How do I clean my screen?

The screen of your laptop or computer is sometimes really in need of a proper cleaning and sometimes your TV also needs a deep clean. However, it is not a good idea to just put some detergent on it. So, we have made a list of the best way to clean your screen.

Cleaning your screen, yourself

There are many different screens on different devices. And each monitor has its own user manual. Some, such as Apple monitors, have a special coating. Cleaning with alcohol is therefore not a good idea. This can damage the display. But how do you know what you can and can’t do to clean your monitor? We have described this for you per monitor and device.

Computer and laptop screens

Every screen is vulnerable. So, it is important that you handle your screen with care. Possible damages are often permanent and therefore can’t be repaired. If you want to minimize the risk of damaging your screen than the following tips will help you clean your monitor without damaging it:

– Use a microfiber cloth* with water to clean the monitor. Avoid rough and paper towels. They can damage the monitor;

– Make sure the monitor is not connected to power when cleaning. Doing so may result in hazardous situations. Power and moisture do not mix;

– Keep liquids away from your monitor. Too much moisture can damage your monitor, so put water in a plant spray and spray the cloth.

– Do not allow moisture to enter the openings of the monitor. This will damage the components and may cause your monitor to stop working;

– Do not use solvents or abrasives. These agents are far too aggressive, and your monitor will not be able to withstand them;

– Do not spray water directly on the monitor. Too much moisture can cause your monitor to stop working.

* Microfiber cloths are also called miracle wipes because they have many advantages over other cleaning cloths. For example, with microfiber cloths you need much less power because the microfiber cloth also works well at low friction. In addition, you don’t need to use any detergent (Microfiber cloths already work well with only water. Did you know that a microfiber cloth with water removes 99.9% of bacteria?) or you can greatly reduce the use of cleaning agents. Because you can reduce the amount of detergent, you also have less chance of damaging the equipment during your cleaning activities. Microfiber cloths can be bought at almost every supermarket!

Please note:

Many screens have an oleophobic coating. This coating protects the screen partly against grease from, for example, your fingers. Therefore, be careful with cleaning agents. It is possible that you damage this coating and thus the protection of your screen.

We recommend using only a microfiber cloth with water! Or cleaning agents that are suitable for monitors.

TV screen

You can also easily clean your TV screen. There are many different cleaning products for sale and their price varies a lot. Cleaning can also be done with, for example, water with vinegar meaning that you don’t need to buy a special cleaning agent in order to clean your TV screen. The best way to do this is with a microfiber cloth. You can dip this cloth in a little water until it is slightly moist. With this slightly moist cloth just gently rub the TV screen until all dust and fingerprints are gone.

Below you will find a step-by-step list of everything:

1.       Make sure your TV is turned off and cooled down.

2.       Grab a microfiber cloth and lightly moisten it with water.

3.       Do not wet the cloth too much. Too much water may cause your TV screen to malfunction.

4.       Gently wipe the cloth over the TV screen. Repeat until all dirt and stains are gone.

5.       Wait until the TV is completely dry before turning it on again.

What should I do if my TV screen is broken or old?

Is your monitor really broken or so old that it no longer functions properly? Then you can buy a new one and get rid of the old one without harming the environment. You can do this by having your monitor recycled.

More and more companies are contributing to the circular economy. This way they reduce waste. And ensure that materials can be reused. At more than 3,000 DIY stores, supermarkets and other stores there are hand-in containers in which you can put your monitor.

Disclaimer: Sensitive equipment is used. The DIY videos and written tips on this page are composed with care. THP is not responsible for any damage. When in doubt about the cleaning method, always consult the manufacturer’s instructions.

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