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4 Dos & 3 Donts When Cleaning Your LCD Computer Screen

Dec 23, 2013

Cleaning your LCD computer screen is not quite as straightforward as cleaning a CRT computer screen. LCD screens are sensitive, and it is easier for them to become scratched or damaged. You can still clean your LCD computer screen, but you must be very careful.

4 Dos

1. Turn off the monitor

Turn off your LCD computer screen on your monitor prior to cleaning. This enables you to see the areas that need to be cleaned, such as smudges and fingerprints.

2. Use a microfiber cloth

It is important that you do not use any old cloth or paper product to clean your LCD screen. A microfiber cloth is less likely to scratch, or otherwise damage your screen.

3. Be gentle

When using the microfiber cloth to clean the screen, apply light pressure to remove dust, oil, and other unwanted marks. Avoid using extra pressure on resistant areas.

4. Use distilled or deionized water

If a dry microfiber cloth does not get the LCD screen totally clean, dampen the cloth with distilled or deionized water. If even that does not provide satisfactory results, you can combine equal amounts of white vinegar and distilled or deionized water, and use that solution for cleaning the LCD monitor. Alternatively, you can add a small amount of isopropyl alcohol to distilled water to help clean the LCD screen.

3 Donts

1. Don's Use paper towels

Paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, and newspaper can scratch your LCD monitor, so never use them for cleaning it. Rely on a microfiber cloth instead.

2. Don't Use glass cleaner or other chemicals

Never use cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. These chemicals can cause the screen to yellow, become brittle or even crack.

3. Don't Spray a cleaner onto the screen

If a cleaning solution is sprayed onto the LCD screen, it is likely to run down the screen and cause damage. Always apply any water or cleaner to the microfiber cloth, and use the dampened cloth to clean the monitor.

Cleaning your LCD computer screen takes just a few minutes. All you need is a microfiber cloth, perhaps some distilled or deionized water, a bit of vinegar and a gentle touch.