How To Clean Computer Screens

Prolong the Life of Your Screen and Help Prevent Eye Strain

Cleaning desktop screen

If you own a computer, you know that it must be regularly maintained. This includes your monitor. Since monitors are electronic appliances, they attract dust, and that dust can build up quickly. Dust isn't the only culprit. Fingerprints, smears, and if you are a smoker, that smoke buildup can get rather disgusting. Follow these simple instructions, and your monitor will be in tip-top shape.

CRT Monitors

  1. The Screen. Since CRT screens are glass, window cleaner is a suitable cleaning agent. NEVER spray the cleaner directly on the screen. Instead, spray the cleaner modestly on a soft, lint-free cloth, then clean the glass as you would a window. Windex wipes are great for this, and when you're done, the wipe should still be good for wiping down that dusty television screen while you're at it.
  2. The Case. The plastic case should be kept clean as well. First, use a handheld vacuum, a vacuum cleaner with a computer attachment, or a specialized computer vacuum to clean the cooling vents. NEVER spray any type of cleaner near these vents, as you will damage the circuitry inside. The rest of the case can be cleaned with a soft cloth lightly dampened with plain water.

LCD Monitors

  1. The Screen. A liquid crystal display, or LCD, isn't glass, so avoid using glass cleaner, ans steer clear of anything containing ammonia. Instead, pick up a container of LCD cleaning wipes. They can be found in the large retail stores or your local computer specialty store. You may also use lens cleaning wipes typically found in the camera department. Both types are lint-free and pre-moistened with an alcohol solution, which dries quickly and leaves no residue. In a pinch, you may use a soft, lint-free cloth moistened with plain water. Never spray anything directly onto the screen, as water can seep into the case and damage the circuitry inside.
  2. The Case. As with the CRT case, use a handheld vacuum, a vacuum cleaner with a computer attachment, or a specialized computer vacuum to clean the cooling vents. NEVER spray any type of cleaner near these vents, as you will damage the circuitry inside. The rest of the case can be cleaned with a soft cloth lightly dampened with plain water.

A regular cleaning regimen for all of your computer hardware will add life to your system and save you from problems associated with eye strain.

 

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Comments

Nov
15

I use See Clear wipes for nearly everything in this article, with great results. Very good article

By Murry Shohat
Oct
18

Thanks for such good article, it is really helpful.

By Jameel Ahmad Sameemi