Your monitor gets dirty? Here’s how you can clean it in a few steps.
- Step 1: Turn off your monitor and perform a basic cleaning
- Step 2: Use cleaning solutions or water with your microfiber cloth to clean the monitor
Your computer monitor is key to productivity, but if it ends up getting dirty, we understand how it can slow you down at work, school, or play. No one likes to see smudges or dust and other marks on their computer screen. It’s not only ugly, but in the right lighting conditions, it’s also distracting. That’s why, in this guide, we’ll tell you how you can clean your computer screen in a few simple steps.
What you will need
Microfiber cleaning cloths: These will help you remove dust and debris from the screen. Please do not use paper towels or other household rags. These types of materials can scratch your screen panel.
Screen cleaning solution: Found in the hardware store on Amazon, this is what helps clean the screen to remove smudges and marks. Make sure the solution or wipe is safe for electronic devices. Do not use wipes or solutions containing bleach or soap, as this may damage your screen.
Pressurized air: You can use compressed air to dislodge large pieces of dust or debris on your monitor.
Water: Water works great as a screen cleaner when paired with a microfiber cloth.
Eveo screen cleaner
This is a screen cleaning kit that can be used to help clean your computer screen.
Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
This set of microfiber cleaning cloths will last the test of time and help you wipe down all your electronics and other items in your home.
Falcon Dust, excluding compressed gas
This is a can of air that can be used to clean computer monitors, televisions, keyboards, etc.
Step 1: Turn off your monitor and perform a basic cleaning
To begin the cleaning process, make sure you have unplugged your monitor from power, turned it off, and allowed it to cool. Also unplug any cables that may be connected. This will ensure that you won’t get electrocuted or damage the screen during the initial cleaning. Also, please do not use any screen cleaning solutions yet. This is a basic cleaning to remove debris and dust.
- Hold a microfiber cloth in your hand or fold it up if the cloth is too big.
- Hold the cloth in front of the screen and over the screen in areas where there are marks or debris.
- Wipe the cloth over the screen to remove dust or smudges. Do not rub the cloth too much, as this may crack the screen.
- With the front of the screen clean, flip the monitor over so the screen is facing you.
- Use your can of compressed air and blow out larger pieces of dust or debris from the back of the monitor, vents, or any other surface.
- Feel free to wipe down the back of the monitor as well.
This basic wiping and cleaning is now complete. Next, we’ll move on to using the liquid solution to wipe down your monitor’s screen and chassis.
Step 2: Use cleaning solutions or water with your microfiber cloth to clean the monitor
In this second step, you will use the screen cleaning solution or water. This will clean your computer screen a bit more thoroughly than the basic wiping. Keep in mind, however, that you should not spray a solution directly on your screen. This can cause solution to seep into gaps and damage components.
- Spray the cleaning solution into your microfiber cloth, being careful not to soak it. Simply dampen the cloth. If you’re using water, just lightly run water over the cloth.
- Hold the cloth against the screen and start rubbing it gently. Repeat the pattern until the entire screen has been wiped, but don’t apply too much pressure.
- Allow the screen to dry, then take a second microfiber cloth and repeat the same rubbing pattern to remove any marks the solution may have left.
- If desired, flip your monitor over so the screen is away from you and repeat steps 2 and 3 to clean the back, sides, and other areas that aren’t just the screen.
Step 3: Reconnect your cables and power
In this final step, you can now plug the cables you removed back into the monitor. If you don’t know where the cables go, you can check the markings on the ports and match the connections. If you were using a USB-C keyyou can also plug the cables into the dongle instead of your PC.
And that’s how you can clean your computer screen in three steps. We hope you enjoy your fresh, clean monitor! While you’re at it, we also have a guide which explains how you can clean your laptop screen.