Screen Cleaning How-To: From Smartphones to LCD TVs

Ever wonder what’s safe to use when cleaning your smartphone, computer monitor, or flat-screen TV? They always seem to be attracting dust. Smudgy fingerprints appear practically overnight. If you’ve ever wondered how to clean your phone, tablet, laptop, or any other screen, you’re in good company. Here’s where to start with screen cleaning. 

A person cleans smudges off their phone screen using SmartKlear's carbon smartphone cleaner

A Cleaner From Outer Space

Sometimes you need a high-tech solution to a high-tech problem, and this Carbon Smartphone Cleaner by SmartKlear is just that. The invisible carbon substance in the pads is the same stuff NASA uses on the Space Station windows. A swipe is all it takes to remove smudges, oily fingerprints, and greasy residue—the microscopic grime that accumulates on your screen that napkins, washcloths, and your shirt just push around. As you slide SmartKlear back into its case, the carbon pad slides against another carbon pad to clean itself, making it good for hundreds of uses.

A woman disinfects and wipes smudges off her tablet using Hans' antimicrobial screen cleaner

Disinfect Your Phone

Your phone goes everywhere with you. Bathrooms. Dining rooms. Rooms where people are sneezing. To annihilate germs and sheer grossness, hand it to the Hans Anti-microbial Screen Cleaner. This compact, two-sided device quickly and easily wipes away fingerprints, film, buildup, and bacteria. Hans uses a cleaning sponge saturated with screen-safe, antibacterial cleaner, which can easily be refilled as needed. Then flip it over and use the microfiber polishing cloth to restore that factory-fresh shine. 

A smudgy tablet lays next to iRoller's touchscreen cleaner

Clean with Surgical Precision

Your phone isn’t the only touch screen you need to clean on occasion. Other touch screens—like household appliances or tablets and e-readers—also need a polish now and then. And with the Touchscreen Cleaner by iRoller, you can roll the grime away. Its sticky surface was first developed to hold surgical instruments in place, but it’s just as effective at peeling fingerprints and dirt off your screen.

A woman sprays Screen Mom's natural screen cleaner on a microfiber towel

Immaculate Streaming

You have to be careful when cleaning new TVs. Never use glass cleaner. Unless you have a 30-year-old tube TV, you know, the kind that’s a foot or two thick and actually has a solid glass screen. Windex or anything else containing ammonia, alcohol, or acetone could spell disaster for your screen’s tech.

Plasma, LCD, and newer OLED screens all employ sensitive technology that doesn’t get along with traditional household cleaners. Instead, power your TV off and use a soft, lint-free cloth (preferably microfiber) to gently buff away fingerprints and dust. Don’t push too hard, though, because you could grind the dust in causing micro-scratches on the screen. 

For tougher jobs, you can use a gentle cleaning solution like Screen Mom’s Natural Screen Cleaner. It will polish your screen without the ammonia, alcohol, or acetone found in many other household cleaners. 

A woman uses Mist's microfiber screen cleaner sponge to clean her tablet

A Squeaky Clean PC

Treat laptop and computer screens just like you would a TV screen. The tech is different, but safe cleaning methodology is the same. First, power off your computer. Gently wipe with a soft cloth or a microfiber screen cleaner sponge from Mist. If necessary, use a gentle cleaner like Screen Mom—something that’s free of ammonia, acetone, and alcohol. Gently dampen a microfiber cloth with the cleaner and buff softly in circular motions. Your screen will look as good as new in no time.

If you’re still not sure how to clean your screen, phone, or other devices, try checking with the manufacturer. They’ll be able to clear up any questions you have about what cleaning supplies are safe. Then make sure to keep those supplies close at hand. You’ll be prepared to solve gross screen problems wherever you notice them. It’s just one of those small steps you can take to hack a sanity-saving solution into your busy schedule. 

Still in a screen cleaning frenzy? Focus that energy on spring cleaning your whole home!

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