How To Clean a Laptop Screen

Chris Campbell11 Jan 2022

Laptop screens can get filthy. It's an inevitable reality of life. It’s a serious issue since it may discreetly cover a laptop's screen, or even disrupt the colours or brightness. Whether it's the touchscreen of a 2-in-1 or the standard screen of a foldable laptop, there could be specks of mysterious spots and streaks in your line of sight. It's a bothersome distraction but you just can't simply wipe it off.  Some dirt warrants the use of a soft cloth, while others demand a more aggressive cleaning solution.

There are several kinds of screens, and the cleaning methods vary depending on the screen’s surface. It's vital to understand how to clean your particular screen since the active components in cleaning solutions might disrupt the screen display or cause irreversible damage such as streaks and abrasions.

Cleaning a screen needs a more careful touch than cleaning the rest of your devices. Some cleansers are abrasive, and applying too much liquid may cause your laptop and display to short out. Nonetheless, unlike other devices, a glass screen or LCD monitor may readily accumulate bothersome streaks.

How To Clean a Laptop Screen at Home

You probably don't think about cleaning your laptop screen when you're doing your weekly housekeeping duties. As a result of leaving it open for too long, you may see that dust has settled on your screen, or that the keyboard has transferred some grease and oil right to the middle of your display.

A laptop screen is prone to smears, gunks, and fingerprints. But how can you clear it without damaging your laptop?   Is there something at home that can get the job done without damaging the screen?

The answer is yes. You can make your own homemade laptop screen cleaner to remove dust, dirt, and oily smears and streaks without causing damage to your screen. You can either use distilled water and white vinegar or alcohol. We'll show you how to make and use these solutions below.

  1. When it comes to learning how to clean an LCD display, the procedure is rather simple. The first thing you should do is switch off your laptop and unplug the display to avoid being electrocuted or risking electric damage while cleaning.
  2. Combine your solution in a spray bottle. It is critical that you use the correct water to stop leaving mineral stains on your screen.
  3. The first step in cleaning a laptop or Mac screen is to use a soft, lint-free cloth to dry-wipe the screen. Don't ever use a paper towel, tissue paper, toilet paper, or old rags because they might damage the screen or leave lines in the screen that are irreversible. 
  4. Gently wipe your screen down, and make sure to wipe all the way to the edges and corners of your screen.  If the dirt does not come off easily while dry wiping, do not apply extra pressure. Laptop displays are highly sensitive, and using too much pressure when cleaning them might cause irreversible harm. When you apply too much pressure to these delicate panels, the pixels might be destroyed.
  5. Pour your ingredients into a spray bottle and shake to blend. Directly spritz the cleaner onto a clean, microfibre cloth or soft cotton rag.
  6. Gently wipe the cloth all across your screen in a circular motion. Please keep in mind that you should never spray the solution directly. Spraying your cleaner directly onto the screen causes the liquid to flow down the screen and into the bezels, allowing the fluid full access to the interior of your monitor. While you may be able to detect it before it does more harm, it is preferable to squirt your cleaning product on a microfiber cloth and wipe the screen down rather than directly applying the screen.

How To Clean a Laptop Screen Without Streaks

A filthy computer screen could be quite distracting when attempting to work. Spend five minutes cleaning your screen with two simple materials you can easily find at home, and you'll be focusing on work with your streak-free laptop screen in no time.

All you need is distilled water and white vinegar. You also need a soft cotton rag or microfiber cloth, a spray bottle, and an eyeglass cleaning cloth.

  1. Fill a spray bottle halfway with distilled water and the other half with white vinegar. A half-cup of each are all that's needed.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth or a soft cotton rag to wipe the solution onto the screen. Don't use paper towels or toilet paper to wipe your monitor, since these things could damage your screen.
  3. Start by making small, circular motions as you wipe throughout the screen until you've covered the whole surface. Use an eyeglass cloth to repeat this process.
  4. Clean any additional smudges from your laptop with the solution.

All done! Distracting smudges and streaks are a thing of the past!

