How to Clean LCD Screens

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How to Clean LCD Screens
LCD computer screen (Phil Romans

LCD screens are great for saving space and electricity. They are also more affordable than CRT screens and usually produce a better quality picture. However, LCD screens tend to become just as dirty as other types of screens but are more difficult to clean and protect. While the benefits of using an LCD screen are numerous, cleaning them can be extremely difficult. Moreover, improper cleaning can damage the display, burn the pixels or leave unsightly streaks from one end of the screen to the other. Fortunately, you need not purchase expensive commercial products to use on your LCD TV screen or computer monitor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 70-percent isopropyl alcohol
  • Distilled water
  • Spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloth

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    How to Clean LCD Screens

  1. 1

    Mix equal parts of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water in a clean spray bottle. Do not use tap water or you will risk leaving streaks on your LCD screen when you are finished cleaning it.

  2. 2

    Turn off your television or monitor, and make certain it is cool before proceeding.

  3. 3

    Spray some of your cleaning solution directly onto a microfiber cloth. Do not spray the solution directly onto your screen.

  4. 4

    Wipe your LCD screen gently, but thoroughly, from top to bottom. If water drips or runs down your screen, you cloth is too wet.

  5. 5

    Repeat Step 3 and Step 4 until the screen is completely clean or until the cloth becomes too dirty or wet to continue. Use a second cloth to finish the job, if necessary.

  6. 6

    Turn the LCD television or monitor back on once the screen has dried completely. Check carefully for any areas that you may have missed that are now visible.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use tissues, rags, sponges or paper towels to clean your LCD screen. These items can cause significant damage to your screen and they often leave lint pieces behind.

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