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How to wipe laptop screen without damaging display: Useful tips

How to wipe laptop screen without damaging display: Useful tips How to clean a laptop screen without damaging the display (illustrative photo: Freepik)
Author: Daryna Vialko

Have you ever wondered how to clean a laptop screen? Like any object, these devices get dirty, and dust accumulates on them as a result of prolonged use. However, cleaning such a device can be a difficult task, because you need to do it carefully to avoid damaging the display, as reported by the IGN news website.

How to clean your laptop screen

Turn off your laptop

Before you do anything, turn off your laptop. Also, be sure to unplug it if it's plugged in. This will not only ensure safety, but also make it easier for you to see the millions of dust particles on your screen.

Wipe thoroughly

Use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe the screen. Do not wipe with a napkin, paper towel, or regular cloth. They can seriously damage the screen by scratching the surface.

This step is effective for getting rid of dust, and in some cases, it may be enough. However, if you see more stubborn dirt, the following tips will help you.

Use some distilled water

Add a little distilled water to the mixture. Moisten a cloth with this water and gently wipe the screen. It is very important to make sure that your water is distilled or filtered, as tap water contains invisible minerals that can damage the screen of your device.

Also, never spray water directly on the screen, but only on a cloth.

Use a screen cleaning spray

Note: You should only proceed to this step if your laptop screen is really dirty.

If you still see stains that seem to be too stubborn, use a screen cleaner spray. Spray a small amount on a cloth and start wiping.

Use isopropyl

This step is for people who don't have a screen cleaner spray.

Mix 70 percent isopropyl with 30 percent water and dampen the cloth with it. Don't underestimate the importance of adding water to the mixture; diluting the alcohol is very important.

Wipe the screen thoroughly and pay special attention to difficult areas. There is no hard rule on which motion to use, but a circular motion is recommended as it prevents streaks on the screen.

Dry the screen

Now that your laptop screen looks like new, dry it with a dry microfiber cloth. Make sure to dry it thoroughly to remove any excess moisture. Once you're sure it's completely dry, you can turn your laptop back on.

How often should you clean your laptop screen

There's no set rule about how often you should clean your screen, as it depends on your usage. If you use your laptop on a daily basis, give it a quick clean at least once a week.

If you travel with it, you may need to clean it more often. However, you don't always need to be so thorough. In most cases, a quick wipe with distilled water is sufficient.

Can I use a hair dryer to dry my screen faster?

Absolutely not. In fact, you should not use any heating elements to dry your screen. Use a dry microfiber cloth or let it air dry.

Earlier we wrote about what to do if you spill liquid on your laptop.