Keeping the computer clean is a must. Over time, your computer (especially the monitor) collects dust and debris. Not to mention the spread of bacteria caused by sneezing and coughing.
Although fingerprints are bad enough, eye fatigue caused by messy monitors is even worse. Compared to simply wiping with Clorox wipes, cleaning the monitor involves more work, and certain products should not be used. In this article, we will discuss the correct way to clean a computer monitor.
Although you might want to buy a bottle of Windex or other regular cleaning products, don’t! Harsh chemicals may be good for windows or countertops, but they can cause severe damage to computer monitors and wear out coatings.
There are many cleaning fluids specifically for computer monitors on the market. Although these products are indeed effective, if you don’t want to spend money, you don’t need to spend money; distilled water should be used for most monitor cleaning, and you can mix in some white vinegar to remove stubborn dirt.
Besides, avoid using paper towels, rags, old T-shirts, or any common materials used to wipe the surface of the house. Monitors are much more delicate than they look, and these fabrics-even paper towels-have enough abrasion resistance to scratch your screen, especially if you use them for other work that may accumulate grit.
Microfiber cloth is the safest choice, you can use it to clean glasses or vinyl records, and make sure that it is free of dirt or grime before wiping the display.
(1) Turn off Your Monitor
First, it is easier to see smudges and things on a black screen, so turning off the display makes it easier to see what you are doing. It is also safer for you and your computer.
Cleaning the display when it is turned on and the pixels are fully lit may damage the screen or may cause unpleasant shocks. Please turn it off!
(2) Wipe Your Monitor with a cloth
If only dust is the only cause of distortion of the screen, then a quick wipe is enough to clean it. Take a microfiber cloth and wipe the screen for a long time.
We cannot overemphasize that you should be gentle. Pressing hard on the screen may damage the pixels in it.
If the nasty dirt is harder than the dust-maybe some dry mucus was produced when you sneeze suddenly, or the mysterious black skin was created by who knew it-then you should use a cleanser.
You can use a mild cleaner designed specifically for displays, but as mentioned before, water should be sufficient. It is best to use filtered or distilled water, because tap water may contain minerals or other substances, which may damage the screen or leave annoying streaks.
If the dirt becomes hard, add distilled white vinegar to the water. Please be careful not to spill it on the laptop.
No matter what kind of liquid is used, do not spray it directly on the monitor, as it may drip to the edge of the screen. If this happens, it may seep into the display and damage its electronic components.
Spray or wipe the liquid on the cloth, wring out the excess liquid, and then gently wipe the monitor with a large stroke.
(3) Let it Dry
Dry the monitor lightly with a microfiber cloth, or let nature do the work for you. To avoid moisture or electrical damage, make sure the screen is completely dry before turning on the computer again.