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Cleaning Laptop Screen

by shariff / March 16, 2005 5:05 AM PST

Hi,

I just got a sony S series notebook and it has one of those Xbrite screens, which get dirty really fast. I tried cleaning it with a soft cloth but the fingure prints won't come off. Somebody suggested using an alcohol wipe.......is that okay? Does anyone know how to clean the screen without damaging it! Thanks in advance

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Widely discussed.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2005 5:16 AM PST
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no alcohol on laptop screen
by meatyocre / April 5, 2005 1:29 AM PDT
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Shariff,

I would not suggest using alcohol on your screen. Over time it will "yellow" the screen. This page has some information I found usefull: http://www.shaggymac.com/plugged.php

Their store has some really good laptop goodies. There are other stores online with similar items as well.

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Lcd Cleaner Update
by meatyocre / March 1, 2006 7:27 AM PST

Saw a post about Shaggymac's new lcd cleaner called Optimist Prime:

http://www.shaggymac.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=73

It looked good and I bought a bottle with their polishing cloth. It worked awesome! It is comforting to know that the cleaner you are using is "aerospace" grade and will safely clean any optical surface. The techs and network engineers at work were all impressed and ordered a case for the company. Many thumbs up.

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laptop screen lcd cleaner and laptop screen protector
by mobiguru / July 26, 2007 11:21 AM PDT
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What to use
by kstorm16 / April 7, 2005 7:52 PM PDT
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I use a product called Klear Screen. In fact I swear by it. It is good for LCD and CDs & DVDs. It comes in pre-moistened wipes or with a pump bottle and cloths. I prefer the Bottle and clothes as it is more economical. It is availible online and at computer shops. Later,

Kstorm

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What to Use
by markstan / April 8, 2005 3:08 AM PDT
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Where might we be able to buy Klear Screen?

Mark

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PC
by therightmove / April 14, 2006 5:20 AM PDT
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alcohol BASED cleaners are fine....
by server / April 8, 2005 1:12 AM PDT
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As an Optician, we primarily use lens cleaners that are all (mostly) alcohol based cleaners. If you want to clean your screen properly, buy some optical quality lens cleaner (good for AR coated lenses) and also get an optical lint-less shamy too. You will not regret it.

my $0.02

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alcohol will clean but.....
by Ashrock30 / January 25, 2012 7:12 AM PST

Yes it will clean but not intended for use on the coating on an LCD screen .....Over time it will discolor the display..........REMEMBER PC SCREENS ARE NOT GLASS!!!!!!!!!

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
by mmehall / April 9, 2005 3:43 AM PDT
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Check out the Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. They do a great job of removing fingerprints and smudges from the screen. 3M sells one under the Scotch-Brite brand. You can find them in hardware, drug stores and grocery stores.

-Mark

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I second the notion
by theding0 / April 9, 2005 11:32 AM PDT

I agree. Whatever cleaning products you decide to use, always keep a microfiber cloth on hand. I use them all over the place; I keep 1 with my digital camera, 1 set aside for my computer LCD screen, and 1 for my truck windows. More often then not, you can use them dry to buff off fingerprints and the like. You can buy an 8 pack of them at Wal-mart for about $5, I think (in the automtive cleaning isle in most stores...or electronics, depending on the size of the cloth you want.

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How to clean laptop screens
by zakiuddinsx / April 10, 2005 11:28 PM PDT
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Hey, clean it with a soft cloth damped with a little water ok reply me at(zakiuddins@mail.com)
I hped this helped you
Nice laptop by the way new technology(xbrite)

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Cleaning laptop screens
by dowesner / April 11, 2005 1:59 AM PDT
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The best and safest way is use a quart of warm water (preferably distilled water, which will not leave deposits) plus ONE or TWO drops of detergent to lower surface tension - not more. Anything more than this may be too harsh for some screens. This method is very good for removing stubborn fingerprints. However, some screens that look simple enough actually have a delicate chemical coating, so beware of rubbing too hard. It is also good for the coated glass used on some monitor screens, and LCD screens generally. I should add that I recently had a 17" NEC CRT whose glass cover was coated. I foolishly started rubbing with alcohol and removed a small area of the coating. The result is, I'm stuck with a clear patch the size of a penny which constrasts with the rest of the screen where the coating is intact. So beware of rubbing too hard with anything! I don't know about commercial wipes.

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Cleaning laptop screens
by Harryh / April 13, 2005 4:21 AM PDT

I agree to 100%. For me it seems that people in general dont understand how strong solvent alkohol is.

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cleaning laptop screens
by Gbrusca / May 3, 2005 7:38 AM PDT

so warm water with ne or two drops of detergetn shall do it. soap works fine also? mine is a 15.4" WGA TrubriteScreen.

Thanks

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Klear Screen is available
by orlbuckeye / July 26, 2007 8:42 PM PDT

at Apple stores or through Apple online. Google it and you may find it cheaper.

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screen cleaning
by commadore64 / September 18, 2008 5:55 PM PDT

I use Zeiss opticl cleaning wipes or regular non-alcohol cleaning solution from Wal-mart on eye glasses,screens,cd and dvds.

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Never use paper!
by bdhufnagel / March 3, 2006 3:56 AM PST
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Never use anythig with wood or other plant fibers because you risk adding micro-scratches to the finish.

Also, never use solvents. Iso-propyl alchohol is generally okay but you should only need water with a mild detergent.

Don't press hard when rubbing or drying.

Wipe slowly.

Always use a clean wipe. If your wiping cloth has dirt in it, you might as well use sandpaper.

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Cleaning high-gloss notebook screens
by kevinlbailey / March 20, 2006 5:05 AM PST
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Shariff,

I am with a company called ScreenTek and we are the largest replacement notebook screen supplier. So we have to deal with cleaning hundreds of notebook screens a day, both traditional antiglare and the newer high-gloss versions officially called antireflective which include Sony XBRITE, Toshiba TruBrite, HP BrightView, etc. We had many of our own customers ask us about how to clean screens in general and more specifically high-gloss so we went out and developed our own product called PixelClean.

First, never use anything like Windex which contains ammonia as this will permanently etch the polarizer of the LCD screen. Every LCD uses a polarizer which is a layer of film affixed to the outside of the glass. Secondly, isopropyl alcohol should not hurt the screen, but it is not always as effective on high-gloss screens. Thirdly, always use a non-scratching cleaning cloth as polarizers can easily scratch especially the high-gloss LCDs.

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Laptop screen cleaners
by jif13 / September 11, 2008 1:53 PM PDT
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Just bought new HP laptop.When screen needs cleaning I need info on

what product to use.

Thanks,
jif13

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cleaning lap top screen
by jonzielkj / June 3, 2010 7:50 AM PDT
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Hi, I accidentally sprayed nail glue on my brand new toshiba laptop screeen.... I unfortunately wiped it with a papertowel and now it is streaked. Don't know what to do or if anyone has any suggestions on what I can do to get this off. HELP!!!!!!

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Good news.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 3, 2010 8:30 AM PDT

This MIGHT be cheap to fix.

Look up LAPTOP SCREEN REPLACEMENT and add what COUNTRY you are in on google. Now call them up and ask if yours used a top protective film. Some did, most don't but these folk may know.
Bob

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Cleaning Laptop Screen
by YaniB714 / June 27, 2010 10:00 AM PDT
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I use ordinary baby wipes and never had any problem. If it's too moist, just squeeze out the extra moisture from the wipe before applying.

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