Key Takeaways: 

  • Touch screen monitors should not come into contact with liquids, including water, and water-based cleaning products.
  • We recommend using a microfiber cloth for the cleaning process, as the fabrics are gentle and will not harm the display.
  • As for the cleaning process, start in the center and use a circular motion to work your way out.

If you regularly use a touch screen monitor or other high-quality computer monitor, you may be wondering how to properly clean the display and whether or not water, paper towels, and other common cleaning agents are appropriate for use.

How to Clean a Touch Screen Monitor

Touch screens can get dirty fast, as our fingers regularly come into contact with grime, dirt, and germs. There are a number of ways to safely clean a touch screen computer monitor, with these steps being not dissimilar to cleaning a standard computer screen.

Guidelines to Safely Clean a Touchscreen

Here are a number of tips and guidelines to help you safely clean any touch screen devices, including touch screen monitors.

Avoid Liquids

One of the primary guidelines for safely cleaning a touch screen monitor is to avoid liquids. In other words, do not use water, soap, isopropyl alcohol, liquid sprays, or any liquid-based cleaning agent when it comes to sensitive electronics. The excess liquid could get away from you and seep into the internal components, causing long-term damage to the touch screen device. There are, however, some purpose-built liquid cleaning agents made for touch screen phones and the like. They can be on the expensive side and still come with some risk.

Tip: One of the primary guidelines for safely cleaning a touch screen monitor is to avoid liquids

Warning: They can be on the expensive side and still come with some risk

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Use a Gentle Microfiber Cloth

The easiest way to begin the touch screen monitor cleaning process is to purchase a gentle microfiber cloth. These microfiber cloths are the perfect choice for cleaning electronic devices, as the gentle fibers present will not damage the screen as you clean it. The same cannot be said for paper towels, dish rags, and traditional towels. Each of the above items should be avoided in favor of a microfiber cloth when it comes to a touch screen monitor. In other words, keep your old shirts in the dresser and away from your display.

Tip: The easiest way to begin the touch screen monitor cleaning process is to purchase a gentle microfiber cloth

Warning: The same cannot be said for paper towels, dish rags, and traditional towels. Each of the above items should be avoided in favor of a microfiber cloth when it comes to a touch screen monitor

Start in the Center

Once you have the microfiber cloth ready to go, the best way to begin the cleaning process is by starting at the center of the touch screen monitor. Take great care to gently wipe the screen in a circular motion until you reach the edges of the display. Repeat this process until your monitor is free from dust, dirt, fingerprints, and other unsightly marks. If you have used a liquid-based cleaning agent, be sure to apply this agent to the microfiber cloth and not the display itself. Additionally, keep the wet side of the microfiber cloth away from the corners of the monitor.

Tip: Once you have the microfiber cloth ready to go, the best way to begin the cleaning process is by starting at the center of the touch screen monitor

Warning: Additionally, keep the wet side of the microfiber cloth away from the corners of the monitor

STAT:

Avoid Isopropyl alcohol at concentrations greater than 70% and non-diluted bleach or ammonia solutions while cleaning a monitor. (Source)

Sources: 

https://www.electronicdesign.com/technologies/displays/article/21800710/whats-the-difference-between-resistive-and-capacitive-touchscreens

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

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

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

https://academic.oup.com/iwc/article-abstract/3/3/253/762433

How to Clean Touch Screen Monitors FAQ

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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