How to Clean A Computer Screen

how to clean a computer screen


Remove Dirt and Protect Your Screen

Chances are that you spend a great deal of time each day looking at a computer screen, either at home or at work. Like other items in your home or office, your computer screen will inevitably get dirty over time. However, getting your computer screen clean is a bit of a delicate process. You need to use the right cleaners, tools, and methods to make sure you remove dirt and don’t damage your screen in the process.

Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to clean your computer screen.

Cleaning LCD Screens

Before you clean your computer screen (or any electronics at all, really), you should turn your computer off. Better yet, unplug it.

As a rule, never spray a cleaner directly onto your computer monitor. Instead, spray a small amount of commercial LCD cleaner on a dry cloth. Wipe the screen slowly and gently, moving in a circular motion and gently wipe away dirt. It is important to apply just the right amount of pressure here. If you are too forceful, you could damage the screen. If you don’t do it hard enough, you will miss the dirt and smudges.

If you weren’t successful in removing the dirt the first time around, wipe the screen again, following the same process.

Things Not to Use

Again, your computer screen is delicate. If you don’t clean it properly, the damage will be expensive to repair. You might even have to replace it. That’s why you shouldn’t use just anything lying around your desk to clean your screen.

Don’t use an abundance of liquid and don’t use aerosols or sprays. It is a common misconception that you can use window cleaner but don’t do it. That will cause damage.

Don’t try to remove stubborn dirt with your fingernail or other hard items, as you will very possibly scratch the screen. Also, don’t use a hard and coarse cloth.

Cleaning Your Monitor

Try using a simple lint-free cloth when cleaning your monitor. You can try paper towels, but a microfibre cloth is most effective. When you purchased your computer, a handy microfibre cloth may have been included.

If the dirt is more substantial, you will need something a little stronger. Try combining warm distilled water with a drop or two of dish soap in a bowl. Make sure that the mixture is heavily diluted with the distilled water. Take a dry cloth and wipe the dust off the computer screen. Dip another microfibre cloth in the dish soap mixture and gently wipe the screen. Be careful not to apply too much liquid.

Cleaning Solutions

You can use some household cleaners as a cleaning solution, but don’t use any cleaners that have acetone or alcohol in them. Those can result in removing the protective layer on your screen.

Rather than taking the chance, a better cleaning solution is to purchase cleaning wipes that are made specifically with a special cleaner that is safe and effective for your computer screen.

How to Clean Your Laptop

It is shocking how dirty your laptop can get, especially the keyboard (you can use these cleaning tips on your computer tower and keyboard as well). You can see some of the dirt, but there’s a lot of debris and germs that you can’t.

Use a cleaning wipe or combine equal parts white vinegar and distilled water and wipe down your laptop. It is easier for junk to get stuck in the crevices and spaces between the keys, so use a cotton swab to really get in there.

Using white vinegar is a good idea because it is a natural deodorizer. Over time, with the dirt and grime, along with the oils produced naturally from your hands, your keyboard may smell.

If you don’t have success with white vinegar, try using a diaper pail deodorizer. Seal your keyboard in a bag with the deodorizer and leave it for 24 hours (or longer if it is really stinky).

Another way to clean your keyboard is to use a can of compressed air. The force of the air will remove the dirt, and you can just wipe it down afterwards.

Did you know that these tricks also work to clean your TV monitor and other electronics like tablets and phones? You can keep the dust and debris off with regular cleaning.

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