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Best way to clean dust from LCDs without scratching it?

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  1. FuzzyWuzzy

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    I was told kleenex will scratch it? How about the cloth that is used to clean my sunglasses.
     
  2. GRudger

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    Tissues won't scratch you LCD. It will leave dust though. Your Sunglasses cloth is fine. Any moist lint-free kind of cloth will do.
     
  3. PopPicker

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    Tissues/kleenex are an absolute no no for cleaning ANY surface other than your nose. Even then they're not the best.

    Tissues are in fact quite rough and repeated use will scratch, also any grit picked up will sit in the fibre and leave scratches as you continue to wipe.

    Any optical cleaning cloth will be fine. Don't use fluids !! They can leech around the edges of the LCD, if there's a stubborn mark, a bit of huff will do the trick.

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    What person would put enough pressure on their LCD to scratch it? Personally, I don't think there is any harm in using a clean tissue. You have bigger problems if you need to put that much elbow grease to clean your screen. Why is it that dirty in the first place? The only reason one should need to clean their screen is to remove dust, as the title of this thread implies.

    In regards to leeching around the screen, I'm not advocating drenching the tissue (or whatever cloth you are using) in water, just a few drops if necessary. I don't believe that would cause leeching...and even if it did happen once, it wouldn't cause the monitor to die in my opinion.

    But I agree, tissues are a last resort. By "fine", I meant adequate. Specialised cleaning clothes are of course far superior. I would assume any optical cloth is made so as not to scratch, esp for those really, really, expensive sunglasses.
     
  5. PopPicker

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    I was just repeating what I've told my camera customers for years.


    However this from www.photodon.com pertains to LCD monitors.



    ....... use a soft, clean lint free cloth or preferably a high quality microfiber screen cloth to clean the surface. Make sure the cloth itself does not contain any sand or grit. Remember, most computer including LCD flat panel screens have a anti-glare coating that can be easily scratched.

    When necessary use a quality screen cleaner, spray a small amount of the cleaner onto the cloth, then wipe the cleaner onto the screen using the screen cloth. Spraying directly onto a screen is not good in that the excess moisture could seep into the edge of the screen causing problems. An excessive amount of moisture could ruin, or cause screen problems, so do be cautious with liquid cleaners.

    Avoid using kleenex, paper towels, sponges or other coarse shop towels, as these materials may contain abrasives that can scratch plastic, acrylic, poly carbonate surfaces or surface coatings. Also you will find many fabrics to be quite dusty or linty, leaving the same on your screen. Also not clean your screen with strong cleaners, polishes or a chemically treated cloths.

    Also avoid these cleaning chemicals: keytone type material (Acetone), alkalis, acids, phosphates, chlorides or caustics as they can cause damage to coatings or LCD polarizers.


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  6. GRudger

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    I sit corrected, yet again...hahaha
     
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    i would treat the lcd monitor as you would a camera lens or vision glasses.
     
  8. Deathblow

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    Yeah, I use my glasses cleaner for my LCD as well. It's called Silicone Freee Lens/Screen Wipes. Says underneath, anti-static/anti-fog lens/screen cleaner. I think something like that should do the job.
     
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