What is the best and safest way to clean a laptop screen?

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  1. bethperry profile image88
    bethperryposted 7 years ago

    What is the best and safest way to clean a laptop screen?

    I dust my computer monitor regularly and sometimes go over it with a cleaning rag barely dampened with vinegar. My friend says she is terrified of getting her laptop screen wet, however - and I have never used a laptop so can't really offer any suggestions based on experience. Any cleaning suggestions from experienced laptop users is much appreciated!

  2. JohnGreasyGamer profile image84
    JohnGreasyGamerposted 7 years ago

    There are special sprays that you can get for laptop screens, and applying it to the same material used to clean spectacles does the job wonders. Baby wipes are also good but they can just as easily attract muck. If you don't want to get too much water on the screen my recommendation would be to first turn off the computer, unplug it and then get a wipe; squeeze the wipe to get most of the water out, and then rub in circle-like motions (rubbing horizontally or vertically leaves marks) to clean up the screen. I can't really think of any other way - I believe moist (not damp) cloth seems to be the best. I think the most important rule of all is not applying the liquid to the screen, but rather putting it on the material you'll used to wipe the screen don

    Also keep in mind the material of the screen. Mine's not glass but rather this other weird plastic that when you press your finger on it, it makes these ripples (not recommended though). Computer monitors and laptop screens are two different animals, so take care and get more answers to be certain ^^

    1. bethperry profile image88
      bethperryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good info to remember, thanks John!

    2. Thief12 profile image90
      Thief12posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Nowadays, the "ripples" are normal in most modern monitors, whether it's a desktop or laptop. It's the "Liquid" in the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) :-)

  3. ChristinS profile image42
    ChristinSposted 7 years ago

    They make wipes that are specifically for those screens that you can buy.  You can also use a cleaning cloth like they make for glasses in between times.  I don't use the damp cloths very often, only when I really need to and then wipe down daily with the dry cloth.

    1. bethperry profile image88
      bethperryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      ChristinS, thank you - I will pass that info along!

  4. Thief12 profile image90
    Thief12posted 7 years ago

    Actually, a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water is one of the most recommended ways to clean a laptop screen. What people shouldn't use is anything that contains alcohol, ammonia, or any strong solvent. Plus, make sure the laptop is turned off when cleaning.

    1. bethperry profile image88
      bethperryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thief12, thanks much!

  5. Sarah Brittney profile image60
    Sarah Brittneyposted 7 years ago

    I don't know about what's best, but I personally use lysol wipes. You can ring them out a little too if you are worried about them being too wet, but I've never had an issue.

  6. DDE profile image45
    DDEposted 7 years ago

    I often  use a   damp cloth to wipe out dust daily, and works well for me the screen  needs to wiped of softly and your idea with vinegar sound helpful too.

  7. The Examiner-1 profile image60
    The Examiner-1posted 7 years ago

    I had written a comment the other day about how I had done research on this quite a while ago and have done it once on my desktop. Now I do not see it. Was it removed?
    It is a very sensitive screen so I did not want to use a wet or damp method on it. What I found out was right in front of me. I wear eye-glasses. They have cleaning cloths which do not leave dirt, streaks, or scratches on the lenses. So I tried it on my desktop comp. screen and I figure that it would work on laptops too.
    I believe that my entire screen-top could practically be used as a laptop screen with only a few minor changes in back.

    1. bethperry profile image88
      bethperryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Kevin, I sure didn't remove it! So sorry that happened. Thanks for sharing your experience here, too!

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image60
      The Examiner-1posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe I did not press the post button, and after all of that time writing it.

    3. bethperry profile image88
      bethperryposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have done that, too! lol


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