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Properly Cleaning Your Laptop Screen
  Posted by: AceBHound on Aug 6th, 2005 10:39 AM
My laptop screen is getting pretty dirty, and in the past I've just used a soft cloth to wipe off dust -- but this doesn't take care of smudges or fingerprints very well. So what is the proper way to clean an LCD screen? Turns out that using any ammonia-based product or even the 50/50 rubbing alcohol and water solution that some people suggest on LCDs is a *bad* idea. Ammonia-based products will actually etch into the screen. The alcohol:water combinations will disolve anti-glare coatings and LCD screens will become yellow and hard with continued use of this method.

It looks like the only good solution is products made specifically for cleaning LCDs like Klear Screen that are alcohol-free and ammonia-free. Runner-up is using a soft cloth and dampening the cloth slightly if there's more than just a light coating of dust on the screen. So, spend the couple extra bucks for something that won't damage your expensive screen.. your laptop will thank you.

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