How to Clean a Flat Panel Monitor
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A Flat Panel Monitor is also called an LCD monitor. It has a thin profile, which is how it got its name. Flat Panel Monitors use LCD or Plasma technology unlike the standard and bulky vacuum monitor that uses CRT (cathode ray tube) technology. These types of screens are mostly used in Laptops and are now being used in Desktop computers. It is not made of glass, so cleaning it requires special care.
- Flat Panel Monitor
- Clean cotton cloth/ Anti-static cloth/ Lint-free lens cleaner
- Flat Panel Cleaner
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Distilled water
- Cotton swab/s
When cleaning a Flat Panel Monitor, it is important to remember to never spray any liquid directly onto the screen. This may cause damage to the monitor and other computer components. Keep in mind to turn the monitor off, allowing it to cool. This will also let you see smudges and fingerprints better. It is good to have a cloth specifically dedicated for cleaning an LCD screen. A soft and clean cotton cloth can be used. Anti-static cloth and lint-free lens cleaner work as well. The type of cloth used to clean eyeglasses is a good choice. Do not use a paper towel and never pick up an old rag as this may pick up dirt particles that can scratch the monitor.
Use the dry cloth to lightly wipe off loose dust from the screen and frame. Use this also to remove the smudges and fingerprints from the screen.
The next step is to fold the cloth to a clean area and apply a Flat Panel cleaner onto it as directed. This can be purchased from a computer store. Never use ammonia-based or abrasive cleaners as this can cause damage to the screen, making its surface yellow and brittle. A small amount of isopropyl alcohol mixed with an equal amount of distilled water can also be used if a Flat Panel cleaner is not available. Tap or mineral water could leave white streaks on the screen. Vinegar may also be used as a substitute for alcohol.
Gently wipe the screen, moving to the same direction. The best method is wiping it from top to bottom. Remember to not press hard when cleaning the screen because pushing it directly causes the pixels to burn out.
To clean the edges of the screen, take a cotton swab and moisten it with the Flat Panel cleaner or alcohol-water mixture. Run it on all the edges of the screen. Wipe the screen using the damp cloth one more time to pick up dirt possibly moved by the cotton swab.
Lastly, use a dry cloth to completely dry the screen. Repeat the steps to clean the frame.