How To Care for Your Monitor Screen

Cleaning LCD screen

Modern monitors now come as LCD monitor screens.  Taking care of an LCD monitor screen is quite different from the way you take care of CRT monitors.  LCD screens need special care, as they are more sensitive.  They can easily be scratched or damaged.

Below are the tips on how to take care of your LCD monitor screens.

  1. Cleaning your LCD monitor.  When cleaning LCD monitor displays, make sure they are turned off.  This allows you to see the smudges and dirty spots better.  Use a clean and soft microfiber cloth to gently wipe the screen.  Do not use paper towels or tissue paper, as this can scratch the surface of the LCD screen.  Apply as little pressure to the monitor screen as possible when cleaning.  Normally you do not need to use a liquid cleaner.  But should you need one, buy a cleaner that is specially made for LCD monitors.  All LCD monitors have an anti-reflective coating.  Using solutions that are not meant to clean LCD monitors can cause this coating to turn cloudy.  If a specialized LCD cleaning solution is unavailable, you can also use distilled water or a 10% solution of vinegar mixed with water to clean your monitor screen.
  2. Use screen savers.  If your computer uses an LCD monitor screen, use a screen saver.  An LCD monitor pixel is usually charged with the use of a metal grid in order to display the desired color on the screen.  Since all LCD monitors are made of plastic, they are more susceptible to ghost images.  Ghost images happen when an image is "burnt in" after being displayed too long, and this affects the monitor resolution.  If it is not to be used for a long time, consider turning off the LCD monitor instead.
  3. Do not touch your LCD screen.  Touching the LCD monitor screen with your bare hands causes pressure to be applied to the screen.  This pressure can damage the monitor pixels causing them to turn black.  Extreme pressure may also cause the liquid in the screen to break and affect the monitor resuloution. If malfunctioning, do not attempt to repair a monitor by opening it up.  Instead, take it to an authorized service center.
  4. Avoid extreme temperatures and humidity.  LCD monitor screens are susceptible to extreme variations of temperature and humidity.  When the LCD monitor screen is used at temperatures of 10 degress celsius and lower, it can reduce its response time and brightness.  Extremely high temperature and humidity levels can also affect the LCD monitor screen's performance.  Drastic changes in temperature from hot to cold or cold to hot can produce dew on the surface of the LCD monitor screen.  If this continues, it can affect the polarizer of the screen and damage it.
  5. Read the manual.  Some LCD monitor screens require special care and treatment.  It is best to read the user manual to know more about the monitor specifications and directions for cleaning and care. 

LCD monitor screens are expensive items that can give great joy and pride to their owners.  Knowing how to correctly care for and handle these will allow you to make good use of the LCD monitor screens for years to come.


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