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How should I clean my LED laptop screen? I don't want scratches on it. I am very safe about touching it.

asked Jun 05 '10 at 23:36

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I have learned from many different sites of how to clean a monitor. The best site that I have found says this:

When it comes to optimize the layout of your office space, nothing helps to free desk space more then a nice, flat LCD screen. That's probably one of the main reason everyone has one these days. Apart from that, they're also very cheap, easy on the eyes and consume less electricity than their CRT counterparts. With all that said, there’s really no reason not to have one sitting on your desk in 2007.

But these screens are not perfect. In fact, you have to be very careful when cleaning them up. Too much pressure using the wrong kind of cloth will most likely scratch your display and could even burn some of its pixels. So the question is, what is the proper way to clean an LCD screen?

First, you've probably seen some of those LCD cleaning solutions in computer stores right? The good news is that if you do not want to pay for a commercial product, mixing up your own solution is very easy. If you don't want to take any chances and prefer to use a professional product, please see our recommendation at the end of this article. So to get started, you only need 2 ingredients:

* 70% Isopropyl alcohol (Warning)
* Distilled Water

The recipe is easy: Mix the Isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in equal parts (50/50) inside an empty Windex-like bottle. Do not use tap water! Doing so will leave white smears on your screen after cleaning it up because of the dissolved minerals inside the water. When finished mixing, just close the bottle using the "spray" adaptor that comes attached to it.

Next, you will need to find a good, soft piece of microfiber cloth to clean your display. Avoid paper tissues at all cost! Using those on your screen would be just like scrubbing sandpaper on it and may scratch it permanently. You wouldn't want to do that right?

Now that we have everything we need, start by turning off your screen. Dampen your piece of soft cloth with your cleaning mixture and then wipe the display gently from top to bottom. Never spray liquid directly onto the LCD. When you're done, wait a few minutes to let your screen dry, and then turn it back on. Voila, you're done! Your screen should now be sparkling clean.

And if you absolutely want to use a product that was specifically made to clean LCD screens, Amazon.com has a really cheap and effective Monster-branded alcohol free LCD cleaner, which even includes a high-tech reusable MicroFiber cloth.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 16:55

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nice...very informative...

(Jul 11 '10 at 16:39) Stanley Stanley's gravatar image

Do not use alcohol to clean LCD screens.

(Oct 05 '10 at 09:19) Seb Seb's gravatar image

Important: Before you start cleaning, be sure to:

Turn off your monitor.TV.

Unplug the power cord from the wall or power strip.

Remove the battery (from products with removable batteries such as some portables or from wireless devices such as mice and keyboards).

Be sure to disconnect all external devices from the computer.

Do not use window sprays or cleaning products containing ammonia, chlorine, or abrasive ingredients.

Do not use rough towels or cloths to dry the plastic.

Do not spray cleaner directly onto your computer. Liquid could drip inside the case and cause an electrical shock or electrical malfunction.

Do not use excessively damp cleaning wipes.

I am sure you do not need to unplug it and what not, but this is what to do if you are really picky about your items.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:39

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 23:39

The best solution is to use a microfiber cloth. There are no liquids involved. Just use it by itself.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:41

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 23:41

Rubbing alcohol with a regular paper towel makes the screen look like new. Just don't go right near the edges just encase some gets inside ;)

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:44

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Rubbing alcohol is a solvent that will slowly degrade the finish on your LCD screen. Paper towels contain wood fibres that may scratch the finish on your LCD screen.

(Oct 05 '10 at 09:26) Seb Seb's gravatar image

Basically, terrible answer.

(Oct 05 '10 at 11:31) Ben Grant Ben%20Grant's gravatar image

NO ALCOHOL!!! EVER!!!

If you want to preserve the life of your iPad's oleophobic touchscreen then never use rubbing alcohol!! It will remove the coating from the screen which will make the fingerprints harder to wipeoff and the oil from your skin will stay on the screen making the touchscreen sensitivity decrease. Apple sepcifically states to NOT use any cleaning fluids especially alcohol or ammonia on your touchscreen...I have read too many people saying to use rubbing alcohol and people are going to regret it!

All you need is a simple microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe the screen off with...no fluids, or cleaning products required! If you want to preserve the life of your iPad and the quality of your touchscreen then DO NOT USE ALCOHOL!

answered Oct 05 '10 at 09:17

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This deserves to be voted up, as do other questions that recommend microfibre cloths. This doesn't just go for iPads, but for any LCD screen.

(Oct 05 '10 at 09:34) Seb Seb's gravatar image

You would be fine using distilled water and a clean cloth. Maker sure that there isn't any sand or anything coarse on the cloth. And don't put the water directly on the screen. Put it on the cloth first.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:38

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Emphasis on the word distilled. This answer sounds alright.

(Oct 05 '10 at 09:28) Seb Seb's gravatar image

I would definitely use a micro fiber cloth. That will make sure the screen doesn't get scratched when you are cleaning it.

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:38

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I'm using cleaning wipes for any kind of screens. Be sure that the cleaning wipes are meant for the screen you want to clean.

answered Jun 07 '10 at 16:40

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what works best from past experience, make a quick wipe down with meth sprites then get a wad a clean tissue and make a it damp with good old tap water and wipe it down again, and use a clean cloth or another wad of tissue and dry the screen off

answered Jun 05 '10 at 23:41

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edited Jun 05 '10 at 23:42

Alcohol is a solvent that can degrade the finish on your LCD screen. It's fine for CRT monitors, but not LCD. Tap water contains minerals and chemicals such as chlorine that may also degrade the finish on your LCD screen. Tissue is not advisable. Microfibre cloth seems to be the best acceptable option here. No solution needed.

(Oct 05 '10 at 09:30) Seb Seb's gravatar image

Do not use alcohol to clean LCD screens. I was advised against this earlier this year when I took CCNA courses. Use a can of compressed air, a microfibre cloth (do not press hard) or a feather duster.

answered Oct 05 '10 at 09:25

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