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April 13, 2006 1:29:46 PM

Okay so nothin technichal here as you can see :)  I just want advice on how to SAFELY remove all the misterious fingerprint smudges, streaks and dirt off my high range 19" LCD monitor, cause they're starting to anoy me! thanks in advance for any advice.
April 13, 2006 2:37:13 PM

Um, water on a soft cloth, maybe?

Or a screen cleaner pad.

Don't use windex, etc. And turn the monitor off first.
April 13, 2006 3:01:41 PM

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most comp stores will have special wipes or special cleaning stuff. best to use those as most are anti streak and anti static. water doens't evaporate completely and so you get annoying streaks.


Water and a soft cloth works fine for me, though.
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April 13, 2006 5:52:36 PM

Okay ill check out my local computer store. One thing though, i cant use my PC at the moment cause a part in it is off for RMA and so i cant check out my monitor. Im just a bit concerned cause a couple a days ago i noticed a real tough looking bit of dirt on the monitor and so, not thinking straight, i went and gave it a rub! Now im afraid that i might of damaged it! Im pretty new to LCD's so i dont really know what kind of abuse they can take. Do you think that when i turn it on next week i will see a couple of dead pixels or am i being too paranoid!? Also what kind of abuse have your monitors gone through?
April 13, 2006 6:18:36 PM

I use a 70% isopropyply alcohol mixture with an equal amount of water. 50/50. Do Not use a paper towel but a clean soft cloth.
April 13, 2006 6:59:24 PM

eyeglass/lense cleaning cloth works great, is very soft and does not scratch or leave lint behind. And ya, I have used isopropyl as well w/ good results. I think most of the store bought cleaners are mostly the same alcohol.
April 13, 2006 7:09:05 PM

you can also try those liquids for cleaning photo camera's lenses. i dont know if your monitor has some kind of coating on the screen, but considering that some lenses have such coating, i guess the cleaning solution will be harmless to your monitor.

but the best way to clean your monitor is to not get it dirty
April 13, 2006 7:13:01 PM

Yeah, I don't touch my monitor. I keep a microfiber cloth to wipe the dust off, and if anyone does touch the monitor I chop off one finger [theirs, not mine]. They usually don't touch it again. :wink:
April 13, 2006 7:37:17 PM

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make sure your room is dark and shine torch on it. then view it from an angle and any imperfections will show up. it is best to do it in the dark as it is harder to see things in a sunlit room.


I tried this out briefly on the area where i stupidly pressed on it and i couldnt see anything out of the ordinary, but what do you mean by imperfections? (what sort)? I just wanna be able to determine its okay without having to wait a whole to find out!
April 13, 2006 7:40:30 PM

You won't know if you damaged it or not until you turn it on, but you're worrying about it for nothing. What are you going to do if you did damage it? If you don't see any scratches then stop worrying.
April 13, 2006 7:59:38 PM

Oh..right. There are loads of fingerprints, smudges (no scratches) but that doesnt neccesserily mean damage right? Infact if i switch it on without a computer i get a small graphics logo that moves around the screen. Wouldnt that show up any damage (dead pixels etc.) as its blue in color? Oh and Pain your right i do worry to much but this monitor was too dam expensive for me to ignore it :) 
April 13, 2006 8:01:48 PM

Oh..right. There are loads of fingerprints, smudges (no scratches) but that doesnt neccesserily mean damage right? Infact if i switch it on without a computer i get a small graphics logo that moves around the screen. Wouldnt that show up any damage (dead pixels etc.) as its blue in color? Oh and Pain your right i do worry to much but this monitor was too dam expensive for me to ignore it :) 
April 13, 2006 8:26:07 PM

My advice to you is to find out who is touching your monitor and pummel them , I mean seriously, who touches their screen?

If it was a kid... you break their finger... problem solved!

What is the benefit or reasoning for actually making contact with the screen? the computer takes its instructions from the keyboard & mouse NOT THE SCREEN! This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the women that live in my house, always trying to touchie touchie! NO TOUCHIE!!

