howtogeek at August 12th, 2013 08:01 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/170080/the-how-to-geek-guide-to-cleaning-your-lcd-monitor-screen/
Whether you’re trying to get the dust off your monitor or your kid’s fingerprints off your gorgeous new HDTV set, removing dust, dirt, and oil from the plethora of screens around you requires the right tools and the right touch. Read on as we show you how to safely clean your expensive screens.
nsdcars5 at August 12th, 2013 09:20 — #2
Microfibre's that thing you get with spectacles, right? I got plenty of those lying around.
crossfire9 at August 12th, 2013 11:22 — #3
I am a big fan of this product from Monoprice;
In reality, it is just a really big microfiber cloth and probably water, but its the same thing that Best Buy sells as "Monster Cleaner" (even the blister pack is the exact same) and its $2 and change from Monoprice.
t11 at August 12th, 2013 13:00 — #4
yeah i use Monster screenclean works great as long as you do it with a cold screen i do mine in the morning before i even turn it on.
grfalt at August 12th, 2013 14:05 — #5
I have been using the Swiffer Duster....I use a very light swipe all the way across the monitor, first horizontal, then vertical....does a good job. Our screen does not get fingerprints on it, just dust.
ladyfitzgerald at August 12th, 2013 14:40 — #6
I've tried various LCD screen cleaners and most are no good, especially the gells (those smear horribly). The best LCD cleaner I've found is sold by a computer repair chain (Data Doctors). It's horribly overpriced but a little bit goes a long way.
Frequently rinsing out a microfiber cloth with hot water and letting it dry prevents smearing.
Even better than "canned air" is a blower. I have a DataVac Electric Duster. That blower is almost powerful enough to blow leaves (actually it could if one is a bit patient). No more replacing expensive cans of propellant driven gas nor worrying about escaping propellant damaging the screen. Although expensive upfront, it's much more economical in the long run. While safer and more economical than "canned air", the camera lens squeeze bulb just isn't practical for a large LCD. It would take forever to clean a large screen and just doesn't generate enough pressure for anything larger than a camera lens. I do keep one in my purse for dusting camera lenses and other small things.
nsdcars5 at August 13th, 2013 06:52 — #7
How about a hair dryer? My mum has a few of those somewhere or the other.
ladyfitzgerald at August 13th, 2013 08:30 — #8
Bad idea. Very bad idea. LCD screens have layers of plastic, sometimes including thin glass. The heat from a hair dryer could easily discolor and melt plastic and the uneven application of heat to glass could crack or even shatter it.
nsdcars5 at August 13th, 2013 09:24 — #9
Darn then. And what about a toy aeroplane motor?
ladyfitzgerald at August 13th, 2013 09:50 — #10
nsdcars5 at August 13th, 2013 13:27 — #11
Well, duh. It does give some air, but no heat. Think of it as a low-speed fan or something.
ladyfitzgerald at August 13th, 2013 14:08 — #12
Ok, I get it now. Why do you need to dry the screen? That's what the microfiber cloth is supposed to do.
larry_campbell at August 13th, 2013 22:09 — #13
What about people who smoke? Only something like Windex removes the smoke stains from windows and stuff.
ladyfitzgerald at August 13th, 2013 22:24 — #14
Anything with alcohol or ammonia can damage an LCD screen. I've heard vinegar and water (50-50) will cut through smoke films and, per the article, is safe.
sirraf03 at August 13th, 2013 23:31 — #15
Glad I stopped smoking. Don't have to worry about the mess it makes Everywhere.
I've actually got a couple of these with a no heat option, and after the article I checked and there is abso-durn-lutely no heat coming out of them.
The only thing I wonder about is it sucking in something (dust, bug, or what have you) and spitting that at the screen.
ladyfitzgerald at August 14th, 2013 05:34 — #16
The DataVac blower I have has a little filter on the bottom to prevent that.
sirraf03 at August 14th, 2013 06:12 — #17
Now, if someone can just get me the winning lottery numbers for the next draw, I could get me one of those fancy Do - Dads. : )
ladyfitzgerald at August 14th, 2013 06:31 — #18
Add up how much you spend on cans of "canned air" over time and you will see a "fancy Do-Dad" will actually be much cheaper in the long run. They will pretty quickly pay for themselves.
nsdcars5 at August 14th, 2013 07:48 — #19
Do they shoot out money? What currency?
nanogeek at August 14th, 2013 07:55 — #20
Hello.... microfiber cloths are not for drying... they are for removing dust, when wet they lose this ability. Then again I just wipe mine down with thin cloth after a light coat of water or alcohol wipes. Then I microfiber. Worked for 7 years.
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