Key Takeaways:

  • You should purchase a microfiber cloth and a cleaning spray that has been purposely designed for computer monitors.
  • Power down the monitor before attempting the cleaning process, making sure it is not plugged in.
  • Apply cleaning agent to the cloth and start in the center of the display, working outwards in a circular motion.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 5 minutes

Total Steps: 4

Tools Needed: Microfiber cloth and approved cleaning agent

It is important to keep your best computer monitors and related displays clean and smudge-free, though many consumers may be wondering exactly how to do this without causing unsightly streaks.

Cleaning LCD Screens

Cleaning LCD screens, or any type of display, is a rather simple process that requires only a couple of tools and a few minutes of your time. In other words, it is a worthy undertaking to pursue.

How to Clean a Monitor Without Streaks

Cleaning a computer monitor or a display of any kind without leaving streaks will require a bit of preparation. Follow the steps below to successfully complete the cleaning task.

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Step 1 – Gather Your Tools

The most difficult part of the cleaning process is acquiring and laying out the necessary tools. We strongly recommend that you invest in a number of microfiber cloths, which are purpose-built for cleaning computer monitors and other sensitive pieces of equipment. You should avoid paper towels, dirty shirts, and other course types of fabric, as they could damage the monitor. Next, you may want to buy a cleaning agent that has been approved for use on computer monitors. There are a number of cleaning sprays available that are primarily intended for use on displays.

Tip: We strongly recommend that you invest in a number of microfiber cloths, which are purpose-built for cleaning computer monitors and other sensitive pieces of equipment

Warning: We strongly recommend that you invest in a number of microfiber cloths, which are purpose-built for cleaning computer monitors and other sensitive pieces of equipment.

Step 2 – Power Down the Monitor

Whenever you clean a piece of electrical equipment, you should always power it down first. Make sure your computer is turned off and not plugged into an outlet before you begin the cleaning process.

Tip:  Whenever you clean a piece of electrical equipment, you should always power it down first

Step 3 – Clean the Monitor

If you are using a cleaning spray or liquid of any kind, be sure to gently apply it to the microfiber cloth. Take care to leave one side of the microfiber cloth dry. Then, approach the monitor and start at the center. Clean the monitor using circular motions as you work your way out to the edges of the display. Be careful around the edges and make sure that no liquids come in contact with these corners, as that can damage the internal components. Repeat this process until the monitor has been cleaned.

Warning: Be careful around the edges and make sure that no liquids come in contact with these corners, as that can damage the internal components

Step 4 – Dry the Monitor

Once the monitor is cleaned, use the dry opposite side of the microfiber cloth to gently wipe the display until any liquid has been absorbed. Then you should wait for around a half-hour or so until the monitor is fully dry.

Tip: Once the monitor is cleaned, use the dry opposite side of the microfiber cloth to gently wipe the display until any liquid has been absorbed

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STAT:

Avoid corrosive substances when cleaning a monitor. That means no alcohol or ammonia-based cleaners (like diluted rubbing alcohol or Windex). These cleaners can damage your screen by stripping anti-reflective coatings, cause clouding, or worse. (Source)

Resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_monitor

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display_device

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Display

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microfiber

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid-crystal_display

How to Clean a Monitor Without Streaks FAQ

Should I resort to alcohol?

We would advise against using alcohol or any cleaning agent that includes alcohol, as this can cause internal damage to the monitor.

What cleaning product can I use to clean my computer screen?

Check the instructions included with the monitor itself, as the type of cleaning product will vary depending on the components that make up your display.

Can I use water and soap to clean my computer screen?

In some cases. It depends on what the exterior of your display is made out of. Be sure to read the instructions.

Lawrence Bonk

Lawrence Bonk is a copywriter with a decade of experience in the tech space, with columns appearing in Engadget, Huffington Post and CBS, among others. He has a cat named Cinnamon.

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