How to Clean a Laptop Screen
Whether you’re working on a laptop or sitting in front of a monitor at work, your computer screen is likely to get a little bit germy. For the most, Dust is a significant concern – It can silently coat the screen or a monitor of a computer and disturb the colors or the brightness of the screen. You may also need to fight oily fingerprints. Others may be worried about viruses and bacteria during the flu season – especially since most may live on surfaces for several days, including the novel coronavirus, which is why Centers for disease control and prevention recommends that people disinfect “surfaces with high contact” whenever possible. However, cleaning the screen is more complicated than wiping the rest of the laptop. Some cleaning agents can be abrasive, and using too much liquid can cause your computer and monitor to short out. And yet, unlike other electronic devices, a glass screen or an LCD monitor can easily attract annoying stripes (just like stainless steel).
Most importantly, says Carolyn Forte, the director of the cleaning laboratory of the Good Housekeeping Institute, is that people should avoid Windex or any other glass cleaner you would find in the cleaning cycle. “Windows is very different from laptop screens. Moreover, the most common form of Windex [the plain variety] is not intended for disinfection, so it doesn’t kill germs as a real disinfectant does, “she explains Remove streaks on the glass. According to Forte, using a clean microfiber cloth before and after trying to clean your laptop’s screen is the right way to remove streaks or imperfections – and tA real disinfectant could better kill germs and remove them from your screen.
A note on the different degrees of cleaning: Some laptop users may only be able to do this disinfect your screen, which defines the CDC as “[lowering] the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level due to commercial cleaners that contain certain chemicals. Others may be complete depending on the type of screen used to disinfect the surface that “completely kills germs on surfaces or objects” and “further reduces the risk of infection spreading overall.”
Here Forte addresses some questions about cleaning your laptop or computer screen, which can be a completely different process for Mac and PC users. It also shares a process that allows you to safely remove Dust, oily stains, and germs without endangering your machine.
What cleaning agent can I use to clean my computer screen?
It’s a common question, but the answer is complicated. There are hundreds of laptop manufacturers, and more when it comes to monitors, and they all advertise different solutions. It depends on whether the glass is part of your laptop’s screen or not: this is often the case for Mac users, but some PC models may not have a glass cover over their LCD screens. In doubt, If possible, read the user manual or contact the manufacturer of your laptop online via email or on-site to find out more, says Forte.
Apple has just updated his advice for his customers due to requests around the steady rise of the novel corona virusThis makes it clear that products such as Clorox disinfectant wipes can be safely used on their products if used carefully – but some devices like that Apple Pro Display XDR may have their own instructions that are independent of the general recommendations of the manufacturer.
According to Forte, most Apple laptops and monitors – or all laptops with glass-protected screens – can be wiped with Lysol disinfectant wipes that were readily advertised Safe to use with electronics for years. Because laptops are handled routinely, according to Forte, you shouldn’t aim to completely disinfect your device because it won’t stay disinfected for long. While Lysol wipes, in particular, You must remain wet on hard surfaces for 4 minutes to safely kill viruses and bacteria. You don’t need to let your screen air dry until you’ve wiped it enough. Simply wiping the surface will primarily disinfect your screen.
Notice: Like any other device, you never want to spray detergent directly on the screen – it could penetrate the cracks and crevices of your laptop, Forte says. “You want to make sure that no excess water, detergent, or liquid gets into your laptop. Always spray a cloth first when trying to use aerosols or sprays.”
How to safely use Lysol wipes to disinfect a non-LCD laptop screen:
- Be sure too Disconnect your laptop from the power source and turn it off if possible (Do the same for monitors).
- First, Use a clean microfiber cloth to wipe your screen; If possible, remove Dust, scratches, and other fingerprints at the surface level.
- Then wring out a Lysol disinfectant wipe to make sure it’s not oversaturated. You can Wipe the screen of your laptop carefully onceBe careful not to touch any openings (including connectors or speakers).
