5 Ways Not To Clean Your Screen

For the sake of longevity, it is always worth while keeping your equipment in the best possible condition. One of the ways that you can do this is to include your computers, laptops, tablets and phones in your regular cleaning routine.

Ensuring your screens are clean not only enables better vision, it also cuts down on unwanted germs, especially for phone screens which are exposed to the outside world on an everyday basis. But to make sure you don’t damage them, you should avoid cleaning your screen with the following five things.

5 Things Not To Use To Clean Your Screens:

  1. Glass Cleaner
  2. Soap
  3. Vinegar
  4. Air
  5. Paper Towels

Glass Cleaner: Your computer monitor screen is much like any other glass surface in your household, right? Therefore, why not use window cleaner to make it sparkle? Phones often come with a protective film over the screen and glass cleaner can strip this away. Using window cleaner can strip the anti-reflective coatings off screens, cause clouding, or otherwise damage your screen. You should never spray any cleaning fluid directly onto any monitor. When liquid reaches the edge of a monitor’s display panel it will damage all of the other fine and very thin materials that make up your monitor and/or screen.

Soap: The adverts assure us that “this” brand of hand or dish soap is so gentle it will not damage your hands – so if it’s this gentle it would be ok for our screens too. No, it wouldn’t. Whilst we are not disputing how gentle these soaps are, to make use of them you must add water. And we all know that water and computers, and water and phones do not sit well together and no amount of “leave it in rice” will remedy soaping up your technology.

Vinegar: Quite apart from your phone smelling like a fish and chip shop, vinegar is not a good option for screen cleaning. Vinegar (or alcohol) will strip the oleophobic (oil-repellent) coating. Even if you think that you have a glass screen, that screen is probably coated with things that aren’t as durable and chemically resistant as glass and vinegar, like glass cleaner, will damage these coatings.

Air: Oh come on now, what can be harmful about air? Well, we’re talking compressed air here, the stuff you can use to blow the dust out of some computer desktop towers. Apple specifically list compressed air as a no-no for all of their phones, and for general advice on all screens the air can place too much pressure on screens that are intrinsically delicate as well as blowing into areas that can cause further damage to your equipment.

Paper Towels: The go-to, reliable piece of kit for any cleaning job, paper towels are used for pretty much any scenario – except for cleaning your screens. It may not appear so to the naked eye, but if you were to look at paper towels under a microscope you would see that they are, in fact, quite abrasive, and at the risk of rinse and repeating…. Your Screens Are Delicate.  Using paper towels or any other general cleaning rag can drag particles you may not have spotted across the screen and cause further damage.

So what should you use to clean your screens? After lightly wiping the screen with a dry and clean microfiber cloth, try using screen wipes that are made specifically for cleaning computer monitors, laptop and phone screens, of which there are a wide variety available. We leave the specific brand down to you, but here’s a link to what Amazon have to offer.

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