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Question from Clara: I’ve been cleaning the screens on my MacBook Pro and iPhone with a micro-fiber cloth covered with glass cleaner.
But last night I heard that I shouldn’t do that because the glass cleaner could damage the screen.
What’s the best way to clean these types of screens?
Rick’s answer: The person who told you that was right, Clara.
Many glass cleaner solutions can cause discoloring and other forms of damage to the screens in modern flat panel displays and mobile devices.
As a general rule, it’s best to use electronic screen wipes that are pre-moistened with a solution that was designed specifically for flat panel display screens in order to keep them clean while preventing the devices from being damaged.
In general, it’s not a good idea to spray any kind of liquid onto a rag and use it to clean computer equipment since excess liquid can seep into cracks and cause damage inside the case.
The solution that’s on most wipes that are designed for cleaning electronic items won’t run, and the best wipes are also both static free and ammonia free.
You can find electronic screen wipes at your local electronics retailer or online at Amazon.
These wipes typically do an excellent job, they’re inexpensive, and they work with virtually every kind of screen in use today.
I hope this helps, Clara. Thanks for visiting my blog!
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