Flat or Laptop screen cleaning

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Di, May 7, 2006.

  1. Di

    Di Active Member

    What do you guys all use to clean your laptop or TFT computer screen? Our big screen manual recommends isopropyl alcohol and my laptop manual says, do not use alcohol, use glass cleaner. Our big screen is a replacement as the original one simply stopped working after 6 months, but we had bought some isopropyl wipes and carefully cleaned the screen. It never did look right afterwards, always had marks on it that we couldn't shift no matter what.

    So far, with both my lap top and the main computer screen, all we've done is wipe off the dust with a soft lens cloth. However, when the light shines on them now, there are marks that are starting to get annoying and I would like to clean them. Having experienced the mess the wipes made with the other screen, i'm reluctant to use anything on either of them at the moment unless someone can recommend something that really works.

    So, what are your do's and don'ts please. :)
  2. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Do - use a very clean (preferably new) cloth. Or kitchen towel. the slightest bit of dirt on the cloth will end up on the screen.

    Don't - use a duster, even if new it'll leave bits everywhere!

    You can get specialist wipes, which are good, but a bit dear.
    The main thing with TFT's is don't press on hard (as you would to polish glass), it doesn't do them any good at all.

    I have a TFT at work, and a clean soft tissue with some stuff called Safeclens (some sort of solvent I think, but probably just alcohol in a spray!) brings it up sparkling. Isopropyl alcohol should work, but only if the cloth is spotless, or it just rubs dirt back on the screen again.
  3. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Camera lens cleaner... available from any photgraphic suppliers.
  4. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    I use commerical cleaning cloths specially made for cleaning TFT screens - come in batches of 100 in a canister, pre-moistened.
  5. Di

    Di Active Member

    That's what I used on the other screen. They didn't half make a mess. :(

    Hmm, I might give this one a go. I'm collecting my baritone back from its repairs (hopefully) tomorrow and there's a big photography shop just down the road. Praps I'll pop in and get some.

    Isn't kitchen towel too course? I'm currently using a proper lens cloth from the opticians.

    Wouldn't dream of it. :)

    Thanks guys for the tips.
  6. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Believe it or not, I have also seen window cleaner used on some laptops. Made a good job of them too!
  7. Di

    Di Active Member

    I guess that's what the manual means when it says "glass cleaner".

    Whatever I use, I'll only try a tiny bit in a corner to start with, leave it a while and see what happens.
  8. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I don't think you can do any damage by using window cleaner - Jen uses Mr Muscle Window cleaner and it does a great job. As has been said before just don't press hard when you clean the screen.
  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - Just done it using Foamclene anti-static mousse (produced by AF Ltd) and wiped with a cotton yellow duster ( :eek: ) and no probs!!

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