How to Clean Touch Screen Monitors

By Techwalla Contributor

Touch screen monitors are both input and output device as they receive and display information from one peripheral device - the monitor screen without the use of mouse or keyboard. They are used in a variety of different applications such as point of sale (POS), cash registers, ATM machines, among others. Touch screen monitors are very sensitive so proper cleaning and maintenance is of utmost importance to maximize its performance and prolong its life. Follow these cleaning steps:

Things You'll Need

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Distilled water
  • Screen cleaner kit

Step 1

Turn off both the computer and touch screen. This way, you can see everything that needs to be cleaned. Some touch screen applications has a cleaning mode which turns off the screen for the specific purpose of cleaning. However, the monitor's brightness can make you miss some areas.

Step 2

Wet a soft, lint-free or microfiber cloth with distilled water. Wring out as much water as you can. Make sure the cloth is damp but not wet. Wipe the screen in a gentle motion to remove dust, oil, or fingerprint smudges off.

Step 3

Another option is to use a screen cleaner kit that includes antistatic wipes. You can buy this at various electronic or online stores. Spray a little solution on a wipe then rub it gently across the screen.

Step 4

Finish cleaning the touch screen with a dry lint-free cloth to wipe any excess moisture, then turn it back on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean the touch screen regularly at least once a week to keep it running to its maximum.
  • Avoid using glass cleaners for cleaning touch screen monitors since they contain ammonia or alcohol that damages the screen over time.