4 Top Touchscreen Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Ultrabook touchscreen

How to remove fingerprints, grime and other muck from your touchscreen device.

Touchscreens have changed the way we interact with our computing devices, but tactile interfaces have also unleashed the scourge of screen grunge. That’s made knowing how to remove gunk from the touch surface of your smartphone, tablet, Ultraboook or all-in-one PC an essential computing skill.

Many touchscreens are chemically designed to resist much of the dirt and oil that come from your fingertips. Nonetheless, keeping them clear of fingerprints and dust is a non-stop job and it gets tougher if you’re working on your device after you’ve eaten a sandwich or aren’t feeling well — your hands and fingers will have a different oil composition or you might even cough or sneeze on your screen.

It’s always smart to check the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines for your specific touchscreen device to ensure that you’re using the recommended method. In general, though, these cleaning tips will help keep your touchscreen squeaky clean:

Cleaning Smartphone Touchscreen

  • Gently wipe your monitor with a lint-free cloth. Natural fiber or micro-fiber cloths are preferred because they are less likely to leave scratches. Wipe away any visible dust and dirt, but don’t rub too hard or you may rub the dust particles across the screen and cause tiny scratches.
  • Wipe the screen with a slightly damp cloth. Water is safe on nearly all surfaces in small amounts. Depending on where you live, you may want to use filtered or bottled water instead of the tap variety. Never spray water (or any other liquid) directly on your screen because this could damage it (or leave water spots if you don’t clean carefully enough). Spray or apply a little water to a lint-free cloth and wring it out until the cloth is slightly damp. Gently clean your screen as if you were dusting.
  • For a very dirty screen, mix one part isopropyl alcohol and one part water. Use the mixture in place of just water to wipe your screen. The cloth should be only slightly damp. Never use ammonia-based products such as many window cleaners on a screen, as they can wear down the finish.
  • Use a commercially made monitor cleaner. Many home and office supply stores, electronics shops and mass retail stores sell cleaners made for all types of screens. Many of the cleaners are sold as a kit that includes a micro-fiber cloth.
4 Top Touchscreen Cleaning Tips

Cleaning Ultrabook touchscreen

How to remove fingerprints, grime and other muck from your touchscreen device.

Touchscreens have changed the way we interact with our computing devices, but tactile interfaces have also unleashed the scourge of screen grunge. That’s made knowing how to remove gunk from the touch surface of your smartphone, tablet, Ultraboook or all-in-one PC an essential computing skill.

Many touchscreens are chemically designed to resist much of the dirt and oil that come from your fingertips. Nonetheless, keeping them clear of fingerprints and dust is a non-stop job and it gets tougher if you’re working on your device after you’ve eaten a sandwich or aren’t feeling well — your hands and fingers will have a different oil composition or you might even cough or sneeze on your screen.

It’s always smart to check the manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines for your specific touchscreen device to ensure that you’re using the recommended method. In general, though, these cleaning tips will help keep your touchscreen squeaky clean:

Cleaning Smartphone Touchscreen

  • Gently wipe your monitor with a lint-free cloth. Natural fiber or micro-fiber cloths are preferred because they are less likely to leave scratches. Wipe away any visible dust and dirt, but don’t rub too hard or you may rub the dust particles across the screen and cause tiny scratches.
  • Wipe the screen with a slightly damp cloth. Water is safe on nearly all surfaces in small amounts. Depending on where you live, you may want to use filtered or bottled water instead of the tap variety. Never spray water (or any other liquid) directly on your screen because this could damage it (or leave water spots if you don’t clean carefully enough). Spray or apply a little water to a lint-free cloth and wring it out until the cloth is slightly damp. Gently clean your screen as if you were dusting.
  • For a very dirty screen, mix one part isopropyl alcohol and one part water. Use the mixture in place of just water to wipe your screen. The cloth should be only slightly damp. Never use ammonia-based products such as many window cleaners on a screen, as they can wear down the finish.
  • Use a commercially made monitor cleaner. Many home and office supply stores, electronics shops and mass retail stores sell cleaners made for all types of screens. Many of the cleaners are sold as a kit that includes a micro-fiber cloth.