August 26, 2010

Clean LCD Screen

Dust, dirt, smears and smudges can ruin your full enjoyment of your LCD screens, monitors, and TVs. Use these cleaning tips and recommendations to restore all your favorite LCD screens and monitors back to their original conditions.
Bring all your LCD screens back to life...

Basic Facts About LCDs

First, you must realize LCD screens or displays are NOT GLASS. Many owners clean a laptop screen or LCD TV as they would clean any glass monitor or TV - DON'T make this mistake. An LCD (liquid crystal display) consists of a soft film that is very prone to damage from scratches, smudging, and clouding caused by the use of improper cleaning agents and harsh cloths.

Plasma HDTVs does have a glass substrate but its surface is also very delicate because of anti-glare coatings. Similarly, most CRT (cathode ray tube) have anti-glare and/or anti-static coatings on them for your maximum viewing enjoyment and should also be cleaned very carefully.

The history of Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) goes back over a hundred years. It was first mentioned by Otto Lehmann in 1904. The first operational LCD was made by RCA in 1968. Each display is made up of countless pixels, with light being filtered through them in a controlled manner. Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) is a form of LCDs which uses an active matrix to improve image quality. LCD technology has found its way into countless displays in laptops, PDAs, and high definition TVs. (Source -

LCDs have become increasing common in our world because they can run be on low battery power and produces a sharp, clear image. You probably have 5 to 10 LCD screens around your home.The Problem with LCD Screens Anyone who owns a laptop or LCD TV knows there is one minor problem - these screens regularly gather dust, lint particles, smudges and in severe cases fingerprints and even ink markings. All this accumulation of dust and grim can subtract from your full enjoyment of any LCD screen or display you own.
Once we see this dust clouding up our once perfectly crisp clear LCD screens, we automatically reach for something to remove the dust or smears. This is where many people make a huge mistake, they take ordinary tap-water and a paper towel or dish cloth and clean their LCD screen. DON'T! Ordinary tap water often include chemicals like chloride that will leave a residue on your screen. Coarse paper towels or cloths may even scratch and damage your very sensitive LCD display, causing clouding and can even lead to dead pixels.

You Must Clean Your LCD Screen Properly In Order to Prevent Damage LCD screens need to be periodically cleaned to ensure you keep enjoying your TV or Laptop. But you must follow some simple guidelines to get the job done right.
Here are some helpful cleaning tips and guidelines:

* Unplug or turn off your LCD screen or device and closely examine the condition of the screen.
* Take notice of any smudges or areas to be cleaned.
* Use a Microfiber Cloth to remove any obvious dust and gently brush off any dirt particulars.
* Although you can clean any LCD screen with a 50/50 solution of distilled water/isopropyl alcohol, using an old cotton T-shirt or handkerchief, it is recommended that you acquire the proper cleaning solutions and cloths to clean your LCDs. Many of these LCD screens are very expensive items, proper cleaning kits such as Klear or iKlear should be used to clean and keep your LCD displays in a crisp clear pristine condition.
* Never spray any cleaning solutions directly onto the screen, spray it into the your cleaning cloth.
* Very, very gently wipe the screen in a circular motion. Do not press hard on the cloth. Let the cleaning solution do its job.
* Don't press hard or touch the screen with your fingers or you may leave oily prints and smears.
* Don't leave any liquid on the screen, remove all excess moisture as it may damage your screen.
* Let the LCD screen dry thoroughly before you switch it back on.
* For hard to remove stains or ink marks you may have to repeat this procedure several times. Don't apply hard pressure, remember you can also purchase special cleaners for heavy ink marks and the like.
* Keep your notebook or laptop closed when not in use, this will help keep your screen clean.

* Try to keep small children away from your LCD devices, especially laptops. Some children may confuse
a laptop for an etch-a-sketch like toy and create a masterpiece on your shiny new laptop. Ouch!

* Wipes are good for cleaning LCD on the road or when traveling.

* One person has suggested Absolute Vodka as a good cleaning solution!

* Make sure you cover your mouth when sneezing or couching around any LCD screen.

* It is not a good idea to use mineral or tap water because they may leave white spots from the
dissolved salts.

* Purchase a can of compressed air - this comes in handy for removing dust and cleaning your keyboards or hard
to reach places.

* If you buy any LCD cleaning product, try to get one that has an anti-static element in it. This will help
keep down the dust and lint on your LCD screen.

* If you use any LCD screen in a dusty place, you may considering buying a protective covering. It is best
to buy this directly from the manufacturer to ensure the cover fits your device perfectly.
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