Safe And Easy Tips On How To Clean A Computer Screen

Whether it is a laptop, desktop, tablet or a net book, to keep your electronics free from dirt, scratches and fingerprints, you have to know how to clean a computer screen safely and effectively. It’s extremely important to use a gentle method to clean monitors and screens, as harsh cleaning methods or products can cause unsightly scratches or worse, damage the screen.

How to clean a computer screen: Opting for the right technique

Since most screens are made of plastic or glass, the wrong cleaning technique can cause unpleasant scratches. Therefore, using a gentle cleaning technique is just as important as using the right cleaning agents.

Always switch off the screen before you clean it. Not only will this prevent damage to the firing pixels, it will also help you see the dust and grime sticking to the screen more clearly. Irrespective of what cleaning solution you use – homemade or store bought, it is advisable to never spray the cleaning agent directly on to the screen as this can drip and get inside crevices, buttons and keyboards, making the gadget prone to electric shocks. Instead, spray the cleaning agent on to a clean, soft cloth and then proceed with the cleaning.

Start with the sturdy frame; this is where you will find the maximum number of greasy fingerprints and grime spots because of regular contact with your fingers. Since this is made of harder plastic, it’s alright to scrub a little harder to remove all grime. Clean not just the frame enveloping the screen, but also the back for best results.

Once the frame is clean, gently wipe the screen or monitor. Be careful to not rub vigorously and always clean with an anti-static microfiber cloth to prevent scratches and ensure you don’t leave behind lint residue. Wipe off visible dirt, grease and grime gently but never press hard on the screen. If you find some stubborn to clean spots on the screen, let the dampened cloth cover the spot for a few minutes to help dislodge the grime without the need for vigorous rubbing.

Once the screen is dirt free, it’s time to clean those hard-to-reach crevices along buttons on the screen and also where the screen meets the plastic frame. For this, you can either use the edge of the soft cloth or better still, use a soft cotton bud that easily access all nooks and crevices. Gently wipe off all dust and grime.

If the screen is very dirty and hasn’t been cleaned for a while, you might need to keep rinsing and re-using the soft cloth. Since tap water is not recommended for cleaning, make sure you rinse in clean drinking water or use multiple cloths to accomplish the goal. Once cleaned, use a fresh clean cloth to wipe the screen and all crevices, buttons and controls dry before turning on the screen.

How to clean a computer screen: Choosing the right products

Some commercially available cleaning solutions are far too harsh to clean your computer screen. Therefore, always use a product especially designed for computer screens because these never include ammonia or acetone as one of the ingredients, since both can cause discoloration.

If your screen has an anti-glare matte finish, choose a specifically formulated cleaning solution that is appropriate for wiping off your screen without causing any sort of damage. The easiest is to buy a cleaning kit which comes complete with a specially designed cleaning solution for computer screens, an antistatic micro cloth, and a brush to dislodge dust and particles hiding inside crevices and keyboards. If you are buying a cleaning product, make sure you check reviews and complete descriptions as some products are rather designed for 'polishing’ the screen instead of 'cleaning’ it.

If you prefer a homemade cleaning agent, always remember to never use any soapy product. You can make your own cleaner by mixing equal parts of distilled water with vinegar or isopropyl alcohol. As mentioned above, tap water should never be used to clean your computer screen as it contains many dissolved trace minerals that can damage the screen, leave behind residue or even cause a scratch. If you find that the 50/50 solution is not effective enough to remove all grime off the screen, add a little more vinegar or alcohol slowly until you reach a consistent that does the job.

To keep your computer screen clean, you can also use sanitized screen wipes or facial wipes. If you don’t have a micro cloth, use a fresh dish towel but make sure it is non-abrasive and large enough to clean the whole screen without leaving out streaks caused by pressure exerted by your fingers while cleaning.

So these are simple steps that teach you how to clean a computer screen safely, so that you don’t cause any undesirable scratches or other damage in the process. Clean your screen at least 1-2 times a week. It usually takes no more than 5 minutes of your time, but makes a huge difference to the functionality and maintenance of your priced gadgets.

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