Best Way to Clean a Laptop Screen Without Damaging It

Over time, our laptop screens will accumulate dust and other debris. As a result, the display will be affected and can reduce the visibility of the screen. With this, you need to make sure to clean your screens from to time.

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However, cleaning a laptop screen is not as simple as spraying bleach or other cleaning solutions on it and simply wiping the dirt off. You need to be gentle when it comes to cleaning your screen. You can not just pull out the nearest cleaning solution and spray it on the screen. The materials used to clean your screen should be gentle and safe.

In this article, we will teach you the best way to clean a laptop screen without damaging it. In here, we will talk about two different means of safely cleaning the screen of your laptop. So without further ado, let us start.

Using a Microfiber Cloth

The first method we will be discussing is the simplest yet most effective means of cleaning your laptop screen. In this method, we will be using a microfiber cloth. Microfiber cloths are highly specialized cleaning pieces that have wonderful threads that help trap in dirt and other debris. The fabric is made with a particular type of material that does not produce lint making it a soft cloth.

To use this, you need too first turn off the laptop. Also, make sure that the computer is not connected to any power supply or charger. Cleaning a screen from a computer that is turned on can lead to mild electrocution and might harm you. As stated, you need to entirely turn off the computer and not just put it on log off or sleep mode.

Using the microfiber cloth, gently wipe the screen of the laptop. A single wiping motion can already a sustainable amount of debris and dust or any loose particle that stuck on the screen. Do not exert too much pressure when wiping the screen because you might damage the pixels of the display, leading to permanent damage.

With a gentle circular wiping motion, you should be able to remove hard to lift spots and dirt. We highly recommend you not to scrub the screen because it might lead to pixel burnout. For the bezels of the display of the laptop, you need to do the same method. However, the bezels might be more challenging to clean; with this, you might need to use a gentle cleaning solution.

Using a Cleaning Solution

The next method we will be discussing is by using a cleaning solution. If the above-mentioned steps did not work, the screen might need a cleaning solution.  Since you will be using a liquid solution to the screen, you need to turn the laptop entirely off. Make sure the computer is not plugged into an electrical outlet.

You can buy a commercially prepared cleaning solution in computer shops. You can also make a DIY cleaning solution using household items. We highly recommend you use a solution using plain distilled water without any harsh cleaning chemicals. For added cleaning power, you can add a small amount of white vinegar with the concentrated water solution. Make sure to use the plain white vinegar and not cider or good vinegar as it may damage the screen. The purpose of using distilled water is to get rid of minerals and chemicals that are usually found in tap water. Please do away with cleaning solutions that use alcohol, ammonia or any strong chemicals.

Pour some of the commercially prepared cleaning solution or the DIY cleaning solution to a piece of cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth. Just put a small amount of solution, enough to dampen the cloth a little bit. Do not spray the solution directly to the screen.

Wipe the screen of the laptop using the damp microfiber cloth, make sure not to exert to much pressure on the screen as it may permanently damage the pixels of the screen. Clean the bezels of the screen using the same damp cloth.

If the cloth starts to dry up, apply a small amount of the cleaning solution on the other side of the fabric, or any party that hasn’t been wiped onto the screen. Do not submerge the fabric on the wiping solution or pit too much of the liquid on to the material.

Using a circular motion, wipe out the debris and dust that have stuck on the screen. With gentle yet rapid circular movements, you can remove smudges and other particles that have latched on to the screen. Do not repeat your strokes to the same direction because you will reapply the dirt and other debris on to the area of the screen. As we mentioned, do not put too much pressure on the screen when cleaning it as it may damage the pixels permanently, making the screen unusable. The process may take a couple of seconds to a few minutes depending on the amount of dirt or smudges that have latched on to the laptop screen. If the method requires it, you can always put a small amount of the cleaning solution back to the cloth to finish the process.

What Not to Do

When cleaning a laptop screen, there are things that you should avoid doing. Not knowing these things might end up unintentionally scratching the screen or damaging the pixels of the display making it unusable or leaving black or darkened areas of the show.

First off, you should not directly spray the cleaning solution on to the screen. While you may not see it, some of the liquid may seep through the display and go to the delicate internal hardware of the laptop. This can cause damage through short and can even electrocute you. With this, you need to place a small amount of the solution on to a cloth.

You should also remember not to soak the cloth on the cleaning solution. This will put excess water on the fiber cloth and can cause short or electrocution while wiping the screen. A small amount of water to dampen the microfiber cloth will do.

Do not use harsh chemicals that can damage the screen of the laptop. These include alcohol-based cleaners, bleach, detergent, and even ammonia-based solutions. These solutions are highly corrosive and can cause permanent damage to the screen.