One of the most common questions I am asked, now that LCDs are in wide use, is how to clean one.� Every manufacturer has their recommended method.� What Envision recommends will ruin an NEC LCD and void your warranty.� As you will be able to tell every LCD needs to be cleaned in a different way.� Another thing I learned from finding all this information is that every manufacturer has the same warning: Never touch or press on the LCD screen with your fingers - NEVER!!!� Doing so can cause the pixels to short out and die.� Then you will have blank spots on your LCD.
Here is the cleaning information I have gathered from various manufacturer's web sites.� The text is taken verbatim from the manufacturer�s web sites, �read-me� files, PDFs and e-mails.
List of manufacturers:
I called CTX tech support and was told the way to clean their LCDs was in the Technical Glossary and General FAQ.� I asked the guy to check that out and he said he couldn�t find it either.� He said to use very mild soap, tepid or lukewarm water and a just slightly moist lint-free cloth.� This is supposed to be added to their General FAQ.
I received an e-mail in response to a web based tech support request.
From: Bob Seidel [mailto:email@example.com]
Subject: TV set
You should only touch the screen with a DAMP moist cloth and and VERY gently clean.
How do I maintain and clean the LCD screen on my Dell� notebook?
A common cause for marks on the LCD is oil and dirt deposited on the keys of the keyboard that can get pressed against the LCD when carried in a carrying case or when pressure is applied to the lid.
There are many cleaners sold specifically as LCD cleaners. These are perfectly acceptable for cleaning LCDs on Dell notebooks. If you do not wish to purchase one of these products designated specifically as an LCD cleanser, the following is a list of what is and is not acceptable for cleaning your LCD.
The following cleaners are acceptable:
The following cleaners are unacceptable:
These cleaners might cause permanent damage to the LCD due to a chemical reaction. Some commercial window cleaners contain ammonia and are generally unacceptable.
Clean the computer's built-in LCD display with a soft, clean cloth and one of the cleaners listed above or a commercial window cleaner that does not contain ammonia, wax or abrasives. Apply the cleaner to the cloth, and then stroke the cloth across the display in one direction, moving from the top of the display to the bottom. If the display contains grease or some other contaminant, use a cloth with an acceptable cleaner listed above instead of a commercial window cleaner.
o Turn off the product before cleaning.
o Use only a dry soft cloth or clean wipe when cleaning the LCD panel surface.
o Use a soft cloth moistened with mild detergent to clean the display housing.
o Use only high quality and safety approved AC/DC power adapter.
o Disconnect the power plug from AC outlet if the product is not used for a long period of time.
o Do not touch the LCD panel surface with sharp or hard objects.
o Do not use abrasive cleaners, waxes or solvents for your cleaning.
o Do not operate the product under the following conditions:
� Extremely hot, cold or humid environment.
� Areas susceptible to excessive dust and dirt.
� Near any appliance generating a strong magnetic field.
� Place in direct sunlight.
Q. How do I clean my monitor - LCD & CRT?
A. You can use Windex� to clean the screen and 409� clean the outer casing of the monitor. Please use a "soft" non-fibrous cloth to clean the screen. Do not use any paper products to clean the screen.�
��������� [Webster: I would use the non-ammonia based Windex]
Cleaning your LCD monitor
Shut down and unplug the computer and clean the LCD screen with a soft cloth moistened only with water. Wet the cloth, wipe the display, and then dry the screen with another soft cloth.
Caring for and Cleaning the Display
To maximize screen life and prevent damage to the LCD panel, we recommend that you:
� Use the display power management system (if available on your PC).
� If you don�t use a power management system, turn off the display when you won�t be using it for an extended period.
� Don�t press, rub, or poke the display with your finger or other object.
� Handle your display with care
Your LCD module is a high-quality optical device that requires special care when cleaning.
To clean the screen:
1. Shut down the PC.
2. Turn off and unplug the display
3. Gently dust the screen with a dry, soft, line-free cloth.� [Webster: I think they meant lint-free]
Note: If the screen is still dirty, you can dampen the cloth with several drops of
distilled water.� Make sure the LCD panel is completely dry before you turn
the display back on.
4. Plug in the display.
5. Turn on your PC and display.
To clean the screen:
1. Turn off the monitor and remove the power plug (pull the plug, not the cable)
2. Soak a soft gauze cloth with isopropyl alcohol or ethyl alcohol diluted with water (1:1) and gently wipe the surface of the monitor.� Do not dust it or wipe it with a cloth dampened with pure water.
3. Dry with a clean, soft cotton cloth.
CAUTION: Never use pure water to clean the LCD screen. Do not use cleaning solutions containing fluoride, acids or alkalis. Do not use ketone substances such as acetone or solvents such as xylene or toluene to clean the monitor. Do not use benzene, thinner, ammonia or any volatile substance to clean the monitor's screen or cabinet. These chemicals may damage the monitor.
