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Old 02-28-2007, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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My computer screen needs cleaning - it's so streaked. Any recommendations on everyday household products that will clean it - without making it worse? (Martha Stewart I'm not)
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:32 AM
 
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Default It varies

Depends on what type of monitor you have. CRT or LCD, etc.

If you have the old style CRT monitor with the glass front, just about anything will do. Windex is good with newspaper. The newspaper is better because it does not leave any lint, very cheap, readily available. One of the best things to clean any glass. Newspaper can be used to polish glass once clean. To be totally safe, always clean with the monitor turned off.

Just spitting on it and using newspaper also works.

If you got a LCD monitor it is a bit of a pig push.

Best to see what the instruction book says for that particular monitor. Else you can try Web searching for your particular monitor. Read some general instructions like this for starters. Lot of them claim you must use a cleaner made just for LCD screens.

http://homepages.wmich.edu/~t0lillie/How%20to%20Clean%20your%20LCD%20Monitor.htm (broken link)
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Old 02-28-2007, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I'll try the spit :-)
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Old 02-28-2007, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Northeast
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My computer screen needs cleaning - it's so streaked. Any recommendations on everyday household products that will clean it - without making it worse? (Martha Stewart I'm not)
Windex or similar product on a CRT (Old tube monitor)

You should NOT use Windex or other ammonia based products on an LCD screen. It will damage it because it eats the protective coating.

I've heard of all variations of DISTILLED water (don't use tap) and Isopropyl alcohol mixture. Some say 70% alc, and 30% dist water, others say 50/50, I say 40/60.

If you want to avoid the mystery mix, buy the wipes. They sell them at Staples and other office stores. DON'T use baby wipes. They have skin care additives which will harm the screen. Get the LCD/Computer wipes.

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/st...&cmArea=SEARCH


Also, NEVER clean a monitor while it is on, or within 5 minutes of it being on. You can damage both CRT's and LCD's alike by applying something with a drastically different temperature to the warm/hot screen.

-TT
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Old 02-28-2007, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I have an older computer, and I use windex. I had no ideal LCD screens needed special handling.
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