Over time, dust, gunk, fingerprints and even a film can develop on your computer’s screen rendering it difficult to see through. Now, in many cases, the dirt and grit on our screens, whether they are LCD monitors (flat monitors) or CRT monitors (bulky, square-ish monitors), can actually be well-hidden. Sometimes you may not even notice that your screen is covered in filth unless you happen to brush up against it or otherwise disturb the perfect layer of “yuck”.
With that in mind – how do you go about cleaning a computer screen? It’s part of an electronic device, or more accurately – it is an electronic device in and of itself; you surely don’t want to spray glass-cleaner on it, right? You’re probably right.
Because the makeup of a computer monitor’s screen can vary significantly, it’s better to play it safe. Choosing the wrong type of cleaner or the wrong type of cleaning pad may irreversibly damage your computer screen – something that is not likely cheap to replace or fix.
- First of all, if your computer has a user manual that addresses how to clean your monitor, you should adhere to that advice explicitly.
- Otherwise, get your supplies ready. You’ll need an anti-static rag, soft cloth or even strips off from a 100% cotton garment. Whatever you decide to use – be sure that it is not abrasive. In addition to the wiping cloth, you will need some type of cleaning solution; products that are created specifically for computer monitors are recommended, though eyeglass cleaner may work as well.
- Be sure that your monitor is turned off and unplugged. If you’re cleaning a laptop screen, shut it off.
- Lightly apply your cleaning solution to your cleaning rag or cloth; do not saturate it nor should you spray liquids directly on the monitor.
- Wipe the monitor completely and then dry it with the dry end of the same cloth or use a separate cloth.
In addition to this – you can also clean the monitor’s cover with the cloth that you used to clean your screen or you can use a product that is suitable for cleaning plastic.
While to some, cleaning a computer screen is as easy as playing tic-tac-toe, you really need to be sure that when you’re cleaning your computer’s screen that you do not damage it or spill liquids into it. Of course, if you have your computer’s user manual – you should follow the instructions there. However, if that is not available to you – this short guide will help you to clean your computer monitor’s screen safely.