- Let your screen air dry. If streaks have developed afterward, according to Forte, you should wipe them again with a clean microfiber cloth, as this additional friction can help remove more germs and even out any streaks. If you don’t have a clean microfiber cloth, you can immerse one in boiling water to remove any germs (let it air dry), says Forte, or simply with a laundry disinfectant (e.g., Lysol’s version).
Can I clean my laptop screen with soap and water?
If you have a PC laptop equipped with a normal LCD screen, You should Not Use disinfectant wipes because manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard say active ingredients in Clorox and Lysol wipes could damage your screen. This HP customer support website explains why: “Do not use any of the following chemicals or solutions containing them: Acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or Methyl chloride, “It’s called.” Plastic and glass cleaners containing ammonia can leave a dazzling film …”
Then should you use soap? Forte makes it clear that you shouldn’t worry about it for cleaning with water and soap an LCD screen if you can’t use a Lysol wipe at all. Some types of soap may contain the ingredients that are known to affect LCD screens – and even then, Forte explains that dry microfiber cloths would do a better job of soap than actually lifting and removing germs. Microfiber cloths are made from special fibers. According to Forte, they have a larger surface area to trap dirt, grime, and germs, and they’re better edged to remove bacteria from your screen. While A dry microfiber cloth does not disinfect an LCD screen or disinfection, and a Lysol wipe that you can use to wipe your screen habit Expose it to the risk of permanent damage that cleaning agents could cause.
“LCD screens are constantly collecting stains and scratches. To clean them, choose a non-abrasive cloth or towel. Turn off the computer and unplug the power cord. Gently wipe the LCD screen with a soft, dry cloth, “says the recommendations on the HP support page. “If there are marks left, moisten the cloth with an LCD cleaner and then gently wipe the cloth in one direction over the display, moving from top to bottom.”
There are products for cleaning LCD monitors Available from online retailers such as Amazon or in computer stores, but Forte recommends reviewing the list of ingredients in the product to ensure that none of the above ingredients are included. And like Windex, she says it’s probably not meant to actually disinfect or disinfect your LCD screen.
Should I be worried about my keyboard?
Since your keyboard is connected to your laptop, you may be wondering whether you shouldn’t use disinfectants on this surface, either. Apple claims you shouldn’t use that solvent-based abrasive or cleaning agents “This could damage the finish,” while all PC laptop manufacturers have different instructions (HP previously said that soap is fine). Forte says you shouldn’t be afraid to wipe your keyboard with an alcohol wipe after taking the time to clean your laptop’s screen. Despite official recommendations, keyboards are made with non-porous plastic keys, explains Forte that they shouldn’t be affected by controlled amounts of alcohol If you make sure that no liquid or water gets into your actual keyboard.
Just like cleaning your screen, make sure your computer is turned off and not connected, and start over with a clean microfiber cloth. They wipe away any raw materials, Dust, or particles that have stuck between or under your keys. Both Forte and Apple experts recommend Hold your laptop at a 75-degree angle and use a can of compressed air to ensure that any foreign objects that get stuck between the keys are blown away before wiping it further. Finally, dip a clean microfiber cloth or a large cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol to clean your keyboard.
You need to make sure that everything you use to wipe your keys is not soaked (again, you don’t want the liquid to drip!). Gently wipe the top of your keys and let them air dry on their own. If your keys are not raised as much as traditional keyboards – sometimes especially with Apple products – you can take an extra precaution by using a Q-Tip instead of a cloth or swab. You will find that this way, you can apply the alcohol directly to each key, avoiding the key openings on its sides.
Conclusion: It is clear that manufacturers of laptops and computer accessories have various recommendations for cleaning surfaces with disinfectants. While these cleaners can contain solvents or other potentially abrasive cleaners, they are designed to actually kill germs. Soap and water, or a microfiber cloth alone, do not have the same cleaning power as disinfectants but may be a safer alternative if you are concerned about how your computer may work.