How to Safely Clean Your Computer Screen
Cleaning your monitor or laptop screen is easy. You just want to make sure you do it safely. First and foremost, remember never to use window cleaner to clean your computer screen. Window cleaners can contain ammonia, which can damage and discolor your screen. It is also important to turn off and unplug your computer before you engage in any kind of computer cleaning. This step is especially imperative for computer screens because you can cause permanent damage by cleaning a screen that is in use.
One of the best ways 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. If you prefer to go simple and cheap with products you have at home, you can certainly do that too. Just 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. You will also need a microfiber cloth or a cloth made of another soft fabric that will not produce lint. This will help to ensure that you don’t scratch your screen or leave behind any messy debris. This means no tissues, toilet paper or even paper towels or washcloths, and larger cloths are better because they can help reduce streaks.
Now you’re ready to clean. First, gently wipe your computer screen in a small circular motion with your dry cloth. Then dab a small amount of your cleaner on your cloth. You never want to put any liquid directly on your computer screen. Continue to gently work your cloth in small circles. Don’t rub or scrape at smudges. Allow your cleaner to dissolve any smudges and repeat the process until the smudges are gone. I’m sure it goes without saying, but…never use a blow dryer or any other heating element to dry your computer screen. Simply wipe any excess moisture when you are through, let your screen dry by air and you should be good to go!