:twisted:
April 13, 2006 8:46:47 PM

Damage... no.. Annoyance... Yes, Water (because there r ions in it will cause streaks)just use 70% alcohol or if u got it 90% alcohol (if ur lucky the next person to touch it will get burned :wink: ...). As for those ppl who have annoying ppl who wants to touch hte screen.. go into the kitchen and find the clear plastic wrap used to cover food and cover hte front of hte LCD.. Tape the edges shut and pratically no dust will rest on the surface of your monitor and u can wash that plastic wrap in any way u please (or replace it). just stretch it tightly over hte monitor and it shouldnt bother you "that much." BE WARNED: do not use the wrap to cover up the vent holes in the back of hte monitor.. that would be bad.. very bad...
April 13, 2006 8:57:49 PM

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the women that live in my house, always trying to touchie touchie! NO TOUCHIE!!

:twisted:


umm... we are talking monitors here right? :oops: 
April 13, 2006 9:26:55 PM

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the women that live in my house, always trying to touchie touchie! NO TOUCHIE!!

:twisted:


umm... we are talking monitors here right? :oops: 

If I'm not mistaken, yes.
April 13, 2006 9:27:51 PM

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the women that live in my house, always trying to touchie touchie! NO TOUCHIE!!

:twisted:


umm... we are talking monitors here right? :oops: 

If I'm not mistaken, yes. I learned a hard lesson from my iPod Nano screen; those things scratch so easily. At least they can be fixed using Brasso.
April 13, 2006 10:54:08 PM

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This is one of my biggest pet peeves with the women that live in my house, always trying to touchie touchie! NO TOUCHIE!!

:twisted:


umm... we are talking monitors here right? :oops: 

My bad I did stray away from the question a bit , I just wanted to note stupid people will always touch your screen... I clean my CRT's and LCD's and even my Plasma with "Fellowes" brand screen cleaning wipes they come in blister packs or tubes and dry vs. moist. go to http://www.fellowes.com/Fellowes/site/products/ProductD... they are even anti-static!!
April 14, 2006 10:24:04 PM

Anything to polish up a classic! Its great and yeah those crates are huge now it seems, played alot of dust2 last night though.
April 16, 2006 1:01:24 PM

I accidently scraped the plastic part of this screen cleaner device that i was using to clean my monitor! I can seem to find any scratches but its hard to tell with all the dam streak marks left over from the cleaning solution! Ive been cleaning over and over to attempt to get rid of the annoying wipe marks but they just will not fade. Do you guys know a way of getting rid of streaks? I really thought this wouldnt happen with a cleaner meant for just LCD monitors! Also when i scraped the plastic on my screen it was very lightly done so do you think it caused damage?
April 16, 2006 1:41:01 PM

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scraped... what are you using.


Its an LCD cleaning kit (spray, cloth thing). Its an anti static cloth with a kind of big plastic handle which is annoyingly close to the end of the cloth part. Anyway i was just wiping down the monitor when i tilted the thing up too much and part of the handle scraped all the way down the screen! (lightly though) But yeah your method of cleaning sounds much better cause i was just basically going up, down, left, right with the cleaner which obviously left me with loads of streaks, which also makes it difficult to look for scratches... I must have cleaned the monitor 10 times by now!
April 16, 2006 2:10:57 PM

Alright sounds good, thanks for the advice. Ill probly clean it next week or sumtin cause like i said ive already cleaned it like 10 times over :) 
April 19, 2006 7:03:13 PM

The LCD's aren't that fragile really, short of rubbing on them with something abrasive or tapping/hitting them with something hard and sharp. I work with them all the time in the touch screen kiosk world (think millions of touches). In the lab I just use one of those microfiber cloths for fingerprints. Sometimes you have to get them a barely damp for grease and food residue.

