Welcome to LMB’s guide on how to clean a computer screen. Computer and laptop screens are typically made from a soft plastic and can gain abrasions easily from harsh materials or chemicals. They are much softer than the older and chunkier glass monitors – and as technology evolves, so must our methods to clean it.
Equally, it is important to keep the computer screens in your home clean to maximise the lifetime of your technology. So long as you take care, cleaning your screen is simple and straightforward.
There are specialist pre-soaked wipes available on the market, however these are more expensive than our method and can also dry out before you use them all up.
Thankfully, the main tools needed to keep your computer screen in tip top conditions shouldn’t be too far away.
This is, in our view, the ultimate guide on how to clean a computer screen.
What you need to clean a computer screen:
- Clean microfiber cloth (ideally) – alternatively, you could use a lint-free cotton rag
- White Vinegar
- Distilled water (ideally) – alternatively, filtered water.
- You could also purchase a special LCD/TFT/LED/AV screen cleaning solution; however, this may not be as environmentally friendly as our recipe. If you do purchase a specialist cleaning solution, ensure it is a cleaner, and not a polisher
- Optional – Anti-static / Carbon fibre dusting brush
- Optional – Refillable spray bottle
What not to do:
Although this may seem daunting, we are cleaning very close to sensitive electronics and therefore precautions must be taken. However, so long as you are careful and follow our guide, you should be fine.
- Do not use window cleaner or solvents. This can contain chemicals and detergents designed for glass that may damage your soft plastic
- screen and turn it misty. These cleaners can also drip and seep around the edges of the screen and cause damage.
- Do not use any paper products – such as paper towels, tissues or toilet paper. These can all leave permanent scratches, as well as the unfortunate crumbling effect of paper – all over your computer screen.
- Do not use a dirty or hard cloth. Leftover dirt can scratch the screen, so ensure that you use a freshly cleaned or new microfiber cloth, or lint-free cotton rag.
- Do not use fabrics containing polyester or wool; pure cotton is best.
- Try and avoid using tap water if you can, as this can contain particles that can cause damaging abrasions to your computer screen.
- Do not spray cleaning solution directly onto the screen.
- Do not spend too long cleaning one area.
Steps on how to clean a computer screen:
- Turn off the computer monitor or the laptop. Let it cool down, or else the solution will evaporate too quickly. While it cools, mix your solution.
- If you have an anti-static dusting brush, brush away the excess the dust from the screen and the base.
- Mix your solution. Use one part distilled water to one part white vinegar. Then tip this into the spray bottle of you are using one.
- Carefully apply the solution to your microfiber cloth. Either use the spray bottle or carefully dab a small part of your cloth into the solution, allowing a few moments for it to absorb into the cloth.
- Without using excessive force, clean from top to bottom, or side to side. Remember, the solution will break down the grease and the cloth will collect the dust. Use enough solution so that you can see it on the screen after you wipe, but not so much that it drips. For particularly murky screens, repeat if necessary.
- Allow to dry, and then power on! Enjoy your refreshed clear screen. Now is also a good time to wipe your keyboard, mouse, and any other peripherals with your damp cloth.
This is a guide, and steps are undertaken at your own risk. We cannot be held responsible for any damage.