How to clean a monitor?

by sogrow team

How to clean a monitor?

Cleaning Your Computer Monitor

Keeping your computer clean is a necessary habit. Over time, your computer (especially the monitor) will collect dust and debris. Not to mention the spread of bacteria through sneezing and coughing. Although fingerprints are bad enough, eye strain caused by cluttered screens is even worse.

Cleaning the monitor is also more complicated than simple cleaning. There are some products that you should not use. In this article, we will discuss the correct way to clean a computer monitor.


A Few Words of Warning

While it may be tempting to reach for a bottle of any general cleaning products, please don't do it! Harsh chemicals can be applied to windows or countertops, but they can cause serious damage to computer monitors and wear down coatings. There are several cleaning fluids on the market specifically for computer monitors. Although these products are really effective, if you don't want to, you don't need to spend money; distilled water should be enough to clean most monitors, and you can mix a little white vinegar to remove stubborn dirt. 

How to clean your computer monitor 

Also, avoid using paper towels, rags, old T-shirts, or any common materials you use to clean the surface of your home. Screens are more delicate than they appear, and these fabrics, even paper towels, are abrasive enough to scratch the screen, especially if you use them for other jobs that can collect sand. The microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses or vinyl records is the safest option. Before sliding the screen, make sure it is free of dirt or grime.


Step 1: Turn off the screen

First of all, it's easier to see spots and things on a black screen, so turning the screen off makes it easier to see what you're doing. This is also safer for you and your computer. Cleaning the screen when the screen is on, and all the pixels are shining may damage the screen or give it a nasty electric shock. Please turn it off!


Step 2: Wipe the monitor with a cloth.

If there is only dust on the screen, a quick cloth should be sufficient to clean it. Take a microfiber cloth and gently brush the screen for a long time. We cannot stress enough that you must be nice; pressing hard on the screen can damage the pixels inside. 

Suppose the thick layer of dust on the monitor has been slowly replaced by more suspicious garbage; perhaps a dry mucus from sneezing caught you off guard, or a mysterious supernatural person. In that case, you will need to use cleaning fluid. There are mild cleaning fluids specifically designed for screens, but as mentioned above, distilled water works well. However, be sure to use only filtered or distilled water because tap water contains minerals and other substances that can damage the screen or leave annoying marks. For particularly stubborn dirt, add a little white vinegar to the water. Be careful not to spill anything on your laptop. 

Do not spray water or other cleaning fluids directly on the monitor; otherwise, it may drop to the edge of the screen and penetrate the monitor itself and damage internal electronic components. Spray or tap the liquid on the cloth, squeeze out excess liquid, and then gently wipe the screen in a broad stroke.


Step 3: Dry

Use a clean, soft microfiber cloth to dry the monitor or allow it to air dry gently. To avoid electrical damage caused by moisture, make sure the screen is completely dry before turning the computer back on.