Does your computer screen have smudges, specks or smears on it? Are you afraid to clean it because someone has told you it could damage your computer screen? If this is the case then this tutorial is for you. Here you will learn the best practices to help you clean your computer screen safely.

Gather Supplies

Appropriate cleaning materials

When you are getting ready to clean your computer screen you are going to want to get the right supplies so you don’t damage it. These include:

Microfiber cloths

Microfiber cloths absorb dirt and dust particles better than other materials, making them ideal for removing smudges and fingerprints from your screen. To use a microfiber cloth, simply dampen it with water (or a mild detergent if necessary) and gently wipe down the surface of your device. Make sure to avoid using too much pressure when wiping, as this could cause damage to the delicate components inside. After you’re done cleaning, let the cloth air dry before putting it away.

Cleaning sprays

You can find many cleaning sprays for your computer screen. Many of them are designed to dry without streaks and are made with chemicals that won’t destroy the screen material which would cause more problems.

Water-dampened cloths

If you don’t have or don’t want to use a chemical cleaning spray you can just use a bit of water on your microfiber cloth. You just want the cloth to be damp, not moist. Too much moisture could cause a drip that could fall down onto the keyboard or find a way into the seam around the screen. If used right you can clean all your computer or TV screens this way and not spend any money on cleaning sprays.

Prepare the Screen

Turning off the monitor or device

Before you begin cleaning your computer screen, tablet, or TV make sure to turn it off. You will want the screen to be off for at least 10 minutes allowing it to cool to prevent damage to the screen. If you leave it on there is a possibility of causing irreparable damage to the display leaving streaks or even dead spots on the screen.

Removing dust and dirt from the screen

Before cleaning the screen with your spray or wet cloth make sure to dust it off with a dry cloth removing any debris that may cause smearing or possible scratches in the screen.

Clean the Screen

Now that you have the tools and are ready to begin, don’t forget the most important thing. DO NOT PRESS ON THE SCREEN. You are going to want to use as little pressure as possible to get the screen clean for you. You can inadvertently crack or damage the screen with too much pressure. If you have any stubborn spots that won’t come off it is better to rewet the area and try again or leave your damp cloth on the spot for a few minutes to loosen any gunk.

Now use small circular motions to clean the screen with your cloth, like washing a car just smaller. Once the screen looks pretty clean move to the next step.

Dry the Screen

To dry the screen use another dry microfiber cloth and gently polish the screen and dab off any wet drops. When the screen looks clearer for you then you are done. You can turn the screen right back on if you have dried it thoroughly. If you aren’t sure then you can let it dry for about 10 minutes and it should be ready to go.

Cleaning a computer screen can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! By following these simple steps and being gentle with the screen you can get your monitor looking brand new in no time. When cleaning your computer screen make sure to use a soft microfiber cloth and to use as little pressure as possible on the surface of the screen. Use small circular motions when wiping the screen and rewet any stubborn areas or spots that won’t come off. Finally, once the screen is clean, dry it off thoroughly with another dry cloth before turning it back on. With these easy steps, you’ll be sure to have a sparkling clean computer screen!