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How To Clean Your Computer Screen and Prevent Damage

Updated on June 18, 2010

Your computer monitor is an investment whether it cost $119.99 or $12,321.02 and treating it like a 20 year old two hundred pound console television will ruin your monitor in short order. Cleaning a computer monitor should be done weekly and with products specifically formulated for this personal computer chore.

Personally I use the same cleaner that is used on my progressive lens in my eyeglasses. It cleans very well and has no harmful chemicals like ammonia and similar products. Completely forget about using common household window cleaning products on your PC or MAC display. Windex, Glass Plus and similar brand-names can chemically scratch or slightly melt the delicate membrane that makes up your LCD or LED flat screen monitor.

Back in the day when we were still using CRT monitors - Remember those fifty pound chunks of technology that could heat up the entire room? I didn't care and used whatever was available to wipe off the screen - and actually damaged a high-end NEC display that had a protective layer on the glass - so I had to scrub off the layer to make everything look more clear and not out of focus.

Using a Delicate Touch When Cleaning Your Monitor

High-End Computer Screens are very sensitive to most cleaning chemicals.
High-End Computer Screens are very sensitive to most cleaning chemicals.

Flat-Screen Monitors NEED Tender Loving Care

When cleaning your flat-screen monitor, laptop, or notebook computer use dust-free towels - and please do not spray the cleaner directly on the monitor - You can chemically etch the monitor from the combination of the heat the screen generates and how the chemical reacts to the heat. So, always spray the optical cleaner on one of the dust free towels and clean in a circular motion adding more cleaner to towel if needed. I like the micro-fiber towels for this job. You may want to check before you use your Shamwow cloth! :)

Then use another clean cloth that is dry, to buff off any residual cleaning solutions. Be sure and clean the outer shell of the monitor with the same method. By removing dust and dirt from the top, sides and back of your LCD monitor - it will help keep it cooler and thus making it last a lot longer.

If you do not have any of the products handy then just a water dampened and very very soft tissue paper or cloth to clean your personal display. When it doubt water is the best way instead of using whatever is underneath the kitchen sink. Then quickly dry it off - leaving moisture on the membrane will only attract dust and dirt more quickly.

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    • JonSterling profile image

      Jon Sterling 7 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Thanks mwaky and pasetio30 for your kind comments.

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      nice tips. thanks for share. it benefit to prevent my computer screen from damage.

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      mwaky 8 years ago

      thanx for the hub I really need to clean up my laptop!

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      Artemus Gordon 8 years ago

      It is good to find out that I have been doing it right. It seemed like glasses cleaning materials would be good for the job since they are made for something so gentle and yet important.

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      You are a dirty "bird" Mr. Mac!!! :))

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      Mac Mission 8 years ago from bangalore

      whenever i feel ful love on my pc i clean. If my pc had mouth to express i dont know how often i would have got scolding

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      Thanks K - appreciate the comment - keepem coming!

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      K Partin 8 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Great tip Jon, and video. I've been looking for a hub on this topic, now I found it. Been using the water and soft tissue for awhile but going to try the optical cleaner now. Thanks again.

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      Jon Sterling 8 years ago from Houston Texas - United States

      yep - i wait to long sometimes and see periods and commas where they do not belong - LOL

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      ryankett 8 years ago

      Good informative hub, I have about half an inch of dust in between my eyes and this comment box right now :)