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5 simple steps to achieve crystal-clear computer screen

It's essential to avoid harmful cleaning products like glass cleaners, household cleaners, and aerosol sprays

By
Web Desk
An individual cleaning a laptop screen with a microfiber cloth. — HP
An individual cleaning a laptop screen with a microfiber cloth. — HP

Computer screens easily attract dust, fingerprints, and grime, making them unsightly and distracting which is why it's crucial to know the right steps to clean a monitor screen without damaging the hardware.

It's essential to avoid harmful cleaning products like glass cleaners, household cleaners, and aerosol sprays, among others when cleaning a computer or laptop screen.

Additionally, Isopropyl alcohol or alcohol wipes should never be used on light-emitting diode (LED) or liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens.

Remember to use a soft microfiber cloth when cleaning a monitor or laptop screen as it is gentle on screen surfaces.

Wipe away surface dust

To clean a laptop screen, turn off the device, unplug any power cables, and let it cool down. Use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe away any dust or dirt on the screen.

Another option is to use compressed air to remove dust and dirt without touching the screen, making it a safe and effective method for those concerned about scratches.

Use cleaning spray

To remove fingerprints, streaks, and smudges from your computer screen, use distilled water or a screen cleaner spray but make sure to check the manufacturer's directions for safety before attempting this step.

Apply the liquid to a microfiber cloth, wring out the excess, and use it to wipe the screen, with light pressure, ensuring to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Clean corners, edges

The screen's corners and edges can harbour dust, dirt, and debris. However, moisture from cleaning sprays or distilled water can damage the screen if it seeps through. To avoid this, use a dry microfiber cloth.

If you have compressed air, spray the screen to forcefully remove any dust or debris, as it is a better method for cleaning these areas.

Allow screen to air dry

After cleaning a screen, allow it to air dry for three to five minutes to prevent dust and dirt from transferring to the screen and protect it from damage.

Use this time to clean the keyboard, mouse, and other peripheral devices.

Remove residual streaks

In some cases, there may be residual streaks left behind after the screen has dried. These residual streaks on a screen can be removed using a dry microfiber cloth instead of distilled water or a screen cleaning solution.

You will observe a difference in visibility and clarity after cleaning this way.

You can keep the screen clean by using a dust cover when not in use, placing the monitor away from direct airflow or vents, and avoiding direct contact with the screen.

Turn away from the screen before sneezing and clean the screen about once a week for best results.