How to Properly Clean your Computer or Laptop Screen

Cleaning your computer or laptop screen regularly ensures you can actually see the screen clearly. There are several solutions out there in the market that you can quickly and cheaply purchase, however, you can save money by preparing your own cleaning solution as well. These tips and advice will help you do a good job and keep that screen crystal clear so you can see correctly without any distortions. To start off with, just power down your device, unplug your computer, or laptop. Coil up all the power cables so they won’t get in your way and hinder movement. Pick up your screen from below and its sides, avoiding the glass screen surface, and move the monitor to a comfortable position so you can clean it easily.

Power Down & Disconnect

Make sure to switch off the power on your computer to avoid the danger of electrocution. It will also permit you to see dust and grime more easily on the screen, making it easier to clear away. Furthermore, be sure to unplug the laptop or monitor before you start cleaning to be doubly sure.

Use a dry cloth to wipe off dust

As you are wiping the dust from the screen, use slow, gentle, circular motions and try not to apply excessive pressure to the screen. A lint-free, non-abrasive cloth is best to use as it reduces the risks of leaving abrasions or lines on the screen caused by finger pressure. There are several types of fabric you can use, and they are all non-abrasive. You can use a microfibre cloth, a cotton T-shirt or handkerchief, and even a sea or cotton towel will do. You should definitely avoid using paper and kitchen towels, dish towels and facial tissues.

Cleaning solution

You may need to apply a cleaning solution to the cloth to clean it properly. Never spray the cleaning solution directly onto the monitor surface, as tiny drops of water can drip out and lead to malfunction and even permanent damage. Instead, apply the solution to the cloth and make sure not to use too much. Excessive water on the screen can damage the device, so go easy on the cleaning solution.

Wipe off grime with a cloth

Work your way around the screen using small circular motions and avoid any direct pressure on the monitor screen. Be sure not to scrape or scratch at any smudges. You have to allow the cleaner to dissolve them first. If there are tough spots, repeat the process by applying another tiny amount of cleaning fluid on the cloth and repeat several times if necessary. Once you have finished, make sure to wipe off any excess moisture from the screen and corners.

Wait till the screen is dry

Make absolutely sure your monitor is completely dry before switching the power back on as it reduces the risk of moisture seeping into the mechanism thereby causing irreparable damage to the delicate internal components. Never use a hair dryer or other heating mechanisms to speed up the drying process, just let it dry naturally and don’t hurry.

Use distilled water

Tap water contains minerals that could damage your monitor screen, so it is absolutely essential to use distilled water, as it is pure and won’t damage your device. You can buy distilled water easily from many outlets such as groceries, supermarkets and petrol filling stations, and it doesn’t cost much.

Use a cleaning agent if necessary

The two most popular cleaning agents for homemade solutions are Isopropyl alcohol, and white vinegar, the two most popular and effective cleaning solitons you can use to clean a screen. They are both homemade so you may have to dilute them with a few drops of distilled water. Both are very effective at removing tough grime, however, avoid mixing the two as they tend to stick to one or the other, negating their effect. Never use cleaning agents that contain ammonia, as that can discolour your monitor. If you choose to use isopropyl alcohol, use a 50/50 mixture with distilled water, and if you decide to use vinegar, start with a 50/50 blend, and add more