The Right Way to Clean a Flat Screen Monitor


Prepare the Screen

Turn the monitor off. Do not clean a screen until it is cool. Remove as much dust from the screen as possible without actually touching it, e.g. vacuum or blowing . Use a soft lens brush to remove stubborn dust. Lightly wipe the screen with a dry and clean microfiber cloth. Shake out any dust from the cloth between wipes to avoid rubbing dust into the screen and scratching it. Don’t use paper towels, kitchen towels or household rags. Only a good quality lint-free microfiber cloth should touch your screen.

Cleaning the Screen

Lightly wipe the screen with a microfiber cloth dampened with a 50/50 distilled water and white vinegar mixture.This will cut through everyday finger prints,and grease stains. Do not under any circumstances spray the screen directly! This will create difficult to remove streaks.

When wiping the screen, always avoid making circular “buffing” motions. Clean with a slow and light touch moving in as broad a motion as you can either left to right or up and down across the screen. Although the microfiber should pose little to no risk to the screen, by avoiding cleaning in small circular motions you avoid the risk of creating buffed out spots or whorl marks on the surface of the screen. Light pressure and wide movements are the safest.

Wipe up any excessive moisture with microfiber cloth. Once clean to your satisfaction let the screen air dry before turning on the monitor.

Cleaning Mixture

The cleaning solution should be made up with 50/50 distilled water + distilled vinegar and stored in an empty atomiser spray container or empty domestic spray cleaner bottle. The screen cleaner container must be clearly labelled to avoid misuse. Example ingredients are Halfords de-ionised water and Sarsons White Vinegar. Search eBay for suitable empty 100ml atomisers or other size of your choice.

Mircrofibre Cloth

You can use “Waitrose 4 Specialist Microfibre Cloths” or Spontex microfibre all purpose cloth (5 pack) or any other good quality lint-free microfibre cloth.

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