How to clean your computer screen safely, whether it’s glass-coated or an LED/LCD

Cleaning mac computer screen at home
Though it may seem like a straight-forward task, there are a few important things you should know before you clean your computer screen. Day by Day Photography, Elizabeth Casey/Getty Images
  • It’s important to clean off your computer screen periodically, but many people don’t know how to properly clean their screens.
  • If you don’t clean your screen properly, you could damage it permanently and possibly harm your computer.
  • The way you clean your computer screen largely depends on what it’s made of – you have to be more careful with LED/LCD screens than glass-coated ones.
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We’ve all had that moment – you’re sitting at your desk on a normal workday, then the sun starts shining directly on your screen, and you realize you don’t know when you last cleaned it. In fact, it may have been so long that you’ve forgotten how you’re supposed to clean it.

If this sounds like you, don’t feel too bad – most experts recommend that you should only clean your computer screen every three to six months. So if you’ve waited half a year since the last time you cleaned, it makes sense that you might not remember all the do’s and don’ts of the process.

Here’s a helpful guide to help you remember exactly how to clean your specific computer screen, whether it’s a Mac or PC, including which products you should and shouldn’t use for your specific type of display.

What to know before cleaning a computer screen

Before you start cleaning your screen, make sure you know what kind of screen you have, and have the proper supplies.

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