Even the best computer monitors can get dirty or scuffed up just like any piece of technology. Modern displays are sensitive pieces of equipment, so we have assembled some tips on how to safely sanitize and clean your LCD, OLED, or LED screen.

How to Clean a Computer Monitor

Cleaning a computer monitor is on the simpler side, but there are still some definitive steps to take to ensure the overall longevity of the display.

Tips to Safely Sanitize Your Display

Here are a number of useful tips and things to avoid while cleaning and sanitizing your computer monitor.

Turn Off Your Monitor Before Cleaning

The very first thing to remember is to make sure your computer display is turned off before beginning the cleaning process. Cleaning the monitor while it is powered on could accidentally cause damage, including dead pixels. Additionally, cleaning the monitor while it is powered down makes it easier to complete the cleaning process, as you’ll have an easier time seeing dirt, grime, and dust.

Warning: Cleaning the monitor while it is powered on could accidentally cause damage, including dead pixels

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Use a Microfiber Cloth

Generally speaking, one should use a high-quality microfiber cloth to safely clean a computer monitor. These microfiber cloths are incredibly gentle and will not cause damage to the screen. We suggest taking the cloth and cleaning the surface of the monitor in smooth, long motions. This alone should be enough to get rid of any dust buildup. It may not, however, be enough to handle caked-in grime and dirt.

Tip: Generally speaking, one should use a high-quality microfiber cloth to safely clean a computer monitor

Avoid Harsh Cleaning Chemicals

Take great care to avoid harsh cleaning chemicals when it comes to making sure your computer monitor is thoroughly sanitized. You can use a gentle cleaning agent that is advertised for use with computer displays, but water should suffice in most instances. We do recommend using distilled or filtered water for this procedure, as tap water could contain minerals or other substances that could be harmful to the monitor. If the grime does not respond to water alone, add a bit of distilled white vinegar to the cleaning agent.

Warning: We do recommend using distilled or filtered water for this procedure, as tap water could contain minerals or other substances that could be harmful to the monitor

Tip: If the grime does not respond to water alone, add a bit of distilled white vinegar to the cleaning agent

Allow it to Dry

If you have used water to thoroughly clean the surface of the monitor, be sure to let it fully dry before powering it on. We would suggest at least an hour. If one does not wait long enough for a proper drying process to occur, the electrical components of the monitor could become damaged due to moisture.

Warning: If one does not wait long enough for a proper drying process to occur, the electrical components of the monitor could become damaged due to moisture

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STAT:

For 99% of your everyday dust and fingerprints, a damp microfiber cloth should adequately service most computer monitors.

If there is a touch stain (such as food) on the monitor, you can also try using a mixture of 50 percent distilled water and 50 percent white vinegar.

Sources:

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

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

https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-a-Computer-Monitor/LCD-Screen#:~:text=Wipe%20the%20screen%20with%20a,your%20way%20to%20the%20bottom.

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2gtSBMbWEw

*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9Gh3lF7KIE

How to Clean a Computer Monitor FAQ

Can I clean my monitor with the liquid I use to clean my glasses?

You can use this liquid to clean the frame of your display, but not the screen. These liquids often contain ammonia and other chemicals that can damage your monitor.

How do I remove a kerosene stain from a monitor screen?

We would recommend gently dabbing water mixed with distilled white vinegar onto a microfiber cloth.

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

You can absolutely use a bit of water to clean your laptop screen, but we would soap as many soaps contain harsh chemicals that can damage the internal components of a laptop.

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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