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Cleaning Computer Monitors


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#1 deuce23

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 02:43 AM

I don't know if this is the right forum, but does anyone have any good tips on how to safely and effectively clean monitors? What products or methods do you use for yours and how well does it work? Thanks.
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 03:06 AM

If your talking about the screen, I use Windex, after I turn off the monitor. I have a LCD monitor so I don't have to worry about the inside.
Maybe someone else knows how to clean that safely.
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:45 AM

I've got vision problems - so I just squint around the dirt! :thumbsup:

Seriously, I think that any decent glass cleaner that's safe for plastic also would be sufficient. General cleaning theory holds that you need a lot of liquid to safely float the dirt particles off of the screen - but too much liquid will destroy the monitor.

I'd settle for a soft, microfiber type cloth and a good quality glass/plastic cleaner - and just keep the rubbing and polishing to a minimum.

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:55 AM

While it is not necessary to turn the monitor off to clean it, this can be a good idea. When the monitor is off, you can see the smudges and dirt better, and you can be sure that you wonít burn out any electrical components if water or cleaning liquid is inadvertently dripped onto or into the monitor. By the way, if liquid is ever dripped onto a monitor, you should turn it off immediately and allow it to dry completely before turning it back on.

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Those big chunky CRT monitors have glass screen which are easily cleaned. The important thing to remember is that you donít ever want to spray any liquid directly on the screen. Instead, spray the cloth with water or a mild window cleaning solution then wipe the screen. You can use the same damp cloth to clean the entire monitor case, as well. If you prefer, you can also use moistened paper towels to clean CRT monitors, You will be only cleaning the outside of the monitor case and screen. Never open the monitor casing which contain electric voltage that can cause a shock.

Flat Panel LCDs

LCD monitors are often called flat panel monitors because they are flat and thin. These are the types of screens that are used in most laptop computers, and they are also becoming very popular for desktop computers. LCD screens are softer than CRT glass screens, so they require some extra tender loving care. Keep your fingers and sharp objects away from these screens since they are susceptible to damage and scratches.

Use a soft dry cotton cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges from the screen. If this does not completely remove the dirt and splotches, use a small amount of isopropyl alcohol on the cleaning cloth that has been dampened with water. (A small amount of vinegar can be substituted for the isopropyl alcohol.) Again, spray the liquid on the cloth and never directly onto the screen. Do not use paper towels on an LCD screen as they can scratch the screen. Never use ammonia, ammonia-based cleaners, or strong cleaners which can cause the surface to yellow and become brittle.

It is good to have a special clean cloth that is dedicated to use on the LCD screen. Donít pick up any old rag, as dirt particles in the rag can scratch the surface of the screen. Special LCD cleaning cloths are available and can be an excellent investment.

The best cleaning method is to stroke the cloth across the display in one direction, moving from the top of the display to the bottom.
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 11:20 AM

Uhmmm, I'm pretty sure you shouldn't use any kind of alchohol on LCD screens, as it can ruin the protective coating. That's what my manufactuer said.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 12:57 AM

I used alcohol prep pads on my LCD monitor but the smudges aren't going away. I can still see spots of sneeze smudges.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 01:36 AM

I used alcohol prep pads on my LCD monitor but the smudges aren't going away. I can still see spots of sneeze smudges.

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 09:28 AM

Actually, this post of mine was probably "over the edge" of common decency (not to mention gross and revolting) - so I've engaged in self-censorship and have removed it. :thumbsup:

Edited by usasma, 29 October 2006 - 09:29 AM.

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 02:15 AM

TMI (Too Much Information) :thumbsup:


Probably, but whatever the residue smudges are aren't going away.
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