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I have been trying for weeks to get my laptop screen clean. It's a glass LCD screen. I tried "Monitor Wipes" from Staples, I tried a Pledge Electronics Spray, I've tried water, I tried a dry cloth. Nothing works! There are still smudges, streaks, and smears all over my screen!
The computer is only 1.5 months old. The filth all over my screen gives a lousy impression to potential clients. Please share your best ways of cleaning screens.
To clean my laptop screen
1) I use a dry tissue to gently wipe away dust.
2) Small stubborn marks can usually be removed gently with a damp finger and then wiped clean with a tissue.
Since you have used a variety of liquids so far with smears as a result, I would recommend a spectacle cleaning cloth, warm steamy breath, a bright light and about ten minutes of gentle, careful cleaning. As a last resort, you could try a drop of vodka (or isopropyl alcohol) if the display really does have a glass front.
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Seriously I use a solution designed for windows, apply it with a sponge. Then keep gently wiping as it evaporates. Sometimes it can take a few attempts to get it smear free, but I find if you clean it regularly it tends to be easier to clean each time. I think the smear problems arrises when you leave the screen to gather dirt and grime over time.
I know that some manufacturers claim that their glossy screens have multiple fancy coatings but I also know BS when I see it.
Glass cleaning materials can contain solvents and mild abrasives both of which can damage plastics. Refer to manufacturer manuals for advice before using anything more than a slightly damp tissue or cloth.
The models you mention may be glass, I don't know, but other people reading this thread should not be left with the wrong idea.
The support agent was not able to confirm what the screen was made of (glass, plastic, composite, ...).
No ill effect ever. YMMV, as always.
Tricky bit lately is that my supply of isopropyl and dust free cotton is slowly running out, and finding new is proving to be very hard. For the dust free cotton, microfiber designed for cleaning windows works (even on a mac :o ), but I'm hesitant using other alcohols (possible effect on coatings) or to the mixing in of water (making it conductive to electricity).