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Mr C

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People are probably going to disagree with me here, but for the past 15 years I've used a dampened piece of ordinary kitchen towel, followed by a dry piece.


I've cleaned dozens of notebooks and lcd screens that way hundreds of times, and it has always worked perfectly and never caused any damage.


When I previously worked in an IT department, they spent quite a lot of money on specialist sprays and cloths, then one day a new secretary used the damp kitchen towel method, and stunned everyone in there with how well it worked !


(If it's a touch screen, make sure it's turned off before you try to wipe it, or it will faithfully try to follow your commands !)

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I agree with Strowager. I've always used that method. However plain water may not get rid of fingermarks that are greasy from natural oil in the skin. In that case I apply a bit of handwash to the damp paper towel, dry off with a second one then wipe over with a plain damp one finishing off with a final dry one.

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Well, I must be the odd one out.


I use window cleaner - in fact it is Astonish one and contains white vinegar.


Now people will suck in breath and think ‘No!’ think of the acid and other such ingredients – but never used anything else and never had an issue. 


No smearing cleans well – I use it on my monitors, TV’s, phone screens be it plastic or glass never had an issue with any marks, or reactions and I am pretty sure if it was going to risk causing damage it might say not to use it on screens – which I did notice something I bought from Poundland recently did say.


What is far more important that the ‘wet stuff’ is the thing you put it on and take it off with I have a spate microfiber cloth just for this because I’m more worried about hair line scratches than anything else. Other things I would say: Do it when the screen is cool – do it when the power is off too. Spray on to cloth not on top screen (no risk of runs getting into the bezel).


I would never use any thing like ‘Mr Sheen’ because they build up a layer of product over time and I find even leave smears on mirrors let along LCD panels.

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Wikihow has a step by step explanation with photos at:




They recommend distilled water, and with the possible addition of white vinegar as was in LR's cleaner.


I thought my suggestion of kitchen towel and water might horrify some purists !


I've never had to resort to anything more than tapwater though.


LR's point about wetting the cloth rather than the screen is crucial though, you must be very careful to not let any liquid seep into the machine.


Being an eco-friendly cheapskate, I also use the same wet kitchen towel to gently wipe the keyboard as well, after wiping the screen with it. 


It enables me to quickly transform the most disheveled looking notebooks back to new in a few seconds.   :)

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