How to Clean your LCD Computer Monitor

Did you know that there is a special way to clean your LCD computer monitor (or flat-panel screens)? These screens are not made of glass and are very delicate. If you are rough or use the wrong products you will scratch or permanently damage the screen.


Here is how you should clean your screen:

Before cleaning your screen, make sure the computer is shut down. Mist a soft, non-abrasive cloth with DISTILLED water and LIGHTLY wipe the screen. Let the screen dry completely before you close the screen (if you are cleaning a laptop computer) or begin using the computer again.

Here some “dos and don’ts” to keep in mind when cleaning your screen:

DO make sure the computer is shut down before cleaning. You will be able to see the screen better and make it easierto clean the screen.

DO use a gentle hand. If you press too hard you can permanently damage the screen.

DON’T use towels, paper towels, facial tissue or toilet tissue. It can permanently scratch the screen.

DON’T spray the screen directly. ALWAYS spray the cloth first. If the solution accidentally comes in contact with any wires they can be damaged.

DON’T use tap or mineral water. Using regular water will cause permanent white spots to appear on your screen.

DON’T use any type of alcohol for cleaning the screen. It, too, can cause damage to the screen.

One more thing: Distilled water should be more than adequate for cleaning your screen. Some people use water/vinegar solution to clean their screen (equal parts of each). Others use expensive, specialized cleaning solutions to clean their screens. Don’t bother with them. Unless you have a super filthy screen or it is sticky from food or whatever, they aren’t necessary.


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(Disclaimer: Use this tip at your own risk! I am not responsible for any damage that may or might occur from using this method to clean your screen. It is a suggestion only.)

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! It seems like i can never get my screen clean and there are always spots and streaks. I will be referring to this post, thanks again!

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  2. Thank you., I did buy expensive sprays when I first got my MacBook. I still have them so they last forever. But distilled water sounds good to me!
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  3. Carol, I just love your practical ideas for everyday living. I’ve been wondering how to clean my screen easily without buying expensive screen cleaners and you gave me the answer!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks, Barb. Glad I could help!

      I know these kinds of posts aren’t exactly “Catholic” posts; but, I share them on Sunday Snippets in hopes that one or more of the participants find them useful. 🙂


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