If you have kids, at some point you will sit at your computer or TV…. with it’s HD quality screen, only to see a handprint over the area you are trying to see. First reaction is to go grab the windex… DON’T. There are many ways to harm LCD and LED screens. They don’t have a protective class over them like Old TV’s and CRT monitors did. Most screens now are made of MANY layers of plastics, gasses, adhesives, display elements, and many other materials that can be damaged by things like windex, and water. So here is a quick list of things not to do when cleaning your screen.
-Never use alcohol or ammonia-based cleaning fluid on your screen.
-Never use paper towels or general purpose cleaning rags.
-Don’t spray a liquid directly on the screen. (Even with approved cleaners)
-Don’t use your fingernail or a sharp object to remove stubborn stains.
As for how to actually clean it…. First start with a microfiber cloth or a cloth designed for cleaning electronics. Next clean it with a dry cloth first, remove all dust and dirt. Next, if you need, use some warm water and a SMALL amount of dish soap. Be sure after to use another clean cloth that is damp with warm water to rinse off any soap residue. And finally Dry it with a clean microfiber cloth.
Remember this applies to mostly LCD and LED laptop and TV screens. Touchscreens, Plasma’s, and other screens are different as they are usually covered in glass. Each device is different, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask your local Village Geek.