Learning how to clean your laptop screen properly is one of those essential maintenance tasks that every computer owner should undertake. As cool, glossy and shiny as those LCD laptop screens are when you buy them, they unfortunately tend to get really dirty in a hurry. Dust and lint gravitates towards it and finger smudges seem to appear out of nowhere. Eventually, it can become hard to even see your laptop screen behind all the build-up. Much like the rest of your computer, the LCD display must be cleaned in a particular way to prevent damage. Read on to see how to clean your laptop screen safely and efficiently.
What you’ll need:
- A microfiber cloth
- Rubbing alcohol solution
- Start by gathering your supplies and prepping your laptop screen. Before you begin wiping it down, make sure your laptop is turned off and unplugged. This will completely prevent the chance of electric shock, no matter how small it might be. Next, make a solution of half rubbing alcohol, half water. Under no circumstances should you use all purpose or glass cleaners, as your laptop’s LCD screen isn’t made out of glass. It can easily be damaged by everyday cleaners.
- Give the laptop screen a dry wipe down. Because LCD screens show dust and lint so noticeably, using paper towels or hand towels to clean it will probably leave behind more visible residue than you started out with. For best results, use a microfiber cloth to wipe away the dust. Take care to reach into the little nooks and crannies of your laptop screen, especially the area where it attaches to the body of the computer.
- For the spots that remain, use your rubbing alcohol solution. The reason rubbing alcohol and water works so well is that it dries quickly, limiting the potential for damage to your laptop screen. Dip a corner of the microfiber cloth in it and wring it out so it’s just damp. Then rub the smudges lightly until they come up. If one particular spot is being especially stubborn, use a Q-tip to rub it away, just be careful not to use too much pressure, as it could hurt the LCD pixels beneath your laptop screen’s surface.
- Use lights to check your work. Nothing’s more annoying than finding a dirty spot on your laptop screen right after you cleaned it. So when you think you’re close to being done, take hold of the laptop. View the screen from different vantage points under reasonably bright lights. Doing so will probably expose a few spots you missed and allow you to give your screen a full cleaning from every perspective.