Dirt, dust, and fingerprint smudges won’t harm your display in the long run, but they may cause you to lose focus. Let’s be honest: your monitor is dirty, and it’s time to clean it.

You may believe that cleaning your display is simple, and you are correct. However, it’s a little more involved than just cleaning it with the corner of your t-shirt—or, worse, a paper towel.

How to Clean a Computer Screen

  • Unplug and turn off your gadget.
  • With a dry microfiber towel, remove any dust from the screen.
  • To clean non-porous surfaces like the screen, spray 70 percent isopropyl alcohol onto a cloth, or use a pre-moistened alcohol wipe or a Clorox Disinfecting Wipe; do not use bleach.
  • Wipe the glass surface and corners with a dry wipe or cloth, taking care not to allow any moisture wick from the wipe or cloth.
  • Allow for air drying of the screen.
  • If any remaining stains remain, rub them away using a microfiber cloth.

Important cleaning tips:

  • Before cleaning, make sure your computer and display are turned off.
  • Excess moisture should be avoided, especially while cleaning around plugs and ports.
  • Use lint-free microfiber cloths and avoid rough or abrasive materials.
  • Cleaner should never be sprayed directly onto your screen. Spray it onto a towel and wipe off the screen with it.
  • If you’re unsure about the sort of screen you have, see the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
  • It’s a good idea to wash off the surface of your keyboard and mouse at the same time as you clean your screen, because such surfaces harbor a lot of germs. When it comes to dust removal, using a dry microfiber cloth is always the safest option.

Additionally, avoid using paper towels, rags, old T-shirts, or any other common cleaning items in your house. Monitors are more fragile than they appear, and various textiles, including paper towels, are abrasive enough to harm your screen, especially if they have been used for other activities and have gathered grit. The safest option is to use a microfiber cloth, like the type you’d use to clean your glasses or vinyl records. Before swiping over your display, check sure it’s free of dirt and filth.

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Kenneth Holmes
Kenneth Holmes
Linda’s right hand, Kenneth has been working with Linda for years, helping in planning, managing, and editing projects.


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