to wipe off your computer screen, this can actually cause severe damage to your screen. Technology experts warn experts against using any products that contain alcohol or acetone. It is believed that these types of cleaning solutions would be harsh enough to remove the protective coating on your screen. In the past, some experts recommended using ammonia or vinegar-based products, but now most suggested staying clear of these cleaners too, because it may turn you screen yellow or distort the picture.
  • No Abrasive Materials. Your next reaction may also be to grab the paper towels to wipe the screen off. Not only will paper towels leave lint particles behind on your screen, but they can also damage the screen. They have tiny particles that can actually scratch the computer screen and cause permanent damage. For the same reason, you can also not use newspapers, tissues, bath towels or napkins. In addition, no sponges or scouring pad can be used on the screen.
  • Do Not Spray Screen Directly. If you choose to use a safe cleaner for your screen, you must not spray the cleaner directly on the screen. Too much moisture on the screen itself can cause severe damage.
  • Do Not Push Down on Screen. When cleaning the screen, be sure not to push down too hard, especially if you have a LCD screen. These screens are very delicate and any extra pressure can cause permanent damage.

Now that you know the dos and don'ts for cleaning your computer screen, you should have no problem keeping your screen clean and free from debris and marks. The most important thing to remember is no hard chemicals and to use a soft microfiber towel on your computer screen. This will keep your screen looking great and free from unnecessary damage.

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