How To Clean A Laptop Screen Safely

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How To Clean A Laptop Screen Safely

Wondering how to clean your laptop screen safely without damaging it? Here's what to do.

The screen of a laptop is the most sensitive part of it. It’s very delicate and can easily be damaged if not handled with care. If you’re planning to clean your laptop screen yourself, it’s important to make sure that you don’t scratch or damage it.

So, how to clean a laptop screen without damaging it? Well, we have a few tips for you. Let's get started!

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How To Clean A Laptop Screen Safely

Laptop screens tend to accumulate dust, fingerprints and smudges over time. Besides being an eyesore, these unwanted particles can obstruct the view of your laptop screen. So, it’s important to clean your laptop screen periodically.

Here is how to clean a laptop screen safely:

Gather your tools

The first step is to set up your workspace (cleaning space) and gather all the necessary tools for the purpose. Having the right tools makes the cleaning process easy and effective.

Place your laptop on a flat surface in a dust-free, well-lit environment. To clean your laptop screen, you will need microfibre cloths (or screen wipes) and distilled water (or a cleaning spray).

Use a soft cloth to wipe away dust and fingerprints

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Assuming that your laptop is off, let's start the process. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe away dust and other loose debris. Start in the centre and gently wipe the screen in a circular motion.

You should use a microfiber cloth or screen wipes because they won’t scratch the surface of your laptop screen. Abrasive or rough clothes can scratch your screen, so avoid them at all costs.

Use a cleaning solution to remove stubborn stains

A cleaning solution will help remove stubborn stains from the screen. You can get the Flawless screen cleaner spray with a microfiber cloth for around $16 from Amazon. You can also use distilled water for this purpose.

Lightly dab the cleaning solution onto a microfiber cloth and gently wipe down the screen until the entire surface becomes clean and no longer has dust or dirt. Start in the centre and do circular motions for best results.

Let it dry

Once the laptop is cleaned, use a fresh, dry microfibre cloth to absorb any remaining cleaning liquid. Then wait for some time for the screen to air dry before turning it back on.

Enjoy your clean, spotless laptop screen!

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Is It Ok To Clean A Laptop Screen With Water?

While you can use water to clean your laptop screen, we'd recommend that you never spray water directly onto your screen. You are far safer spraying it (or an alternative cleaning solution) onto your cleaning cloth. This will reduce the risk of excess moisture making its way into the components of your laptop and causing damage.

And if you live in a hard-water area, then you'd be better off using an alternative cleaning product such as the one we highlighted earlier, or distilled water. Hard water contains lots of minerals such as calcium and magnesium. While these minerals can be good for you, they aren't so great for your laptop screen.