This is the strangest one ever.� On
I will assume he means rubbing or isopropyl alcohol and a cotton lint-free cloth.�
You are on your own for Hyundai LCDs it seems.� Sorry I couldn�t find anything more concrete for you.
AVC Tech, Inc.
Tel: 630-595-0123 or 800-568-0060
Fax: 630-595-2345 or 800-784-9422
I received an e-mail from IQT on
> -----Original Message-----
> From: IQT [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> To: Carl Webster
> Subject: Re: cleaning my LCD
> Dear Sir/Ma'am,
> Thank you for your interest in Hyundai ImageQuest.
> Please do not use alcohol and solvent, when you clean up the screen.
> Window and glass cleaner with a soft cloth or a flannel be
> Thank you for your consideration, again.
> Truly yours
Caring for your Monitor
��������� Be sure to turn off the power before you perform any maintenance on the monitor. Clean your monitor as follows:
� Gently wipe the device covers and the screen with a soft cloth.
� Remove finger marks and grease with a damp cloth and mild detergent; ��� do not use solvents or abrasives.
� Never use flammable cleaning material to clean your IBM monitor or any other electrical apparatus.
[From a message received from KDS technical support]
In regards to your message, please follow the steps below:
Items that will be necessary before proceeding to the next step:
- Soft Non-Abrasive Cloth)
- Rubbing Alcohol or Windex (Ammonia-Free)
1) Moisten the cloth with either the rubbing alcohol or the Windex (Ammonia Free).
2) Apply the moistened cloth anywhere on the monitor that requires cleaning, in a circular pattern.
3) Continue steps 1-2 until adhesive residue in its entirety.
KDS Technical Support,
From the User Manual for the RAD-5 page iii:
��������� The display area is highly prone to scratching.� Do not use ketone-type
��������� cleaners (i.e. acetone), ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid or methyl
chloride to clean the panel.� Doing so may result in permanent
Water, IPA (Iso Prophyl Alcohol) and Hexane are safe cleaners.
Do not allow oil or water to penetrate the display, as droplets cause
staining and discoloration with time.
Keep food particles and fingerprints away from the display area at all
MAG was another hard one to get any
information on.� On
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Osiel Ocampo [mailto:email@example.com]
> Subject: Re: Cleaning my LCD
> Dear customer.
> You can use regular Windex, just do not spray directly to
> monitor screen, spray to a soft rag or cloth and then wipe
> out gently, any other question please let us know and thank
> you for your time.
> Technical Support
Clean the LCD monitor surface with a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth. Avoid using any cleaning solution or glass cleaner.
[Webster: Sounds like you need to use lukewarm water with a very weak detergent, like Palmolive.� Don't lather the solution and just barely moisten the cloth.]
��������� Clean the monitor with a soft, dry cloth.
��������� CAUTION: Do not use benzene or thinner or rubbing alcohol.� Doing so may adversely affect the surface, e.g. discoloration.� In addition, do not use commercially-available cleaners and cosmetics as they may contain components harmful to the surface.
Do not directly add or spray water or detergent.� If liquid enters the inside, this may cause the display to work improperly or be damaged.
Unplug the monitor, if you need to clean it with a slightly damp cloth. Wiping the screen with a dry
cloth is possible when the power is off. However, never use alcohol, solvents, or ammonia-based
Q: How should I clean the LCD surface?
A: For normal cleaning, use the clean, soft and fine. For extensive cleaning, please use Isopropyl
alcohol. Do not use other solvents such as ethyl alcohol, ethanol, acetone, hexane, etc.
��������� Cleaning LCD monitors:
��������� Wipe the screen with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth. This removes dust and other particles.
��������� If still not clean, apply a small amount of non-ammonia, non-alcohol based glass cleaner onto a clean, soft, lint-free cloth, and wipe the screen with only a slight pressure. Too much pressure may damage the screen.
��������� Warning: DO NOT use water on LCD monitor.
��������� Cleaning monitor case:
��������� Use a soft, dry cloth.
��������� If still not clean, apply a small amount of a non-ammonia, non-alcohol based, mild non-abrasive detergent onto a clean, soft, lint-free cloth, then wipe the surface.
WinBook Tech Article
For more information visit www.winbookcorp.com
How to Clean a WinBook Notebook Computer
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NOTE: You, the customer, are solely responsible for data security. WinBook strongly recommends that you perform a backup of all personal data contained on your system prior to performing this procedure. Warning: WinBook will NOT be held responsible for any data loss incurred during this process.
As part of a proper system maintenance routine, WinBook Corporation recommends cleaning both the case and the screen of your notebook.
I hope this helps.� If you have an LCD that I did not list let me know and I'll see what I can find out for you.