How to properly clean your monitors.

Cleaning your screens isn’t as simple as grabbing your household cleaner like Windex. LCD screens and computer monitors are particularly fragile, and the alcohol and other chemicals in Windex can be extremely damaging..

Here are a few tips on how to properly clean your monitor:

First, stay away from any all-purpose household cleaners and anything containing acetone, ammonia, or alcohol, which will strip away your LCDs protective coating.

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Power down your monitor before you begin.

Use a soft cloth, like microfiber, to dust off your monitor and gently wipe down your screen. Steer clear of paper or bath towels, which will cause scratching.

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Do not spray directly on the screen.

If a dry wipe down won’t cut it, use a lightly moistened cloth to give your monitor a good cleaning. Try using distilled water, or a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water. Do not use tap water– it contains some dissolved salts that can harm the screen.

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Use light, rapid circular movements, which will help reduce streaking. Don’t put too much pressure on the screen while cleaning, you can do permanent damage.

Word of Caution: Be sure that the LCD screen is dry before closing it or using the computer.

Never touch the LCD screen with your fingers as this can cause the pixels to burn out.

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