Today, for whatever reason, I noticed that my flat-panel LCD monitor (LCD – Liquid Crystal Display) had a smudge on it and was yelling “Clean Me”…
Most of the time when we decide to clean the monitor it is at a time when we are not really prepared to do it. We’re sitting there and it is something obvious (like a smudge, a fingerprint, a bug etc.) that catches our attention and motivates us to to perform a cleaning. As a result of this, we end up using glass cleaner and paper towels, which is a big “NO, NO”… Paper towels or any paper product for that matter contains micro-particles that can scratch the monitor; AND glass cleaners contain chemicals that can damage the optical coating.
5 Step Process:
Turn “OFF” the monitor (actually turn “off” everything including the computer, etc. OR better yet unplug the monitor from its’ power source).
If available, use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles. Believe it or not, dust particles can causing scratches.
Use a lint free soft cloth, dampen it with “water”, and gently wipe the screen off. Do Not Spray liquid directly on the screen.
Use a lint free “dry” soft cloth to finish the job.
Post a sign, “Touch my screen and you’re a goner!” For some reason, some people have to be all “touchy feely” with monitors. LCD screens are not designed to be touched.
If your LCD monitor is really dirty, there are commercial LCD monitor cleaning solutions and micro-fiber cloths available at most office supply stores.