It is inevitable that your screen accumulates dust, dirt and fingerprints over time. But beyond all this, keeping the screen clean is important for several reasons that we explain below: a dirty screen affect the contrast and brightness of your monitor, which contributes to the appearance of the dreaded visual fatigue, since it forces you to start squinting to see the screen more clearly. Although dirt does not cause serious or long-term damage to the computer screen, it can significantly impair the user experience in front of the monitor. On the other hand, a dirty screen does not seem exactly professional either and you can give a very poor image, especially if you are working with clients or in a meeting. We tell you step by step and with great detail how to clean the computer screen.
Follow the steps that we detail below and you will manage to keep your screen clean without damaging it in the attempt (s, cleaning it improperly can have fatal consequences).
Some previous warnings
While it may be tempting to reach a bottle of Windex or some other general surface cleaning product but don't do it! Products with strong chemical components may be fine for cleaning windows or countertops, but they can wreak havoc on computer monitors and wear protective coatings. There are many cleaning fluids on the market specifically aimed at computer monitors, and although these products certainly work, it is not necessary to spend this money on them if you do not want to; distilled water should be enough for most of the monitor components, and you can even mix a little white vinegar to get rid of even more stubborn dirt.
In addition, you should avoid paper towels, rags, old t-shirts or other of the usual materials you use to clean the surfaces of your home. The monitors are more delicate than they appear, and these fabrics, including paper towels, are abrasive enough to scratch the screen, especially if you have used them to clean other surfaces where sand may have accumulated. A microfiber cloth, the type you can use to clean your glasses or vinyl records, is the safest option, but, yes, make sure it is free of dirt or dirt before passing it on the screen.
Step 1: turn off the screen
First of all, it is easier to see spots and other elements on a black screen, so turning off the monitor makes it easier to see what you are doing and how you are cleaning. Doing it this way is also safer for you and your computer, since cleaning the monitor while it is on and all activated pixels could damage the screen or potentially cause you an unpleasant electrical shock. So better, turn it on.
Step 2: clean the screen with a cloth
If dust is the only thing that soils your screen, a quick cleaning should be enough to finish it off and leave it shiny. Take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the screen with long movements. We cannot emphasize enough that you should be extremely careful since pressing the screen too much could damage the internal pixels.
If dirt is more resistant than dust, in this case we recommend that you use some type of safe liquid specific for this type of product. You can use a soft cleaning liquid designed for monitors, but as mentioned above, the water should be sufficient. It is better to use filtered or distilled water, since tap water may contain minerals or other substances that can damage the screen or leave streaks that will make your day bitter. Add a little white vinegar to the water if the dirt resists.
Regardless of the liquid you use, do not rub it directly on the monitor, as it may drip to the edge of the screen. If this happens, it may seep into the monitor and damage the electronic components it contains. Rock or apply a little liquid on the cloth, draining excess liquid and gently wipe the monitor with wide movements.
Step 3: let it dry
Gently dry the monitor with a microfiber cloth or let it dry only gradually. To avoid any electrical or moisture damage, make sure your screen is completely dry before turning on the computer again.