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How to clean a laptop screen in 5 steps

With this guide we’ll share a simple step-by-step method for how to clean your laptop screen.


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Key Steps

  • Turn off your device.

  • Unplug the laptop from external power sources and devices.

  • Use a damp, lint-free cloth to wipe the surface of your notebook screen.

  • Allow your device to air dry before closing the lid.

  • Avoid using aerosol sprays and other abrasive cleaners.

Laptop and notebook screens are often LCD (rather than glass like older computer monitors), so they need a little extra care when it comes to keeping them smudge-free. This article will cover the step-by-step process of how to clean a laptop screen safely, wiping away dirt, grime and stubborn fingerprints.

To remove fingerprints from laptop screen surfaces safely, avoid using aerosol sprays, solvents and abrasive cleaners and always use a lint-free cloth to ensure you don’t damage the screen.

How to clean your laptop screen: top tips plus dos and don’ts

Whether you simply want to remove fingerprints from a laptop screen, or you have more stubborn stains to tackle, here are our top tips plus dos and don’ts for cleaning your laptop screen.

  1. Always turn off your laptop first.

  2. Unplug your laptop before cleaning.

  3. For general cleaning:

    • You need a soft, lint-free cloth.

    • Wipe down the surface of your screen.

    • This will remove any dust and surface grime such as fingerprints.

  4. For deeper cleaning:

    • Dip a lint-free cloth into a bowl of water.

    • Wring out all the excess moisture – this will leave the cloth damp rather than saturated.

    • Gently rub the screen of your laptop.

    • Take care to not leave any excess liquid on the screen, as this could cause damage.

    • Allow the screen to air dry completely before closing the lid.

  5. Important dos and don’ts to remember:

    • DO place a lint-free cloth between the keyboard and screen to prevent the keys leaving ‘stains’ on the screen.

    • DO consider investing in some LCD screen cleaners or lint-free wipes for a speedier cleaning method.

    • DON’T use alcohol or ammonia-based cleaners as these are likely to damage your LCD screen.

    •  DON’T spray any cleaner directly onto the screen.

How to clean MacBook Pro screen surfaces: your guide to cleaning your Apple

With these steps, we’ll show you how to clean MacBook air screen surfaces or MacBook Pro screens quickly and easily.

  1. Turn off your MacBook Air or Pro.

  2. Unplug your MacBook from external power sources and devices.

  3. Clean the exterior around the screen with a damp, soft, lint-free cloth.

  4. Dampen a second lint-free soft cloth to wipe down the screen of your MacBook.

  5. Allow your MacBook to air dry, before closing the lid.

  6. Dos and don’ts of cleaning your MacBook:

    • DO make sure you follow the instructions in your MacBook care manual for specific care details.

    • DO always use a lint-free cloth, to prevent scratches to your screen.

    • DO always turn off your notebook before cleaning.

    • DON'T allow water to saturate your cleaning cloth or get into any openings on your MacBook.

    • DON’T spray liquid directly onto your Apple Mac notebook.

    • DON’T use aerosol sprays, solvents, abrasives or hydrogen peroxide cleaners as they can damage the screen and finish of your MacBook.

With this simple guide, we’ve now shown you how to remove fingerprints from laptop and MacBook screens with ease. This will allow you to keep your tech in the best condition possible. For more advice, check out our article on on how to clean your computer and other electronic devices.

Safety Warning

Be careful not to get water in any openings!