Cleaning your computer monitor

A computer is a significant investment. It’s amazing how it looks so beautiful when you first bring it home and yet how quickly the screen can accumulate fingerprints and smudges, especially if you have kids. Most monitors now are LCD, or flat panel monitors. You would think you could spray some Windex or other glass cleaner onto the screen and be all set, but put down the spray bottle as this can significantly damage the monitor. Here are some tips on cleaning your computer monitor:

1. Turn off the computer or display.

2. Dampen a clean, soft, lint-free cloth or paper with water only. The softer the cloth the better.

3. Wipe the screen. Do not spray liquid directly on the screen.

You may also use a mild glass cleaner that contains no alcohol or ammonia. Most office supply stores sell cleaning kits specifically designed for this purpose.

While there are many commercial products available that will work without damaging the plastics, Apple has tested a product called Klear Screen made by Meridrew Enterprises ( and found it does not cause any harm to the plastics.

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