How to Clean Computer Screen

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Introduction

We’ve all lived that moment when our computer monitor is met with the perfect stream of daylight, and the thought crosses your mind as you squint to see through the scattered fingerprints and dust: “Whoa, when was the last time I cleaned this thing?”
Let’s get your screen clean, pronto.
How To Clean Computer Screen
How To Clean Computer Screen
           
There are a few different types of screens, and your cleaning options vary between the surfaces. It’s critical to know how to clean your specific screen because, if you do it wrong, the active ingredients in the cleaning agents could affect the display of sensitive crystals or cause permanent damage in the form of streaks and scratches.

Important cleaning tips:

1.Always turn off your computer and monitor before cleaning.
2.Avoid excess moisture, especially if you’re cleaning around plugs and ports.
3.Use soft, lint-free microfiber cloths and nothing rough or abrasive.
4.Never spray cleaner directly onto your screen. Mist it onto a cloth, and use the cloth to wipe down the screen.
5.Be aware of the type of screen you have, and refer to manufacturer guidelines for cleaning if there’s any doubt.
6.It doesn’t hurt to wipe down the surface of your keys and your mouse at the same time you’re cleaning your screen, since many germs are housed on those surfaces. Using a dry microfiber cloth is always safest when it comes to removing dust.
Cleaning Tips
Cleaning Tips

Mac Screens vs. PC Screens

Are there different considerations for cleaning a Mac screen versus a PC screen? In short, yes. We know that there are hundreds of different computer and monitor models to consider, but in general, screens are either backlit LED made with LCD (liquid-crystal display) pixels, or a non-LCD glass-coated surface. And just to note, some of the newer matte glass screens are nano-texture glass, which require a special polishing cloth from the manufacturer and should be cleaned with nothing else.
LCD screens are more susceptible to damage by cleaning agents, but because they’re commonly used on PC laptops and standalone computer monitors, there are lots of easy-to-use products available to clean them. It’s not that they’re hard to clean, but you’ll have to be careful and diligent so you don’t damage the surface or any of the LED elements. Any cleaners that include ammonia will leave a film. Soap and water can cause damage. It’s always safest and most effective to use an LCD cleaner free of alcohol, ammonia and acetone to clean an LCD screen, but if you need a DIY fix, you’ll be successful if you use a microfiber cloth that’s sprayed lightly with a mix of vinegar and distilled water.
Most Mac computer screens are glass-coated and can be cleaned and resolved streak-free more easily than LCD products using glass cleaners, like Windex, or a cloth lightly sprayed with rubbing alcohol. Nano-texture glass screens on products like the Apple Pro Display XDR or iMac require use of the special polishing cloth sold by Apple.

How to Clean a Non-LCD (Glass-Coated) Computer Screen

1.Turn off your device and unplug it.
2.Start by removing any dust from the screen with a dry microfiber cloth.
3.For fingerprints and smudges, spray 70% isopropyl alcohol onto a cloth, or use a pre-moistened alcohol wipe or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe, to clean non-porous surfaces like the screen; do not use bleach.
4.Wipe the glass surface and corners, being careful not to let any excess moisture wick from the wipe or cloth.
5.Allow the screen to air dry.
6.If any residual streaks remain, use a microfiber cloth to buff them away.

How to Clean an LCD or LED Computer Screen

1.Turn off your device and unplug it.
2.Remove dust with a dry microfiber cloth.
3.To clean spots and streaks on the surface of the screen, mist an LCD cleaning spray onto a dust-free side of your microfiber cloth; an easy DIY solution is 1:1 parts of white vinegar and distilled water.
4.Wipe the surface thoroughly but avoid saturation into the edges of the screen.
5.Allow the screen to air dry.
6.If any residual streaks remain, a dry edge of the microfiber cloth will also help to buff them away.
Computer Screen
Computer Screen
        

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FAQs

1.What should you clean your monitor with?
You should clean your monitor with a clean microfiber cloth, distilled water, and an appropriate solution recommended by your device’s manufacturer. You can also use alcohol wipes for more stubborn marks and stains, but be sure to use a light touch when cleaning.
2.How do you clean a monitor without damaging it?
To avoid damaging your hardware, turn off your computer before cleaning your screen or other components. Then, use a microfiber cloth to dust the screen, making sure to avoid putting pressure on the screen while cleaning. If some marks still remain, you’ll need to select an appropriate cleaning fluid.
For non-LCD screen systems, you can use a mild cleaning agent such as white vinegar or diluted alcohol with distilled water. For an LCD screen, a 1:1 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water is recommended to avoid chemical damage. Apply a small amount of cleaning agent to the microfiber cloth and wipe the screen very gently. Allow the screen to dry before resuming use.
3.Can you use Windex on a computer screen?
Windex can be used to clean a computer screen, but only if it’s a non-LCD display with a glass coating, and the device manufacturer recommends it. However, make sure to use only a small amount of the Windex fluid, and don’t spray it directly on the screen to avoid causing any damage to your device.
4.What can I clean my Mac screen with?
You can clean up your Mac with a clean microfiber cloth and distilled water. Alcohol-based cleaning products and Clorox can be used for some, but not all, screens — check Apple’s manufacturer recommendations to find out the best cleaning agent for your specific model.
You should never use products containing acetone, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide to clean your Mac. And just like with other computers, use only a little liquid and a light touch when cleaning your iMac or MacBook’s screen.
5.Is it okay to use water to clean my computer screen?
The best way to clean your computer screen is to use a small quantity of distilled water applied with a clean, lint-free cloth. But never put water or any liquid directly on the screen, or else excess liquid may drip inside the device and cause irreparable damage.
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