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How to properly and safely clean your computer screen

Your computer screens and monitors are usually used on a daily basis, poked and prodded and sat attracting dust, so it’s no surprise that they get grubby pretty quickly.

Cleaning your computer screen may seem like a simple task, but you’d be surprised how many people end up damaging their monitors in the process. We’ve collated some key Do’s and Don’ts to consider…

DON’T…

How to clean your computer screenUse just any cloth or rag
Anything like tea towels and old bits of material produce lint and leave behind bits all over the screen, and much like with your spectacles, the likes of napkins or toilet/kitchen roll are too rough and could end up scratching the surface. A microfibre cloth is the best choice for screens and monitors.

Use home cleaning products
Generally any home cleaning products contain too high a concentration of chemicals (including ordinary glass and window cleaners) for use on your computer screen, so avoid at all costs. Chemicals such as ammonia and alcohol will strip a computer screen of the likes of its anti-glare coating and will cause your screen display to appear cloudy, unclear and discoloured.

Press too hard
Computer screens and displays are sensitive, so it’s important not to press too hard. Pushing too hard on a screen can cause pixel damage, particularly with LCD and LED screens.

DO…

Turn off and unplug
Safety should come first and foremost, and like with all electrical appliances, they should be switched off and unplugged before cleaning. It’s also handy to switch off to ensure you’re not pressing any buttons accidentally whilst wiping!

Check what is recommended by the manufacturer
All screens vary and it’s always worth checking either online or in the manual for any cleaning recommendations from the manufacturers.

how to clean your computer screenUse water for tougher stains
Whilst it is tempting to use cleaning products on tougher stains, a small spritz of water onto your cloth (NEVER directly onto the screen!) should do the trick without causing any damage. For those super stubborn marks that just won’t budge, you can try mixing a splash of white vinegar with water but remember it is absolutely key that you stay away from anything that contains strong chemicals.

Wipe in a circular motion
Gently wiping the screen in a circular motion is the most effective and efficient way to clean your screen.

These tips are valid for all types of devices that have screens, so its worthwhile to bear in mind when cleaning your tablet and smartphone too – these screens also have a protective anti-glare coating that can be damaged with chemicals.

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