Monitor & TV screen
clean properly

Lately I’ve spent several hours researching cleaning my monitor.

In this post, I’ve listed you a cleaning guide and the top 9 tips that have helped me the most.

Quick Guide to Cleaning the Monitor

I have had super success with the following instructions. The whole cleaning process only took a few minutes and the result is really impressive.

In addition, you should take the following tips to heart, then your screen is also guaranteed not to suffer any damage.

Clean monitor - 9 helpful tips

With the combination of these tips and the quick guide, your TV or monitor display will look like new again and not suffer any damage.

1. disconnect all cables

Before you start cleaning, you have to disconnect the monitor from the power supply for safety reasons and also so that you can remove the dirt completely.

If the screen is cleaned with a wet cloth when it is switched on, short circuits are not unlikely if water gets inside the device.

This will either destroy the monitor or TV or, in the worst case, give you an electric shock.

2. clean your screen in daylight

clean screen in daylight

In addition, the impurities on the screen can be seen better in the off mode.

Dust and fingerprints in particular are easy to see on the black screen surface that is turned off.

Especially on a sunny day, you will see the impurities particularly well. These are the days you get the best results.

3. never wipe in circular motions

When wiping the monitor, you will achieve the best result by not wiping in circular motions, but in a straight line from top to bottom. Otherwise, you’re just spreading all the dirt around.

If a spot does not get clean right away, circular movements can be useful to clean the spot.

4. apply little pressure when cleaning the monitor

Furthermore, you should take care to exert as little pressure as possible on the monitor, because the screen is very sensitive, otherwise the glass could crack.

5. never get the cleaning cloth wet

Never get the cleaning cloth wet, always keep it slightly damp. Otherwise, the electronics of the monitor will be quickly destroyed and the screen rendered unusable.

6. be extremely careful when choosing the cleaning equipment

The biggest mistakes in cleaning the monitor happen in the choice of cleaning equipment or detergent. This will either scratch or burn the display.

Suitable cleaning utensils

Unsuitable cleaning utensils

7. first use a dry cleaning cloth

microfiber cloth

You first remove the dust with a dry & clean microfiber cloth or eyeglass cleaning cloth.

For the stubborn dirt, you can then dampen the microfiber cloth or glasses cleaning cloth with a little water or use a gentle cleaning agent. With this you should be able to remove all impurities from the display.

8. use cotton swabs and fine brushes for the corners and edges

Soft brushes, such as marten hair brushes or cotton swabs, are suitable for the hard-to-reach areas. With these utensils you really get the dirt and dust out of all corners and edges.

Note, however, that you should never use your fingernails for the stubborn dirt. Because with your fingernails you only scratch the screen surface.

9. never spray your monitor directly with cleaning agents

Never apply the cleaning agent directly to the screen, but always apply it to a cleaning cloth first.

Otherwise, the dose of detergent is too highly concentrated at the sprayed area. Thus, the monitor or TV may break again or pixel errors may occur.

Suitable cleaning agents

Unsuitable cleaning agents

In general, cleaning agents containing ammonia or alcohol are unsuitable for screen cleaning. These liquids are too aggressive for the sensitive surface. And glass cleaner would only leave streaks on the screen.

A good alternative to TFT cleaner is a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% distilled water. This solution is very gentle on the screen and can be made immediately at home.

Even if you’ve had good experiences cleaning objects with a home-mixed cleaner, I would definitely advise against trying any mixes on your screen.