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FINGERPRINTS on my laptop screen!!!

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Shoeless, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. Shoeless

    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

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    Ack!! My Quickbooks lady is a SCREEN TOUCHER!!!

    I now have fingerprints on my new laptop screen and I'm scared to clean it for fear I'll ruin it.

    What is the best thing to use to clean it with?

    Thanks!!
    Shoeless
     
  2. Brass Nazi

    Brass Nazi NO BRASS FOR U!

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    I use rubbing alchohol.
     

  3. m2hmghb

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    I usually use the kits at office depot or whatever and clean it once a month. Worked great for the time I had my lappy. Reminds me I need to get a new kit for my 19 inch LCD. Good luck shoeless.
     
  4. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    Alcohol and a soft cloth (NOT a paper towel or napkin) is OK for occasional use, but in the long haul alcohol can damage the anti-reflective coating and make your screen look like crap. Ammonia (Windex) is even worse.

    For general use, a warm, damp, soft cloth and a dry cloth are fine. I've had good luck with the alcohol and ammonia free LCD cleaning kits from CompUSA or other such places.
     
  5. Laramie In MT

    Laramie In MT

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    I'm pretty sure those cleaning kits they sell with the "liquid cleaner" are 1:1 Alcohol/Distilled water.
     
  6. HAVOC

    HAVOC Remember CLM Millennium Member

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    Some are, for sure. I made note to buy one that said alcohol and ammonia free thougu. Definitely doesn't smell like alcohol. It's more than water, but I can't place the scent, and haven't been ambitious enough to go looking.
     
  7. Blitzer

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    Isopropal Alcohol and water.


    http://ask.yahoo.com/20030722.html




    Tuesday July 22, 2003 Previous | Next

    Dear Yahoo!:

    How do I clean my flat-screen monitor?

    Pigpen

    Dear Pigpen:
    If that wonderfully sleek, space-saving flat-screen monitor adorning the top of your desk or workstation is blurry with fingerprints and smudges, there is hope. LCD (liquid crystal display) screens are especially susceptible to scratches and require a little special care, but you can have yours shining like new in no time. Apparently, every manufacturer has their own recommendations on how to best clean their particular model of LCD, but there are some general guidelines.

    You don't have to turn the monitor off before cleaning it, but this will help you see the smudges and smears. If your screen is merely dusty, you can wipe gently with a soft, cotton cloth or try a can of compressed air. But if your screen is downright grungy, you might have to resort to some tougher tactics.

    Though some people recommend using Windex, ethyl alcohol and ammonia-based cleaners can yellow your flat-screen or laptop monitor over time, so it is best to avoid such products. You can find an array of commercial products specifically designed to clean LCD screens, but you may prefer to just head to your kitchen and mix up your own solution. Plain old water can do the trick, or you can concoct a solution of vinegar and water or isopropyl alcohol and water.

    Always use a soft cotton cloth, rather than a rag or paper towel to wipe the screen. Some people recommend special electrostatic cloths, like those used to clean eyeglasses treated with anti-glare finish, or even dryer sheets. Apply the cleaning solution to your cloth rather than directly to the screen and wipe in one direction -- from the top of the screen to the bottom.

    One final word of warning, never touch or press on your LCD screen with your fingers as this can cause the pixels to burn out. :shocked:
     
  8. Minuteman

    Minuteman Jeff Gannon???

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    "Next time you touch my screen I'm going to smack you with this ruler, Ok?"

    :patriot:
     
  9. Captain America

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    Note suggestions:

    "Keyboards are for fingers. Screens are for eyes."

    "Please keep your fingers off my screen and I'll keep my keyboard out of your nose."
     
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    I wouldn't use alcohol. What are you going to drink? ;)

    Seriously though buy a cloth and cleaner specifically designed for lcd displays

    Another good investment is a cloth (same as above) that you place over your keyboard before you close the notebook to prevent oil from the keys from getting on your display.

    And threaten to cut her fingers off as she reaches for the monitor. usually it only take 3 or 4 fingers for people to get the idea.


     
  11. Shoeless

    Shoeless Gun Totin' Girl

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    Thanks guys! Mr Shoe has this very soft blue cloth he got to clean his glasses with. I dampened it with plain water and very gently wiped the marks from my laptop screen. I will indeed get a similar cloth to keep between the keys and the screen when I close the machine. Great idea!

    Thanks for all your help! :) :) :)

    Shoeless
     
  12. rhikdavis

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    Or just keep a box of surgical gloves on your desk.
     
  13. Getwild2

    Getwild2 Mac Aficionado

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    I used to work for a large computer refurb outfit in Atlanta. When we used to get orders for refurb laptops, we just used a very soft cloth soaked with plain water. Then another soft cloth to dry.

    Sounds like you've got it.

    BTW, make sure the laptop is powered off when cleaning the LCD.