A Quick and Easy Guide

Stop Cleaning Your iPhone Screen the Wrong Way

May 22, 2019 Tech By

Your computer‘s LCD display isn’t some slab of glass — you can’t just clean it with Windex. In order to get rid of the dust, fingerprint smudges and other stains, you need to be a little more calculated. Here’s how to do it right. (Note: This cleaning method is effectively the same on all LCD screens, including the one on your HDTV, monitor, iPhone or iPad.)

What you need: A microfiber cloth (paper products like paper towels or tissue paper can leave scratches or lint). Water and vinegar. Leave the fancy cleaning solutions and rubbing alcohols in the cupboard.

1. Turn your computer off. Leaving it on isn’t the worst offense in the world, but powering down eliminates any chance of some electrical snafu. Plus it’s easier to see the areas of the screen that need to be cleaned if it’s black.

2. Take your dry microfiber cloth and carefully wipe the screen. You can use a circular motion or swipe the screen end-to-end. The most important thing is that you don’t scrub the screen aggressively, which could damage it and cause permanent discoloration.

3. If you’re still not happy with the way the screen looks, it’s time to dampen the microfiber cloth. Mix a concoction of water and plain white vinegar (50/50) and lightly wet the microfiber cloth with it. If the cloth is soaked, beads could drip down the screen and possibly damage other parts of your computer. (Plus, it makes cleaning the screen more difficult.)

4. Wipe the lightly wet cloth on the screen, from side to side or in a circular motion, and use minimal pressure (same as Step 2). When finished, there should be no moisture on the screen.

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