Cleaning Your Monitor or Laptop Screen

The most important thing to remember when you are cleaning your monitor or laptop screen is that you
cannot use window cleaner to clean your screen. Window cleaners can contain ammonia, which can
damage and discolor your screen. You also should turn off and unplug your computer before you engage
in cleaning it because you can actually cause permanent damage by cleaning a screen that is in use.

A great way to safely clean your computer screen is with screen cleaning wipes that you can purchase at
any office supply source or online through places such as Amazon. You can also purchase cleaners that
you dab on a dry cloth. Microfiber cloth, a cotton t-shirt or cotton hanky will do the trick because they
are made of soft fabric which will not produce lint. This will help ensure that you don’t scratch your
screen or produce debris that is left behind. Avoid items such as tissues, washcloths, paper towels and
toilet paper; and the larger the cloth the better. Large cloths can reduce the risk of leaving streaks

To clean, first gently wipe your screen in a circular motion with your dry cloth. Then dab a small amount
of your cleaner on your cloth – never directly on your screen. Work your cloth in small circles. Do not
rub and do not scrape at smudges. Allow the cleaner to dissolve any smudges and repeat the process
until the smudges are gone. Wipe excess moisture when you are through and let your screen dry by air.
Never use a blow dryer or any other heating element.

There are various types of cleaners. Read product information thoroughly before purchasing though,
because some cleaners work more like polishers than cleaners. Also, for a home remedy, you can create
a 50/50 mix of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol. Don’t use tap water instead of distilled water
because tap water contains harmful minerals. Some swear by vinegar instead of alcohol, but the smell is
a little iffy, so you decide!