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Instructions for cleaning LCD screens. Your LCD television and monitor or laptop is designed with liquid crystal technology. These screens are very sensitive to the touch and can be easily damaged. Also, because the screens are not made of glass, ingredients typical to glass treatment agents, such as ammonia, should not be used on your laptop or flat screen monitor.

Cleaning an LCD monitor or Laptop Screen. Dust can quickly accumulate on the display of your TV, computer monitor, or laptop screen. That will strain reading ease and clarity. Clean your screen whenever it's necessary, but do it correctly to avoid scratches or degeneration of screen quality.Cleaning an LCD monitor or Laptop Screen

Care when cleaning LCD screens. These displays are not constructed to be touched. It is very important for you to exercise care in the handling of your liquid crystal display, because it is a liquid crystal display rather than a glass display. The tiny dots that make up the images on the screen are each a separate transistor/crystal. Pressure can "crack" pixels easily, and even the "rough" surface of paper towels may scratch the display surface. When the pixels are damaged, black spots fill those areas of your monitor.

Pressing and poking, whether with a dull object such as your finger, or a sharp object, such as a pen or knife, typically damages far more than one individual pixel. Imagine not being able to read lines of text on your screen, or lose image visibility in a section of your television! Extensive damage will obliterate entire areas of imaging. Therefore, keep your fingers and other objects away from the display. If you need to point out text or image details to others, "point" them out electronically by using the mouse pointer. Alternately, add a computer filter over the surface which will help prevent accidental contact, such as our LCD Screen Protector; or you can maintain a distance between any "pointer" and the display's surface.

Using the correct materials when you're dusting your monitor display. When dust, pet hair, or other dirt builds up on the display, it is important to clean the surface. Prior to treating your unit, unplug it. Then, use a soft cloth such as soft, untreated eyeglass cloths or micro fiber cleaning cloths, rather than tissues. Also, use the correct solution. Be aware that you should not use any product containing ammonia or ethanol, as these components will degrade LCD screens. Make certain the commercial computer monitor cleanser you purchase specifically states that it is for use as a screen cleaner. Instead of buying a commercial cleaner, some people make their own solution using 50% isopropyl alcohol and 50% distilled water (tap water may leave mineral spots).

Spray the cloth, not the monitor. When cleaning LCDs, laptops or televisions, make sure they are unplugged. Do not place or spray the liquid directly onto your notebook or TV. Instead, dampen the special cloth slightly with the cleanser and then gently wipe your screen in a consistent motion, such as counter clockwise, rather than haphazard motions. Use the cleaner sparingly to avoid the leakage of excess fluid into the keypad.

All these suggestions apply equally to laptop displays as well as your other LCD monitors.

Read your manufacturer's cleaning suggestions. Check your owner's manual for instructions from the manufacturer regarding their suggested methods.

Using a protective computer filter minimizes opportunity for dirt or damage to your LCD.  Placing a glare filter over your computer monitor or attaching a protective cover over your laptop display provides added protection against damage or the build-up of dirt. Check our Computer filter and Glare filters by clicking on the image below for information about the various glare, privacy, and protective filters available.


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