Cleaning your monitor

Cleaning the monitor

Dirt, fingerprints, and dust can make your computer screen difficult to read; however, it’s easy to clean your screen when needed. Although there are monitor-cleaning kits you can buy, they may damage your monitor if they are designed for a different type of monitor. For example, a monitor cleaner that is designed for glass screens may not work with some non-glass LCD screens. The safest method is simply to use a soft clean cloth moistened with water.

Do not use glass cleaner to clean a monitor. Many screens have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by glass cleaner.

  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Unplug the monitor from the power. If you are using a laptop, unplug the laptop.
  3. Use a soft clean cloth moistened with water to wipe the screen clean.

Do not spray any liquids directly onto the screen. The liquid could leak into the monitor and damage the internal components.

Dust is your computer’s main enemy. Use an antistatic wipe to lightly dust your computer casing. Don’t use furniture cleaners or strong solvents.

Use a can of compressed air with a narrow nozzle to blow out debris from the air intake slots. We sell cans of air for $8.00.

Spray cleaning solution—like diluted ammonia cleaner or glass cleaner—on a paper towel or antistatic wipe. Clean the monitor housing and casenot the monitor screen—by wiping in a downward motion.

A safe cleaning solution for computer surfaces—not computer screens—is ammonia diluted with water or glass cleaner comprised mostly of ammonia and water (check the label) The milder the solution, the better.

Don’t restrict airflow around your computer. A computer can generate a lot of heat, so the casing has fans that keep it from overheating. Avoid stacking papers, books, and other items around your computer.