How to clean a laptop screen or computer monitor

Your laptop screen or computer monitor is the window to your digital world, and keeping it clean is essential for a clear and enjoyable viewing experience.

Cleaning these delicate screens requires special care to avoid causing damage. Thankfully, it’s pretty easy, but requires a slightly softer touch than cleaning a TV screen.

Follow these simple steps to safely clean your laptop screen or computer screen without risking any damage to the sensitive pixels that make up your screen.

For a basic clean, you can get away with using just a microfibre cloth and some distilled water. If you want to give your screen a deep clean, you can also invest in a bottle of isopropyl alcohol and a can of compressed air.

Power off and disconnect

Before starting, ensure that your computer monitor or laptop is powered off and unplugged. This eliminates the risk of electric shock and allows you to see dirt and smudges more clearly.

Gently Remove Dust

Use a can of compressed air to blow away any loose dust and debris from the screen’s surface, keyboard, and surrounding areas. This step prevents scratching during the cleaning process.

If you don’t have compressed air, lightly clear any dust away from the screen with a dry microfibre cloth.

Prepare cleaning solution

If your screen only has light smudges and fingerprints, distilled water will usually suffice as a cleaning agent. For more stubborn stains, you can mix a solution of equal parts distilled water and isopropyl alcohol. Pour this solution into a spray bottle for easy application.

Dampen your microfibre cloth

After clearing the dust from your microfibre cloth, lightly dampen it with the cleaning solution. Be sure to wring out any excess liquid to prevent dripping.

Gently wipe the screen down

With the dampened microfiber cloth, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion. Start from the top and work your way down. Avoid using excessive pressure, as pressing too hard can damage the delicate screen layers or pixel structure.

If you encounter stubborn spots, do not scrub vigorously. Instead, apply slightly more pressure with your microfibre cloth and continue using gentle circular motions until the stain is gone.

Avoid direct contact with edges and ports

Be careful not to let the cleaning solution seep into the edges or ports of your device, as moisture can cause internal damage. Keep your focus on the screen itself.

Let it dry

Allow your screen to air dry for a few minutes before powering on your computer or laptop. This gives it time to ensure any residual moisture evaporates completely.

Maintaining the cleanliness of your laptop screen or computer monitor is crucial for optimal viewing quality and longevity.

By following these simple steps and using gentle cleaning methods, you can keep your screen free from dirt, smudges, and scratches. Remember, a little care goes a long way in preserving your device’s performance and visual appeal.

When was the last time you cleaned your computer’s screen? What do you use to clean it? Let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: What should you do with your old phones and tablets?

Brad Lockyer
Brad Lockyer
Brad has deep knowledge of retirement income, including Age Pension and other government entitlements, as well as health, money and lifestyle issues facing older Australians. Keen interests in current affairs, politics, sport and entertainment. Digital media professional with more than 10 years experience in the industry.
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