Most computer users are becoming accustomed to having LCD monitors which are fast replacing CRTs. LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display and were first seen mostly on laptops, however, LCD monitors are becoming the norm as flat panel monitors rule the roost.
LCD monitors are much softer and therefore require more careful cleaning than CRT monitors. Before you begin cleaning your monitor read the manufacturer’s instructions on caring for your equipment.
* Lint free cleaning rag
* Vinegar or rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol and not ethyl alcohol as this type can lead to yellowing of the screen)
* Water (experts suggest using distilled water as mineral deposits may build up over time from regular tap water)
* Compressed air
You can choose to buy a commercial cleaner at an office or computer supply store, but these are normally just a fifty-fifty mix of water and isopropyl alcohol which you can make at home. Your home-made cleaner will also be cheaper.
What to do
* Use the compressed air to get rid of loose dirt
* Dampen the cloth with the fluid (never place liquid directly onto the screen)
* Always clean your monitor from top-to-bottom, wiping in one direction only. This will minimize streaks as you will more easily control the distribution of dirt as you clean and will not accidentally leave an area unclean.
* To clean the housing, that is, the section that holds in the screen, a cloth dampened with soap and water can be used. If something was accidentally spilled on the monitor, use water to dampen the cleaning cloth before wiping it off. Cleaners, especially commercial ones, may interact with what was spilled and cause serious damage to the monitor.
Major “Don’ts” for cleaning LCD monitors
* Avoid using window cleaners on your monitor, especially those made of ammonia, acetone, chloride/chlorine and of course ethyl/ethanol alcohol.
* Try not to scratch your LCD monitor with your finger nail or other sharp objects
* Never use paper towels on your monitor as it will make microscopic scratches that, while invisible to the naked eye, will over time cause image quality to deteriorate
* Pushing your monitor with your fingers will cause the pixels to burn out and create dark spots so avoid touching the screen as much as possible You can give your monitor a quick dusting while it is on, but it will be difficult to see if you got everywhere, so for a full-blown computer cleaning unplug the monitor.