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Household Remedies for Your Laptop Screen Cleaning

Laptop screens are delicate things that need routine maintenance. Modern laptop screens are mostly HD capable, and letting them fall prey to elements like dust and dirt is not the right way to treat your lavish investment. Cleaning your laptop screen allows greater image clarity and most importantly, a more satisfactory visual experience overall.

Let’s look at the two main issues behind laptop screen degradation:

  • Dust: Dust is practically everywhere. Your laptop screen stands to get damaged every time it is exposed to dust particles, regardless of the environment. You might be operating your laptop in the comfort of your apparently clean bedroom, but dust can still settle on the screen. The dust problem is never apparent. It is a slow process that might take months to actually have visible problems. Nevertheless, dust is your laptop screens number one enemy.
  • Dirt: Laptop used in harsh weather conditions invariably draws a huge amount of dirt towards the screen. Dirt generally settles down and may even end up making your screen looking like a mess.
  • Miscellaneous: The human habit of multitasking brings about some accidental spills from time to time. Spilled beverages over laptop screens are a common example of people accidentally damaging their laptop screens.

Avoiding laptop screen damage altogether is not possible. However, there are lots of options available when it comes to cleaning the screen. One doesn’t even have to step out of the house for buying a dedicated laptop screen cleaner. In the following section, we will be discussing some of the household options that can be great laptop screen cleaners as well:

  • Microfiber Cloth: Microfiber cloth is an effective cleaning option for computer displays. Unlike any other form of cloth, microfiber is gentle on the laptop display, allowing for smooth cleaning without the dangers of leaving more scratches. The trick with Microfiber cloth is to be gentle throughout the cleaning process. Stains that don’t seem to go after one rub can be given another go.
  • Home-made Cleaning Solution: There are a lot of cleaning solutions available in stores. But if you don’t want to spend on one, that’s fine. There are plenty of household materials which can be used to conjure an effective cleaning solution. One of the gentlest forms of cleaning solutions is a mixture of distilled water with white vinegar. Once the solution is ready, you should transfer it into a spray bottle. Spray a bit of the solution on the aforementioned Microfiber cloth and rub the display gently.

The Absolute Do-nots

There are a few strict no-no’s, when it comes to laptop screen cleaning.

  • Not All Forms Of Cloth Can Do The Job: If you think you can pick up any old rag to get your laptop screen all squeaky and shiny, you are in for a rude awakening. Most forms of cloth have the tendency to leave a lot of scratches, and might not even do the cleaning very well.
  • No Paper Please: Napkins are popular for screen cleaning as well, but are absolutely not suited for the job. The scratchy nature of paper makes it difficult for the screen to be cleaned thoroughly, and can also cause damage to the screen by inflicting scratches of various shapes and sizes.
  • No Pressure: Cleaning your laptop screen is not a Herculean task, and it does not require too much effort. Impatient people make the mistake of putting too much pressure when they clean their screens. In this way, only your screen stands to suffer. Be gentle and take your time, and the results will show, sooner or later.
  • Rub, Don’t Scrub: Rubbing the laptop screen is all fine. Never scrub the screen with articles such as toothbrushes.
  • No Direct Contact with Water: Pouring water all over the screen is another cause for disaster. Not only does it increase the chances of a short circuit, it also jeopardizes screen health.
  • Do Not Use Any Cleaner You Can Find: Not all cleaners are ideal for laptop cleaning. It is recommended to not use cleaners that are designed for specific tasks such as window cleaning, dish cleaning, etc.
  • Never Keep Your Laptop On During The Cleaning Process: Wiping your laptop screen with a cloth and cleaning solution is definitely not advised when the laptop is switched on. Like all other electrical devices, a laptop carries the possibility of electrical surges.
  • Do Not Keep The Laptop Body Open: Keeping the body of the laptop open when you are not really doing anything is nothing but sheer stupidity. It is allowing all the dust particles in the air the access to settle on the screen.
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