After months of using your laptop or PC, one day you realize that you have cleaned your monitor’s screen since the day you bought it. You think about how you have been using your monitor ever since and begin to inspect your monitor for any visible dust particles or fingerprints. How to clean a monitor screen?

Voila, you come to find that your monitor screen is filthy and needs to be cleaned asap. It not only keeps them looking clean but also shows how much care you take of your personal belongings which also indicates your personality in general, whether you’re a mess of a person or someone who is organized and hygienic.

Why Should You Clean Your Monitor Screen?

Cleaning your tech components such as your monitor screen or any other device that you use every day every once in a while is necessary.

Now you may ask why should you put in the effort to take care of the things you use every day and keep them tidy? Well, the answer is really simple, you should clean your monitor to avoid being distracted by those smudges when scrolling the internet or playing a game, or even watching a movie.

Not only this but also to clean your monitor of any bacteria that have accumulated on it over time that have come with any dust particles.

Information You Should Know Before Cleaning Your Monitor Screen

The reason why we feel the need to let you know certain information about cleaning your monitor beforehand is because not all monitor screens are made the same. Some monitor screens are more prone to being damaged while cleaning than others.

This is because of the materials and the technology used while manufacturing. Certain manufacturers use different materials and implement their monitor screens with different technologies than other manufacturers.

This is done so that the end product is better than their competitors and also so that they could provide their users with a better viewing experience. This is not only good for the users because they would be getting a better product but is also good for the manufacturer as they would gain a loyal customers.

How To Clean A Monitor Screen

There are two types of display categories that are currently available on the market. Nevertheless, you would want to be careful with either of them. It is better to stay on the safe side rather than end up paying money for repair costs that could have been easily avoided.

You should take this task slow and gently. The following are the two display categories;

GLass Coated Screens – These types of screens are used in MacBook devices. These are less delicate and hence easy to clean with mild cleaning solutions. This is because glass is better at tolerating chemicals than other surfaces.

LCD Or LED Screens – These types of screens are commonly used in Windows devices. These have matte surfaces in order to resist glare. LCD or LED coating can be damaged by using cleaning solutions as they are harsh on the screen surface.

Let’s get to business now, the following is how you should clean your monitor screen;

1- Firstly, it is highly recommended that you turn off your device and unplug it from the power source.

2- Now, take a microfiber cloth and gently wipe the screen surface to remove any free dust particles situated on the screen.

3- To clean glass-coated screens of any spots or smudges, you should spray or dab 70% isopropyl alcohol onto the dust-free side of the microfiber cloth. If you spray isopropyl alcohol on the dusty side of the cloth, you would only be smudging your screen even more with the dust particle that you had just cleared.

4- To clean LCD or LED screens of any sports or smudges, you can either use and spray an LCD cleaning solution onto the dust-free side of the microfiber cloth or you can also make a DIY version of the cleaning solution at home. Simply, all you have to do is mix 1:1 parts of white vinegar and distilled water together.

5- After this, wipe the screen surface but be careful as to not let any excess cleaning residue drip onto the screen surface.

6- Allow the screen to air dry.

7- Once dry, if there are any residual streaks left on the screen, gently wipe them away with a microfiber cloth.

Tips You Should Keep In Mind When Cleaning Your Monitor Screen

You should definitely keep the following tips in mind when cleaning your monitor screen;

1- It is highly recommended that you turn off your device before cleaning, this is because due to the cleaning gestures, any static on the screen can result in creating a shock and can end up damaging the internal hardware components. You should also wait for the screen to cool off once you have unplugged it.

2- Do not use household cleaning accessories. This is because even a cotton cloth can have abrasiveness to it at a microscopic level. Hence it is recommended that you use a microfiber cloth as it is extremely soft and is designed in such a way to attract dust and absorb any oily fluid.

3- Do not use hard water as it may contain minerals that can damage the surface of the screen. Instead, use filtered or distilled water as they are much safe.

4- Never use abrasive solutions like bleach or all-purpose surface/spray cleaners as they can ruin the delicate protection coating on the surface of the screen.

5- Never spray cleaning solutions directly on the screen as they can seep inside into the internal components and cause massive damage to the internal hardware.

6- Gently wipe the screen, avoid applying unnecessary pressure and hard scrubbing can damage the internal hardware resulting in discolored spots or even dead pixels on the screen. You should also refrain from wiping in circular motions, instead, you should wipe the screen in broad strokes from side to side.

7- Before turning your screen back on, you should wait for any fluid on the screen to dry off. This would protect the internal components from any short circuit.

Mehtab Ayyub

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