Tips for Cleaning a Laptop LCD Display, Flat Screen TV or Monitor

Caring for a Laptop LCD Display, Flat Screen Monitor, or Flat Screen TV

Displays are expensive. And you probably want yours to last a long time, so why not take good care of it? It should probably go without saying that great care should be taken when eating or drinking near a laptop or other display because sometimes even the smallest amount of water in the wrong spot can short out the internal components. Not to mention food and drink gets the keyboard and screen all dirty and gross!

Also, make sure you never pick up your laptop or monitor by the screen. This could cause damage to the screen. Make sure to pick it up from underneath to avoid potential damage. If your laptop LCD has been damaged, most times it can be fixed.

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Flat screen monitors can be LCD, LED or plasma technology, and their surface is more-easily scratched or damaged than the old CRT monitors which had glass screens. Make sure you take a little additional care when cleaning your flat screen, whether it be a flat screen monitor, laptop screen or TV.

Tips for Cleaning a Flat Screen Monitor or Laptop LCD Display

Below are some easy guidelines for cleaning your laptop screen, flat screen monitor or TV in just a few minutes.

Here’s How:

  1. Make sure the monitor or laptop is turned off.
  2. Very gently wipe the screen with a dry, soft cloth, such as a micro-fiber cloth.
  3. If the screen still appears dirty, dampen the cloth with distilled water or with an equal ratio of distilled water to white vinegar, and gently wipe the display again. (Special LCD cleaner can also be purchased at many stores).
  4. The plastic frame around the screen can be cleaned with the same solution or with most multipurpose cleaners, but take care to avoid contact with the screen itself if using a multi-purpose cleaner.
  5. Enjoy your clean screen!


  1. Don’t use paper towels, tissues, or your shirt to wipe the screen; these  materials can scratch the display as well as leave fibers behind.
  2. Don’t use cleaning products containing acetone, ammonia, ethyl acid, ethyl alcohol, methyl chloride, or toluene. These chemicals can cause damage and discoloration to your screen.
  3. Avoid spraying liquid directly on your LCD, LED, or plasma screen to ensure that the liquid does not seep into the internal components causing damage.