How to Clean a Laptop Screen

Last Edited: October 31, 2018 | Published: July 11, 2017 by

How to Clean a Laptop Screen

It may seem like such a simple thing, but really many people have no idea how to clean a laptop screen. Many never bother to do it, while others do it and often do it wrong. However, you invested a lot of money into your laptop, you don’t want buy a new one, at least not yet. Today, we will give you a short, but very handy guide to teach you how to clean a laptop screen.

Materials You Need

The materials you will need are really very simple, but you can’t just use any old cloth and household cleaner to get the job done. Here’s what you will need:

  • Water
  • Two Lint-free clothes or wipes
  • LCD cleaner (optional)

As you can see, there isn’t much you need to properly clean your screen, so you have no excuse for having a dirty screen!

Basic Cleaning Techniques

Before you begin, power off your laptop. For bonus points, unplug the power cable and pull out the battery (if you can).

Cleaning Using Water

First, let’s look at how you clean your screen with good old fashioned water. While water is a laptop’s nemesis, if used correctly, it does a great job at cleaning your screen.

  1. Dip one of your lint free clothes into the water.
  2. Squeeze out the cloth to remove any excess water. We want the cloth damp, not soaked.
  3. Rub the screen’s surface gently being careful not to allow any water to drip from the cloth.
  4. Using the remaining cloth, dry off the screen and then give the laptop a few minutes to dry out completely before you plug it in and turn it on.

Using LCD Cleaner

If you have purchased LCD cleaner from your local electronics store, you can substitute it in place of the water. Just like water, make sure you power off your laptop before you continue.

  1. Spray the cleaner onto one of your lint-free cloths.
  2. If you use too much, squeeze out the excess.
  3. Gently rub the screen but don’t allow any cleaner to run down the screen into the laptop.
  4. Using the dry cloth, dry off the screen gently and allow the laptop to dry.

Keyboard Marks on the Screen

One common problem we encounter with laptops are keyboard marks on the screen. This is a huge problem on Apple’s MacBook line.When the lid is closed, the pressure allows dirt and other grime to be transferred to the screen. In more extreme cases, these marks can become permanent. However, with regular cleaning, you can minimize these chances.

If this happens, you use the same technique that we discussed above but you may have to scrub a little harder and faster to get rid of it. Just be careful not to push too hard as too much pressure can damage the screen.

Other Tips

Here are a few other tips to help you clean your screen the right way:

  • Do not use paper towels, the rough paper can damage a laptop screen.
  • Do not use alcohol or ammonia-based products as these can strip the anti-glare coating on screens.
  • Never squirt the cleaner or water directly on the screen. Always put it on the cloth first and remove any excess before you touch the cloth to the screen.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to take care of the outside of your laptop as much as it is the inside. Depending on your usage, you may not have to clean your machine as often, but at a bare minimum I would recommend giving the case and the screen a cleaning at least once a month. This will ensure that your machine stays in tip top shape and looks good at the same time.

About the author

Matt Garrett

Matt is an IT professional with over fifteen years experience supporting network infrastructure and computers. An avid gamer, Matt enjoys his time playing and writing about his experiences both in the IT world and in the gaming communities. You can find more of his writing for LaptopNinja where he enjoys talking about everything tech.

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