How to clean a monitor screen

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How to clean monitor screen

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There’s nothing worse when gaming or doing work and having those annoying specs of dust on your monitor screen, making words on the display look strange or creating an illusion of an enemy in the distance. You might not want to do it but cleaning your monitor screen is the only way of removing some of the grime that magically appears on there but there is some care that needs to be taken otherwise you could end up damaging it.

Today, we’re going to go through how not to clean your monitor screen, giving you main things to avoid, in an effort to prevent any potential monitor mutilation as well as the strategies to get it done successfully, providing you with all the products you’ll need and the methods required.


How Not To Clean Your Monitor Screen

So, you want to clean a monitor screen but want to avoid all the pitfalls? Let’s look at the absolute don’ts when undertaking the delicate task.

Don’t Spray Cleaning Fluid Directly Onto The Screen

Like a lot of cleaning methods throughout your home, if you’re like me, you’ll spray either cleaning fluid or a bit of polish directly on the areas and then wipe off with some sort of cloth. This, however, is a bit no-no with monitor screens. Due to today’s screens boasting an ultra-thin nature, spraying a water-like substance directly on there could result in causing water damage to your display, getting under the top layer, resulting in some serious pixel issues. You might think, well water dries right? Yes, technically you are correct but by that point, the damage has already been done and there’s no saving your monitor.

Don’t Use Window Cleaning Fluid/Rubbing Alcohol

While you might think this is the best solution for cleaning your monitor screen thanks to the great job they both do on the other things you use them on but sadly, these types of cleaning products can actually strip the reflective layer that comes on the top of your screen, preventing any potential glare. This is obviously bad and if you were to continue using products like this on your monitor, you’ll end up stripping more and more layers off the screen.

Don’t Use Paper Towels Or Standard Rags

This might be a no brainer for you cleaning experts out there but avoiding using something like paper towels or a general-purpose cloth is a must when it comes to cleaning your monitor screen. This might seem a bit trivial but it’s actually integral for getting it right. Neither paper-towels nor general-purpose cloths are designed for delegate devices like monitor thus meaning abrasion will almost certainly occur.


How To Clean Your Monitor Screen

Now we’ve got the worse things you can do to your monitor screen when attempting to clean it, let’s get into what you should be doing to get the job done safely and successfully.


Use A Microfiber Cloth

We’ve talked about the tools not to use when cleaning your monitor screen but this microfiber cloth variant is exactly what’s required to clean your monitor screen as safe as possible. There’s some expensive microfiber cloths and more budget options available but they pretty much all do the same job so don’t worry about picking one up for $1. You’re going to be using this as your main method of cleaning thanks to its positive charge, meaning they attract negatively charged dirt and grease right onto the cloth, taking whatever is on your screen completely off without any abrasion.

How To Safely Clean Your Monitor Screen With A Microfiber Cloth

Now, let’s talk about how to use that microfiber cloth properly.

If you’re simply trying to get rid of dust on your monitor screen, the positive charge of the cloth should make light work of it, hopefully removing any particles clinging to your display. Ensure you’re not pressing down too hard, it needs a delicate wipe, no forceful pressure otherwise you could cause the front layer of the screen to press against the pixels, destroying them in the process.

If there’s tougher residue on your monitor screen (probably from snacking) it’ll require a little more elbow grease. For this, dampen your microfiber cloth a little. Yes, we have mentioned previously that water is bad for your monitor screen (like all electronics) but when we say dampen your cloth, we mean very lightly. This certainly doesn’t mean soak it so it’s dripping wet, you only need to add a tiny bit of water to hopefully dissolve/dislodge those stains and remove them off your screen. Again, like using a dry cloth to get the dust off, apply as little pressure as possible to avoid causing damage.

These methods should get your screen looking brand spanking new but if not, or if you’re too scared to go in with a cloth, there’s a secondary method that could help you.


Use Compressed Air (Carefully)

So, you don’t have the confidence to get in there with the microfiber cloth or simply want to avoid touching your screen at all, you can use a PC builder’s favorite tool – compressed air.

Compressed air is a PC builder’s best friend due to the fact that you don’t have to touch any of the components or get any potentially harmful substances involved with electronics. It allows you to blast away that dust with minimal chances of damage occurring. This can be applied to cleaning your monitor screen, blowing that dust away without having to touch the delicate display at all.

But won’t the force damage the screen? Well, yes, it will if you’re too close but if you’re around one foot away and slowly press your compressed air’s can you should be absolutely fine. You can pick a can up from a variety of places but here’s a link to a top product over on Amazon.

Unfortunately, with compressed air, it does get rid of dust but it won’t remove any stains or residue on the screen so if you’ve got that type of grime, a damp microfiber cloth is simply the only safe way to go.

We hope these methods helped you out in getting your monitor screen looking nice and shiny. If you’re a laptop owner and want to get your screen clean or simply want some laptop hygiene tips, Which Laptop has a great guide on how to do so. Head over to that article and get your laptop nice and fresh.