How To Clean a Laptop Screen With Water

In general, no liquids should be used since they can harm your laptop's fragile surface. Even so, you'll need something to wipe with if you want to remove that stubborn gunk off the screen.

  1. Get a soft, lint-free cloth or cotton rag then wipe the dust from the monitor with it.
  2. Next, wet your lint-free cloth or cotton rag with a little bit of water. Make certain that all extra moisture is dried off. 
  3. Gently wipe the screen's surface, being careful not to get any additional liquid on or within the monitor.
  4. Allow the screen to thoroughly dry, then close your laptop.

Here are a few more things to keep in mind:

  • The keyboard frequently leaves smudges" on the screen. They're difficult to prevent and much more difficult to remove. Consider putting the soft, lint-free cloth you use to wipe the display within the laptop, between both the keyboard and screen, to help prevent stains.
  • Never spritz cleaner straight onto the screen of a laptop.

How To Clean Laptop Screen With Alcohol

You don't have to be a computer genius to realize that any liquid seeping into the hardware of your laptop means trouble. Using a liquid cleaner is one of the most common blunders individuals make while trying to clean their laptop displays. As a rule of thumb, avoid them entirely, unless you really have no choice.

If you're having trouble cleaning your screen using a dry cloth or if you're using a non-LCD laptop display and accidentally spilled something on it, there are a few harmless liquid chemicals that may be used to clean laptop screens with caution like alcohol. The secret, of course, is to avoid getting the alcohol on the speakers or keyboard and to use only a tiny quantity - only enough to erase the unclean area.

  1. Turn off your laptop and unhook the power cable and battery. Cleaning a screen while it is in use might result in lasting damage, so to be safe, shut it down rather than merely putting it to sleep. Disrupting pixels when they're still firing might lead to serious troubles for your laptop later on. Since you're dealing with a dark surface, shutting off the laptop will also help you see dust and filth better.
  2. Use a microfiber cloth. These are made from a lint-free fabric that is also extremely soft. Don't use anything that's made of paper or other fabric to clean your screen or it can leave tiny particles or even scratch your display.
  3. Wipe down your screen gently using the microfiber cloth. A few wipes should get rid of dust or loose particles that have clung to the screen. Be careful to wipe softly and without too much pressure. You might harm the screen if you push too hard.
  4. Spray a tiny amount of alcohol on your microfiber cloth. It's vital not to drench it since you don't want it to get too wet. If you spritz too much, squeeze the cloth out fully until it becomes just slightly damp. Rub the screen gently from top to bottom in a circular motion with the microfiber cloth. If you scrape the screen, you risk causing pixel burnout.
  5. You can use an additional dry microfiber cloth to wipe any leftover splotchy oils if you have one. It is critical not to leave any liquids on the display for an extended period of time, since this might harm the laptop screen.

Don’t Directly Clean Laptop Screen With Windex

Alcohol has a negative effect on modern LCD displays used in laptops. Windex includes isopropyl alcohol, sometimes known as rubbing alcohol. While a glass cleaner spray is fantastic for cleaning car windshields, it could melt the coatings on LCD monitor screens. You can use the Windex to clean only the bezel, which would be the plastic frame that surrounds the screen.

  1. Before cleaning the screen, always turn it off and unplug it. 
  2. Spritz a small amount of Windex on the cloth. Don't spray directly on the plastic, as this can easily harm the screen.
  3. Clean your laptop screen's bezel carefully with the moist cloth, being careful not to touch the screen. 
  4. Clean the nooks and other difficult-to-reach spots using a toothpick or a cotton swab. Make sure not to apply too much pressure to avoid screen damage.

Before you cave in to your urges and clean your laptop screen with anything you have at hand, STOP.  Your screen is far more sensitive than you realize so to make sure you don't damage it accidentally because you suddenly felt you need to give it TLC, you must clean it properly. The great news is that it's much easier than you think. Simply follow the steps above and you'll be staring at a squeaky clean screen in no time!

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Thanks for reading! I'm Chris, an avid tech fanatic that enjoys keeping up with the latest laptop models. Hopefully my tips & tricks can help you out!

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