Welcome to a quick guide on what to clean a computer screen with. There are a ton of cleaning products in the market, but not many seem to have addressed the issue straight – Which ones should we use to clean the monitor with? Which ones are safe, and which are not?
It is safest to first use a duster or blower to remove the dust, then wipe the computer screen with a microfiber cloth. Solutions such as 90% isopropyl alcohol, glass cleaner, and soap are also generally safe in moderate amounts, so long as they don’t seep in and damage the internal electronics.
That covers the gist of it, but just which are the “unsafe” cleaning products? Read on for more!
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SAFE CLEANING PRODUCTS
All right, let us now get into the products that are safe for cleaning a computer screen.
The so-called safest fabric to wipe a computer monitor is a microfiber cloth. They pick dirt up well and are not rough-textured, they don’t have the tendency to leave scratches. Wet or disinfecting wipes are also fine, so long as they don’t leave the computer screen soaking wet.
When in doubt, look for the “specialized” screen wipes. They are either dry wipes or dry up very quickly to not cause any damage to the electronics.
If the screen is extremely dirty, the use of common “gentle” household cleaning solutions are also ok:
- Glass cleaners.
- A little bit of dish soap.
- General-purpose cleaners.
- Isopropyl alcohol is actually better, but get those 90% ones. They dry up quickly and are commonly used to remove grease on glass/plastics (good for disinfecting too).
- If you have to clean the electronic pins, use a contact cleaner.
The whole deal with using cleaning solutions is actually common sense – They are OK, but we don’t want to get wet electronics. Use them in moderate amounts, not dunk the entire monitor into a sea of cleaning solution.
Personally, I am leaning more towards blow than vacuum. So yes, techies actually use air duster cans and blowers very commonly. If not, the next safest bet is the “traditional” duster.
UNSAFE CLEANING PRODUCTS
With that, let us now get into the “no-no” cleaning products that are bad for computer screens.
ROUGH & REALLY WET WIPES
One does not simply wipe a screen with rough-textured fabrics such as burlap and canvas. If it is not Captain Obvious enough – They cause micro scratches. A lot of them. Soft tissues are actually kind of OK, but no, do not use kitchen towels. Also, avoid those “moisturizing wipes”, they leave the monitor soaking wet.
STRONG & CORROSIVE CHEMICALS
This is somewhat common sense again, avoid using strong cleaning agents… Unless things are really messed up, and you are willing to take a risk.
- Caustic soda.
- Stain remover.
- Other corrosive solutions, such as vinegar.
- Polishers, such as Cif.
- Steam cleaner.
- Power washer – You mad bro?
- Polishing machine… Unless you really know what you are doing, and trying to get rid of deep scratches.
- Vacuum cleaners. Yes, I am against using powerful vacuum cleaners on computer devices. Who knows what will be vacuumed out. Maybe just dust, maybe a couple of extra buttons, or maybe even a few small electronic components. If you have to vacuum, use a smaller car or desktop one.
USEFUL BITS & LINKS
That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
CLEANING SAFETY & PROCEDURE
There are probably a ton of “clean computer monitor” tutorials all over the Internet. I am not going to copy everything, so here’s a quick summary of the “proper way to clean a monitor:
- Switch off the power. Captain Obvious, don’t want to electrocute yourself.
- Start with removing the dust. Use a blower or duster.
- After most of the dust has been removed, wipe and use a cleaning solution where necessary. Avoid getting liquids into the nooks and crannies, wet monitors are no good.
- Lastly, it might be a good idea to let the monitor sit a while to dry out.
When in doubt, watch how the professionals do it. This is not a cleaning tutorial, but it is satisfying to watch how this guy repairs a trashed laptop, clean the screen, and restore it entirely:
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LINKS & REFERENCES
- The 6 Most Toxic Household Chemicals – PuroClean
- My Recommendations of Useful Cleaning Products – Red Dot Geek
- How to clean your computer monitor – Digital Trends
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.