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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

How to clean a touch screen


Do you always wash your hands before using your laptop, tablet, or smartphone? Neither do I. And the result isn’t pretty. Touchscreens need to be cleaned often. They get dirty quicker than non-touch screens, and the dirt interferes with both the visual experience and touch sensitivity.

(Step:1) Choose a microfiber cloth. This is ideal for cleaning a touchscreen. Some devices will have such a cloth included or perhaps you can borrow one you use on your sunglasses. The cost of such cloth varies. Look around for a good deal on such cloth or substitute with a cheaper but still effective microfiber cloth.

(Step:2) Turn off the device before commencing to clean it. It is usually much easier to see where to clean when the device is switched off. You don’t have to buy anything expensive and special. Touch screens may be high-tech.

(Step:3) Give the screen a once over by brushing it with the microfiber in small circles. This will remove the majority of simple imperfections.

How to clean a touch screen

(Step:4) Only if truly needed, moisten a cotton cloth, even the corner of your cotton shirt, and repeat the small circular motions. It may actually be enough to just breathe over the screen and use that moisture to clean with. Read the instructions accompanying the cloth you're using. Some of them need to be made slightly damp before use. If this is the case, skip this step and follow the cloth's instructions instead. If dampening a cloth, it is best to use distilled water or a cleaner specifically designed for cleaning touch screens.

(Step:5) Brush again with the microfiber cloth to finish off. Don't over-rub though! And if there is any dampness left, just leave it to air dry. Do not put too much pressure on the screen when cleaning it. Wash the microfiber cloth. To wash the microfiber cloth, soak it in warm, soapy water. Scrub the cloth lightly while soaking it (not too hard or you will damage the cloth). After soaking, avoid squeezing out any excess water, let the cloth out to air dry. If you're in a hurry, you may want to blow dry it. Do not wash any screens with the cloth until dry (or lightly damp) to the touch.

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