Over time, the computer monitor fills up with dust, fingerprints, and even a few particles emitted by a sneeze. All of this affects contrast and brightness, which in turn causes eye strain, not to mention making your workplace look unprofessional. No one wants to see a dirty screen. And it's not that cleaning it is complicated, it just sometimes doesn't occur to us. Here we explain how to clean a monitor correctly so that hygiene is always the first thing your eyes see.
First, a warning
We know it is tempting to just go get a bottle of Windex or some other cleaning product. Do not do it! Chemicals may be fine for windows or kitchens, but they can be a disaster for computer monitors as they wear down their protective layers. There are many cleaning fluids on the market made specifically for monitors, and although these products do work, you don't need to spend money on them if you don't want to; in most cases, some distilled water is sufficient. For the most stubborn dirt, you can mix a little white vinegar.
Also avoid paper towels, rags, your old shirt, or any of those materials that you could normally use to clean surfaces in your home. Monitors are more delicate than they appear and these types of fabrics (even paper towels) are abrasive enough to scratch them, especially if you used them for other things before and they may have already collected grime. A microfiber cloth, the type you use to clean your lenses or vinyl records, is the safest option. Just make sure it's perfectly clean before rubbing it on your screen.
Step 1: turn off the monitor
First, it's easier to spot smudges and all that on a black screen, so turning off your monitor will help you see what you're doing. It is also safer, for you and for your computer. Cleaning the screen when it is on and all the pixels are turned on could damage it, or even give you an electric shock that will not be pleasant. So put it down!
Step 2: clean the monitor with a cloth
If the only thing dirtying your monitor is dust, wiping it with a cloth will be enough to clean it in a two by three. Take a microfiber cloth and carefully step across the screen in long strokes. But for what you want most, do it carefully; Pressing the screen too hard could damage your pixels.
If dirt is something more stubborn than just dust (maybe a memory of a sudden sneeze or some mysterious substance who knows how it got there), you could be using some kind of safe fluid. You can use one created for monitors, but as we mentioned earlier, the water should be enough. It is better to use filtered or distilled water, because the tap water may contain minerals or other substances that can damage your screen or leave scratches. If soiling is difficult, add distilled white vinegar to the water.
But be careful not to spill anything on your laptop!
Regardless of the fluid you use, do not rub it directly on the monitor, as it may drain to the bottom edge of the screen. If that happens, you run the risk of seeping inside and damaging the electronic components. Rock the liquid in the cloth, or dampen it lightly, squeezing out the excess, and wipe the monitor with wide movements.
Step 3: let it dry
Dry your screen carefully using another microfiber cloth, or let nature do it for you. To avoid moisture or electrical damage, make sure your screen is completely dry before turning your computer on. And that's it!