It is inevitable that your screen will collect dust, dirt and fingerprints with the passage of time. But beyond all this, keep the screen clean is important for several reasons that we explain below: a screen dirty will affect the contrast and brightness of your monitor, which will display the dreaded visual fatigue, since it will force you to start to squint to see the screen more clearly. Although the dirt will not cause serious damage or long-term to the screen of the computer, you can markedly impair the user experience in front of the monitor. On the other hand, a screen dirty nor does it seem exactly professional and can give an image very poor, especially if you’re working with clients or in a meeting. We tell you step-by-step and with all luxury of detail how to clean the screen of the computer.
Follow the steps outlined below and you will get to keep clean your screen without damaging it in the attempt (yes, cleaning it improperly can have fatal consequences).
Some previous warnings
While it may be tempting to reach for a bottle of Windex or some other product of general cleansing of surfaces but don’t do it! Products with harsh chemicals may well be to cleaning windows or counter tops, but can wreak havoc on the monitors of the computer and wear down the protective coatings. There are many cleaning liquids on the market targeted specifically to computer monitors, and while these products certainly work, it is not necessary to spend this money on them if you do not want to; the distilled water should be sufficient for most of the components of the monitor, and you can even mix a little white vinegar to get rid of a dirt still more obstinate.
In addition, you should avoid paper towels, rags, t-shirts, old or other of the materials commonly in use to clean the surfaces of your home. The monitors are more delicate than they look, and these fabrics, even paper towels, are sufficiently abrasive as to scratch the screen, especially if you used to clean other surfaces where it could have accumulated sand. A microfiber cloth, the type that you can use to clean your glasses or vinyl records is the most secure option, but, yes, make sure it is free of dirt or grime before passing it through the screen.
Step 1: turn off the screen
In the first place, it is easier to see stains and other elements on a black screen, so turning off the monitor makes it easier to see what you’re doing and how you are cleaning. Doing it this way is also more safe for you and your computer, since cleaning the monitor while it is powered on and all the activated pixels may damage the screen or potentially provoke an electric shock unpleasant. So who better, turn it off.
Step 2: clean the screen with a cloth
If the dust is the only thing that messes up your screen, a quick wipe should be enough to finish him and leave it gleaming. Take a microfiber cloth and gently rubbed the screen with long strokes. We can’t emphasize enough that debeas be extremely careful, as pressing too much the screen can damage the pixels internal.
If the dirt is more resistant than the dust, in this case we recommend that you use some type of liquid specific insurance for this type of products. You can use a cleaning liquid, soft designed for monitors, but as mentioned above, the water should be enough. It is best to use filtered or distilled water, since tap water may contain minerals or other substances that can damage the screen or leave streaks that you amargarán the day. Add a little white vinegar to the water if the dirt resists.
Regardless of the liquid you use, do not spray directly on the monitor, as it may drip to the edge of the screen. If this happens, it could leak into the monitor and damage the electronics it contains. Spray or apply a little liquid over the cloth, draining the excess liquid and gently wipe the monitor with wide movements.
Step 3: let it dry
Dry gently the monitor with a microfiber cloth or let it dry it just a little bit. To avoid any electrical damage or moisture, make sure your screen is completely dry before turning the power back on.
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