How Do I Clean My LCD?

in General Discussion edited January 2014
Well what do I use, and can I buy it at staples? haha


  • Reply 1 of 19
    I use an alcohol free screen cleaner from Fellowes with no problem. Product number is 99701.

    It's a spray and soft, dustless tissues. I just spray onto the tissue and gently wipe.

    Works for me. Just don't press too hard (this is true with any product) because you don't want to grind anything into the screen.
  • Reply 2 of 19
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    This stuff is recomended by Apple, and got rave reviews from Macworld.
  • Reply 3 of 19
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    what is better about klearscreen then others?

    i remember that from before i forgot the name though, i may have to get some of that, i wen to staples and bought a real cheap thing to keep it clean/clean it until i get a real cleaning system
  • Reply 4 of 19
    macsrgood4umacsrgood4u Posts: 3,007member
    I picked up a small spray bottle of Kensington Screen Guard. Seems to work fine with a soft cloth (lint free if possible).
  • Reply 5 of 19
    majormattmajormatt Posts: 1,077member
    Eh, I used Windex and it worked fine. Then again it was a six year old Powerbook :P
  • Reply 6 of 19
    burningwheelburningwheel Posts: 1,827member
    i use a slightly damp (water) 100% cotton t-shirt
  • Reply 7 of 19
    murbotmurbot Posts: 5,262member
    Windex is amazing for hard drive maintenance, but it'll eat your LCD over time.

    Windex = bad.

  • Reply 8 of 19
    sebseb Posts: 676member
    I've had pretty good luck with this flavor though...


    I think that klearscreen stuff sucks. It smears. And, from their FAQ, the only reason not to use 'windex' is :

    "Q Why can't I use a "glass cleaner" on my laptop's LCD display screen?

    A Don't make a $2,000 mistake cleaning your laptop screen with a $2 glass cleaner & a paper towel! LCD display screens are almost universally made of plastic. Plastics & computer manufacturers consistently do not recommend alcohol or ammonia - based cleaners. Repeated applications of alcohol on plastic will turn your screen surface "yellow", make it brittle and cause "stress cracking" (hairline scratches) on your screen surface."

    So, if you use windex, which uses vinegar instead of ammonia you should be ok, no?
  • Reply 9 of 19
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    I thought Windex does use ammonia. Ammonia is a weak base I think... and bases, like acids, are corrosive. Try smelling some Windex sometime and find out if it has that telltale ammonia scent.

    I just use water plus some very soft tissues (like Puffs).
  • Reply 10 of 19
    gargoylegargoyle Posts: 660member
    did you not get a small cloth with the mac ?
  • Reply 11 of 19
    sebseb Posts: 676member
    Vinegar Windex, which I linked to, is ammonia free though.
  • Reply 12 of 19
    leonisleonis Posts: 3,427member
    put the LCD into a washing machine
  • Reply 13 of 19
    malokatamalokata Posts: 197member
    I've got a big box (90 pack) os Sam's Club Optical Lens Cloths, which boasts "Ideal for lenses and computer screens." Surprisingly enough, it's right - these little individually-packaged cloths do very well on my laptop screen (PB G4). Very cheap, too.
  • Reply 14 of 19
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member

    Originally posted by Leonis

    put the LCD into a washing machine

    keyboad into dish washer, LCD in washing machine..makes sense
  • Reply 15 of 19
    macsrgood4umacsrgood4u Posts: 3,007member
    .... and CPU into car wash.
  • Reply 16 of 19
    1337_5l4xx0r1337_5l4xx0r Posts: 1,558member
    The best solution would be to get one of those lens-cleaner ultra-soft fabrics, and use that. I have a piece of cloth like that, and it gets rid of all smears, and does absolutely no damage.
  • Reply 17 of 19
    groveratgroverat Posts: 10,872member
    Huzzah for micro-fiber cloths!
  • Reply 18 of 19
    mimacmimac Posts: 871member
    1 clean damp microfiber cloth -

    1 clean dry microfiber cloth.

    Damp cloth over LCD screen - dry cloth over screen to finish.

    Simple. Cheap. Effective. Won't eat your screen.
  • Reply 19 of 19
    burningwheelburningwheel Posts: 1,827member

    Originally posted by Gargoyle

    did you not get a small cloth with the mac ?

    yeah i use sometimes just to clean the dust but i always have some sopts that require a slightly damp 100% t-shirt as i mentioned above. i don't think water and that cloth would be a good combo
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