How to Clean Touch Screen Computers

By Melissa Young

Touch screen computers are sensitive plasma screens that require special care and cleaning. Over time, dust attracted by static and oils from repeated touching can build up on the screen, decreasing responsiveness. Proper care and cleaning will help extend the life of the screen and maximize performance.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Distilled water or screen cleaner
  • Cleaning wipes

Step 1

Clean the screen in the morning before turning it on. It is much easier to see dirt and fingerprints on a dark screen and a cool screen is less likely to leave streaks.

Step 2

Use a lint-free cloth rather than a paper towel, as paper towels can potentially scratch the screen. Moisten the cloth with distilled water or a cleaner specifically formulated for touch screens (screen cleaners are available online and at electronics stores). Do not use glass cleaners that contain ammonia or alcohol as they may damage the screen over time.

Step 3

Spray cleaner onto the cloth rather than directly onto the screen. Gently wipe the screen with the damp cloth, then use a dry cloth to wipe any excess moisture.

Step 4

Pre-moistened wipes specifically designed to clean screens are a convenient way to clean screens. These also provide anti-static protection.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your owners manual for specific cleaning recommendations for your screen.