How to Clean a Computer Screen

How to Clean a Computer Screen

You might have used your PC for a long time without taking care of it. You may leave its screen covered with a thick layer of dust that needs cleaning immediately. This article shows you how to clean your computer screen to have the perfect stream of daylight.

There are many different types of screens, so you need to consider which cleaning option is suitable for your screen most. If you do not follow the instructions, ingredient cleaning agents could destroy your screen. 

Some critical safety cleaning tips

  • Turn off your rig before cleaning the screen. We all know that electronic devices are easily damaged by water, so this is just safe practice. Moreover, any static on the screen when the liquid is involved can shock and destroy internal components.

  • Do not use abrasive cleaning solutions. These chemicals can ruin the finish of your screen. Avoid any products containing bleach and hydrogen peroxide.

  • Avoid using hard water since it can damage your screen or leave more dirty streaks. Use filtered or distilled water instead.

  • Use soft microfiber cloths to clean. Even fabrics that you think are soft like shirts, t-shirts, towels can scratch your screen. If you have Apple Pro Display XDR hoặc iMac, you must use a special polishing cloth.

  • Do not spray cleaning solution directly onto the screen; mist it onto the microfiber cloth instead.

  • Do not wipe in circles as it creates uneven pressure and leaves streaks on your screen. It will be better if you wipe in Z shapes or from side to side.

  • Do not scrub hard because it can lead to damage of internal components and dead pixels.

  • Be careful when cleaning around plugs and ports. Avoid excess moisture around these positions. 

  • If the manufacturers have cleaning instructions, follow them to get the best result.

How to clean a computer screen

Not all the screens are the same, so you can’t apply a method to clean them. There are two types of displays:

  • Glass-coated screens: You often see this kind of screen on iMac and MacBooks. You can use mild cleaning solutions on these glass displays.

  • LCD or LED screens: Windows screens, touchscreens, and matte displays are usually not coated in glass. You will need to be careful with this type of screen while cleaning. 

Cleaning non-LCD (glass-coated) screens

  • Turn off the computer and unplug it.

  • Wipe the displays with a soft dry cloth. Use 70% isopropyl alcohol, pre-moistened alcohol wipe, or Clorox disinfecting wipe for fingerprints and smudges.

  • Keep in mind that you should not spray cleaning solution directly onto the screen. Do not use bleach. 

  • Wipe corners carefully and make sure that there’s not too much liquid left on the screen.

  • Wait for the display to dry. Recheck it. If any residual streaks remain, repeat these steps above to remove them. 

Cleaning LCD or LED screens

  • Turn off the computer and unplug it.

  • Wipe the displays with a soft dry cloth

  • Mist a cleaning spray onto the soft microfiber cloth, then wipe the surface of the screen carefully. Don’t let the liquid collect on the edges of the screen. The simple DIY solution is 1:1 part white vinegar and distilled water.

  • Wait for the display to dry. Recheck it. If any residual streaks remain, use a dry microfiber cloth to clean them.

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