Clean-Laptop-ScreensTaking good care of your laptop should be top priority particularly when you want the machine to operate at peak performance. In addition, a well maintained machine will have a longer life. Cleaning laptop screens can be quite challenging mainly because of their delicate nature. Caution needs to be exercised to prevent damages and eventual losses from occurring. There are basically two methods that can be used. The first one is the best since you can clean the screen without turning off the machine but for the second, you’ll need to power down the laptop.

When using the first technique, you’ll need to use cleaning solution. There are several products available over the counter but it’s much cheaper to make the solution at home. Remember, the LCD screens on laptops need to be cleaned using gentle solutions only. Plain purified water is usually the best. Never use tap water because it contains minerals that can damage the screen. A mixture of purified water and white vinegar is the most appropriate. Make sure that you mix the solution in the ratio of 50:50. Take a cotton or wool cloth for the wiping process. You can also purchase disposable wipes which are normally the best.

Next, take the cloth and dip it slightly into the solution. Don’t use too much solution at any one time. Use the cloth to wipe the screen in circular motions. Finger pressure will suffice. Using too much pressure when cleaning is ill advised. This is because of the fact that LCD screens can be rendered unusable when the matrix is spoilt during the process. Note the areas on the screen which are stained and concentrate more on these areas. Gentle consistent motions will get the job done so patience is needed in getting rid of tougher stains. Laptop screens can also get damaged from a drip. This is why it’s very important to ensure that the cloth is only moist but not excessively wet. After you’ve completed wiping the screen, take another piece of cloth that is dry to wipe off all traces of the solution.

For the second technique, you’ll need to switch off the laptop, unplug it from the power source and remove the battery. Then, take the purified water and soft cloth. Use the same procedure as before to clean the screen to your liking. This is the cheapest option since you’ll not need to make a mixture using white vinegar. Never spray water directly onto LCD screens because short circuiting can easily occur, which may render the laptop unusable. When selecting a cloth to use, make sure that it doesn’t leave lint behind. This will give you extra work in removing the lint from the screen afterwards. It’s always advisable to try the solution on a smaller area on the screen first to ascertain the effects.

The author is an expert blogger on laptop screens and has good experience in computer hardware maintenance. He has experience in writing that extends close to a decade, always offering informative pieces on care and maintenance of laptops.