As for dead pixels, that's a different thing and not really damage. They'll show up very soon in the life of the display or never from what I've heard. They won't usually replace a display unless it has more than 6 or 8 deads, and sometimes they have to be clumped together and thus affecting viewing more dramatically.
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April 25, 2006 8:06:33 AM

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I use a 70% isopropyply alcohol mixture with an equal amount of water. 50/50. Do Not use a paper towel but a clean soft cloth.


Isopropanole dissolves plastic.... You just don't realise it because you don't wipe extensively. Just try it on a piece of plastic; you'll see. As for camera lenses that is ok because they are glass.

For my LCd I'd use a damp cloth. You can eve use a little (a real tiny drop is enough) soap. But I would strongly vote agains any form of solvent.
Anonymous
April 25, 2006 10:57:42 AM

isopropyl alcohol = isopropanole = 2-propanole

CH3-CHOH-CH3
April 25, 2006 11:31:59 AM

Sandpaper works well
Anonymous
April 25, 2006 12:15:53 PM

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Sandpaper works well


word!
April 27, 2006 12:00:03 PM

Well now, people ALWAYS tell me, your crazy using windex on your LCD! But, you know what... I have been cleaning BOTH of my LCD's in my dual screen rig with windex for 3 years now WITH paper towels. I bet that makes some of you CRINGE. In fact... I lay the screen on my lap (flat) and SOAK the screen in windex... then I wipe the screen with a single paper towel just so it gets soaked... almost like a sponge with dawn in a pot. After I know it has been "CLEANED" I THEN, wipe up the remaining windex making sure I dont DRY the screen with the paper towel... I let it air dry for that minute or so it takes. Never had a scratch yet or a pit or film left. I will use it till the monitors die, I personally believe it won't ever harm them. 3 years and no pitting or residue and no scratches? CMON.
May 27, 2010 12:14:09 AM

also its better when the monitor is cool been off..
May 27, 2010 1:58:12 AM

necro post look at post date
January 26, 2012 1:35:59 PM

after trying the isopropal alcohol with no luck ; white vinegar and water with no luck...I decided to try my own way....THIS REALLY WORKS......
If you find that someone sprayed your LCD TV with windex or Gain or any cleaner that left residue here is a sure proof way to get the residue off!
TAKE A DAMP COTTON WASH CLOTH AND PUT A SMALL AMOUNT OF DAWN DISH DETERGENT ON IT....WIPE THE SCREEN HORIZONTALLY AND VERTICALLY ALLOWING THE DAWN TO CUT THROUGH IT...THEN TAKE BOUNTY PAPER TOWELS ( yes I said paper towel) AND WET THEM WITH VERY HOT WATER..... WRING TIGHTLY AND THEM WIPE THE SCREEN CLEAN...THE BOUNTY WILL NOT SCRATCH AND THE DAWN TAKES GREASE OUT OF YOUR WAY.....
January 26, 2012 1:48:11 PM

micurlz said:
after trying the isopropal alcohol with no luck ; white vinegar and water with no luck...I decided to try my own way....THIS REALLY WORKS......
If you find that someone sprayed your LCD TV with windex or Gain or any cleaner that left residue here is a sure proof way to get the residue off!
TAKE A DAMP COTTON WASH CLOTH AND PUT A SMALL AMOUNT OF DAWN DISH DETERGENT ON IT....WIPE THE SCREEN HORIZONTALLY AND VERTICALLY ALLOWING THE DAWN TO CUT THROUGH IT...THEN TAKE BOUNTY PAPER TOWELS ( yes I said paper towel) AND WET THEM WITH VERY HOT WATER..... WRING TIGHTLY AND THEM WIPE THE SCREEN CLEAN...THE BOUNTY WILL NOT SCRATCH AND THE DAWN TAKES GREASE OUT OF YOUR WAY.....


NEVER apply alcohol of ANY kind, to a plastic screen. That's a really, really bad idea. The plastic can turn cloudy white, forever.
NEVER use any type of cleaner that is not water based. NEVER wipe the screen when it is DRY.
January 26, 2012 1:50:49 PM

Carefully!
January 26, 2012 2:04:35 PM

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