How to clean a computer screen
Professionalism is a trait to possess attitude, neatness, and maintenance in every trail of business. Imagine, if you are designated as Marketing Manager, and you have prepared a presentation to direct all your executives. You are intensive and well equipped with your speech. But instead of concentrating on your submission, your colleagues are focusing on the big trail spot of dirt on the screen and mocking about it. Alas! all your hard work will go into vain.
Indeed, this is a lack of professionalism. You are demeaning your attitude in front of all your juniors. For most of us, computer dirt is a primary concern. It not only covers your screen with dust but also upset your screen’s display quality. Keeping your computer screen is a good habit one should pursue. You can focus on your work efficiently with a clean computer, but a messy monitor causes more strain to your retina and eyes. Not only this, in today’s date, when the whole world is suffering from a pandemic crisis. Your screen is more prone to germs, viruses, and bacteria, as most of the time you cough or sneeze in front of it. Thus, transmitting most of the bacteria from your mouth to the screen.
In the traditional era, cleaning refers only to wiping and rubbing the screen. But today, cleaning your screen involves more than that. Many research and scientist have recommended a lot more don’t as compared to do’s.
Don’ts of cleaning the screen
- Never use soap water to clean the computer
Some Soaps are made of chemicals that are hard and resist dissolving in the water. Thus, if your clean your screen with harsh soaps, it may affect your screen and deteriorate the display quality.
2. Never be harsh while wiping or rubbing
If often run late for meetings or presentations, we quickly rub the screen cloth to save time. But this late back and impulsive attitude can make you repent in the future. Constant harsh rubbing can lead to scratches, and it also degrades the screen coating. Thus, eventually, for your careless attitude, you have to switch the screen.
3. Avoid harmful chemicals
Harsh chemicals may work well with the keyboard, CPU, or other counterparts, but they can cause some severe damage to your monitors. The computer screen is made with delicate and polarized glass materials. You may not notice the havoc immediately, but the constant use of harmful chemicals can wear away the screen coatings. Avoid toxic chemicals, unlike Ammonia, Hydrochloric acid, ethyl alcohol, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. All the cleaners that contain these chemicals may also add a glare-causing film on the top of your screen.
4. Avoid rough cloth or paper on the surface of the screen
Paper towels, torn t-shirts, rags, or any other unusual material tend to have a coarse surface that damages and scratches your monitor screen. Sometimes, we swipe the screen with the random cloth (which has already been used other stuffed). Instead of cleaning the screen, more dirt and germs will get accumulated at some corner of the screen and the edges of your keyboard. Thus, hampering the quality of your display screen.
5. Don’t Use Tap water or excessive fluid
Tap water contains many minerals, charges, iron, or other substances that deprecates the screen coating, harms its pixels, and even leaves behind shabby streaks.
Do not spray any fluid directly on the screen surface as it may seep down to the edge of the monitor. Thus, it could dismay its functioning and also and damage the electric components present within the system.
Steps for Cleaning your Screen
Step 1: Make sure to Turn off your computer
Safety is the first measure you should take before cleaning your screen. Turning your system off is safer for the user as well as for the machine. Also, the computer light hides all the scratches, smudges, and dirt particles. The black glass screen will vividly portray all the particles. Hence making it easier for you to wipe the dust out properly. Another problem to clean your computer while it on is that there could be a possibility that it may collapse the pixel as it fires up the pixel elements. Thus, you can even experience an electric jerk and could damage your screen.
Step 2: Wipe your monitor with a cloth or wipe
Firstly, choose a smooth microfiber cloth or wipe. If you only want to clean the dust from the screen, fast wiping is sufficient. If dust is the only thing defiling your monitor, a quick gently wiping in a long circular motion should be enough to clean it. Always maintain the pressure while rubbing the screen as rubbing is too hard can hinder the pixels of the computer.
Note: Use wipes or soft cotton cloth to wipe the screen and gently rub it in a circular direction.
Step 3- Wipe the screen with fluid.
Sometimes, your screen carries tough dirt (dried mucus gets accumulated due to coughing, or some unknown gust gets stick), which will not go quickly by wiping. In that case, you can use some mild fluid or disinfectant. In today’s market, many brands have launched gently fluids specialized for cleaning only monitors. But it is unnecessary to spend the extra dollar to monitor cleaner, and one can prepare the screen cleaner fluid at home. You need two elements: Distilled water and white vinegar. Put the solution in a cloth and gently rub it all over the screen and exert a little pressure over the tough grime. The solution will soften the hard grim.
Note: Don’t use tap water as the minerals and other substances present in the water can affect the pixels within.
Step 4- Regularly use Sanitizer spray.
The pandemic crisis has hit the world hard. The world is in panic and is more attentive towards germs and bacteria. They are avoiding every meaning that is involved with physical touching. Social distancing has become today’s mantra of a healthy life. In this, your computer (keyboard, monitor, mouse) is the shelter where all these germs and viruses reside as you often sneeze or cough or yawn in front of your system. Thus, the bacteria transfer directly from your mouth to your computer and its counterparts.
Different brands have launched effective and portable sanitizer spray. Always keep one with you. Before working on some other’s work station or if someone has used your computer, open the lid and spray all over the system.
Note: Use suitable disinfectants or mild sanitizers. Read the reviews before opting for any product.
Step 5: Pat it dry
Once the cleaning is done, quarantine your system for 5 minutes. Once all the moisture is dried, then turn on the computer and restart with your work. You can also opt for microfiber cloth else it will automatically dry by nature’s force.
Note: Before turning on the PC, ensure that the screen is completely dry as moisture can cause electrical damage to your active computer.