How to clean your computer monitor – Smart Fone Video Blog

Is your monitor getting dirty? Here’s how you can clean it in a few steps.

Your computer monitor is the key to productivity, but if it ends up getting dirty, we understand how it can slow you down at work, at school, or when gaming. Nobody likes seeing smudges or dust and other marks on their computer monitor. It’s not only ugly, but in the right lighting conditions, it’s also distracting. That’s why in this guide, we’ll explain how you can clean up your computer monitor in a few simple steps.

How to clean your computer monitor

Basic wipe-down

We’ll start first with a basic wipe-down. You won’t be using any cleaning solutions in this first part of the cleaning process just yet. This is just the basics to remove large pieces of dust and debris. Note we added some suggested materials for cleaning your monitor at the end of this guide.

  1. To begin the cleaning process, please make sure that you’ve unplugged your monitor from power, turned it off, and let it cool down.
  2. Disconnect any cables that might be attached. This will ensure that you don’t get shocked or damage the screen during the initial cleaning.
  3. Hold a microfiber cloth in your hand and up to the areas where there are marks or debris.
    A person's hands holding a cloth over a monitor.

  4. Rub the cloth on the screen to remove the dust or smudges. Do not rub the cloth hard, as it could crack the display.
  5. With the front of the display clean, turn the monitor around so the screen faces away from you.
  6. Use a can of compressed air and blow away any larger pieces of dust or debris on the rear of the monitor, on vents, or any other surface.
  7. Feel free to wipe the rear of the monitor, too.

This basic wipedown and clean is now complete. We’ll move on next to using the liquid solution to wipe down your monitor’s display and chassis.

Use cleaning solutions or water with your microfiber cloth

In this second part, you’ll be using the screen cleaning solution or water. This will clean your computer monitor a bit more in-depth than the basic wipe-down did. Do keep in mind, though, that you should not spray a solution directly onto your screen. Doing this can cause the solution to seep within gaps and damage the components.

  1. Spray the cleaning solution onto your microfiber cloth, making sure not to soak it. Just dampen the cloth. If you’re using water, just lightly run water over the cloth.
  2. Hold the cloth up to the screen and begin wiping softly. Repeat the pattern until the entire screen has been wiped, but do not apply too much pressure.
    A person holding a wiping cloth and a bottle of spray.

  3. Allow the screen to dry, then take a second microfiber cloth and repeat the same rubbing pattern to remove any mark the solution might have left behind.
  4. If you want, turn your monitor around so the screen is away from you and repeat steps 2 and 3 to clean the rear, sides, and other areas that aren’t just the screen.

Plug back in your cables and power

The cables at the back of a monitor.

You can now plug the cables that you removed back into the monitor. If you’re not sure where the cables go, you can check for the markings on the ports and match up the connections. If you were using a USB-C dongle, then you also can plug the cables into the dongle instead of your PC.

And that’s how you can clean your computer monitor in three steps. We hope you enjoy your fresh and clean monitor! While you’re at it, we also have a guide on how to clean your laptop screen.

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    Eveo Screen Cleaner

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    This is a screen cleaning kit that can be used to help clean your computer monitor.

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    Amazon Basics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

    This pack of microfiber cleaning cloths will last the test of time and help you wipe down all of your electronics and other items in your household

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    HIDENEL Compressed Air Duster Can

    These air cans can help clean your computer monitor by dislodging dust and other debris before you wipe it down.

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By smartphonejunkie