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LCD monitors need to be cleaned in order to get the best possible picture, but they need to be cleaned delicately. This About.com video will show you how to properly clean an LCD monitor.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Clean an LCD Monitor

Hi, I am technology and digital media expert Josh Hicks, here with About.com to teach you how to easily clean an LCD monitor of any kind.

Cleaning Older Screens

Older screens, typically referred to as CRT screens, are the kind that use large "tube" monitors made of thick glass. Those can be cleaned the same way you would clean any other type of glass. However, flat screen monitors and televisions, most of which have LCD displays, are very sensitive and very delicate, and require special attention when being cleaned. But don't worry. The step-by-step process is simple, and it will usually take less than five minutes to clean just one screen. 

Just a note: Although plasma screen TV's are made out of glass, they are still very delicate, and special care should still be taken when cleaning the plasma display. 

Directions for Cleaning an LCD Monitor

Here are the step-by-step directions, how to clean an LCD monitor. Step one: make sure the device is turned off. The dark background will make it easier to see the dirty parts of the screen. 

Step two: take a dry, soft cloth, and gently wipe the screen down. A microfiber cloth, used for cleaning eye glasses, would be a good choice for this step. If the dry cloth didn't fully remove the dirt, DO NOT press harder on the screen to try and remove it, as this can cause pixels to burn out.  

Step three: if the screen is still not cleaned to satisfaction, dampen the cloth with distilled water and repeat the gentle wipe down. There are also several companies that manufacture an LCD cleaning solution that come in small spray bottles available for purchase.

Step four: the plastic rim that usually goes around the screen can be cleaned with any type of multipurpose cleaning product, but make sure the cleaning product does not get on the monitor. 

Additional Tips for Cleaning LCD Monitors

Those were the basic steps to cleaning your LCD monitor, and here are a few tips to help you along even further. Tip #1: do not use napkins, toilet paper, tissues, or t-shirts to wipe down the screen. These materials are not soft enough, and there is a chance that they could scratch the screen. 

Tip #2: avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. All of these chemicals could permanently discolor the screen, or cause other damages.

Tip #3: never spray liquid directly onto any screen. It could get inside the device and cause damage. Always spray directly onto the cloth. 

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