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Best Cleaner for LCD

Discussion in 'ATI' started by Gamer, Apr 25, 2004.

  1. Gamer

    Gamer Guest

    What is the best cleaner for an LCD screen? I have run into the same problem
    now twice. First, on my Planar desktop LCD, i used a little 90% alcohol on
    a soft cloth and wiped gently. The result was these blotchy streaks that I
    have not yet been able to get out. It appears to be some kind of oil or
    grit--a blotch of film in the center of the screen would be the best way to
    describe it.

    I recently tried cleaning my laptop screen with pretty much the same
    results. It is only noticable when the screens are off and the light hits it
    a certain way, but there IS something on it. I don't see how it could be a
    chemical reaction considering every major manufactor of LCD's says to use
    alcohol. Water seems to leave traces as well. Is there something out there
    that I should try? Assuming I haven't damaged my screens, any suggestions as
    to what to do next? I mean, I should be able to clean these screens without
    leaving a film.

    Thanks,
    Chalky
     
    Gamer, Apr 25, 2004
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  2. Gamer

    JAD Guest

    I have always just used a cotton cloth with water. 90% is pretty
    caustic, I would not consider using anything over 50%.
    camera lens cleaners and eye glass cleaners for plastic lenses are
    usually a 50/50 solution. There are many commercial cleaners out there
    nice'n clean, Klear Screen are a couple.
     
    JAD, Apr 25, 2004
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  3. Gamer

    Slug Guest

    Yea, but those are for glass screens. LCD screens are some sort of
    plastic material. I use just plain water on mine as I had the same
    streaking issue using an isopropryl solution.
     
    Slug, Apr 25, 2004
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  4. Gamer

    Jerry Hughes Guest

    My LCD monitor says to ONLY use a damp (not wet) cotton cloth. Works
    fine.

    Jerry
     
    Jerry Hughes, Apr 25, 2004
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  5. Gamer

    Paul Murphy Guest

    There are dedicated LCD screen cleaners out there. If you speak with a shop
    dealing in laptops they should be very familiar with such products. I use a
    product called Lindy Clean LCD Screen with a paper towel and it works
    perfectly for my needs. It depends where you live as to what products will
    be available but using a search engine should bring some results.

    Paul
     
    Paul Murphy, Apr 25, 2004
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  6. Gamer

    Heywood Guest

    Reverse Osmosis h20 on a damp rag does it here!
     
    Heywood, Apr 26, 2004
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  7. Gamer

    JAD Guest

    klear screen claims either / or
    nice 'n clean has no reference to LCD/TFT but the solution is almost
    identical. I agree damp cloth and soft rag is the safest. with some
    common sense as to what 'damp' is.....

     
    JAD, Apr 26, 2004
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  8. Gamer

    Asestar Guest

    You could use some "spit and rub" method to remove those "film" effects. :)

    No really, 90% alcohol is dangerous. My Fujitsu-Siemens laptop recommends
    using non-soap cleaners. I get best result from a cheap antistatic/anti
    reflection cleaner in a spray, and using a clean cotton cloth.
    Anyway, damping the cloth with hot water is also good idea. Only slightly
    wet cloth, not dripping.
     
    Asestar, Apr 26, 2004
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  9. Gamer

    Bob Cronin Guest

    Best cleaner I ever found for any display (CRT or LCD) is distilled
    water, applied (sparingly) directly to the screen with one of those
    little misting sprayer bottles you get to cool you off in the Summer.
    Then use one of those Fellowes "PerfectClean" cloths to wipe it off. You
    can get distilled water for less than USD $1, a sprayer bottle for not
    much more and the Fellowes cloth for about USD $5.
     
    Bob Cronin, Apr 26, 2004
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  10. Gamer

    Chalky Guest

    Actually, I just tried plain water and a rag and I rubbed a little bit
    harder than before and it worked like a charm! No worries!

    Thanks all,

    Chalky
     
    Chalky, Apr 26, 2004
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  11. Gamer

    Pluvious Guest

    On Sun, 25 Apr 2004 16:49:09 GMT, "Gamer"

    ||What is the best cleaner for an LCD screen? I have run into the same problem
    ||now twice. First, on my Planar desktop LCD, i used a little 90% alcohol on
    ||a soft cloth and wiped gently. The result was these blotchy streaks that I
    ||have not yet been able to get out. It appears to be some kind of oil or
    ||grit--a blotch of film in the center of the screen would be the best way to
    ||describe it.
    ||

    OMG you just burned off the special layer of protection with that
    alcohol! Bummer...

    ||I recently tried cleaning my laptop screen with pretty much the same
    ||results. It is only noticable when the screens are off and the light hits it
    ||a certain way, but there IS something on it. I don't see how it could be a
    ||chemical reaction considering every major manufactor of LCD's says to use
    ||alcohol. Water seems to leave traces as well. Is there something out there
    ||that I should try? Assuming I haven't damaged my screens, any suggestions as
    ||to what to do next? I mean, I should be able to clean these screens without
    ||leaving a film.
    ||
    ||Thanks,
    ||Chalky
    ||


    When you rebuy your ruined LCD monitors use this next time:

    Montior Lizard- at www.super-seal.com

    It looks expensive but it isn't concidering how big a bottle of the
    stuff is. I find that one 'coat' will last weeks on end without having
    to reaply so one bottle will last years. I found this stuff due to Leo
    Laport from TechTV raving about it. He mentioned that many spray
    cleaners "CLAIM" to be safe but its very very rare that they are. This
    stuff is top notch.

    Pluvious
     
    Pluvious, Apr 26, 2004
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  12. Gamer

    Pluvious Guest

    On Sun, 25 Apr 2004 21:03:27 +0100, "Paul Murphy"

    ||There are dedicated LCD screen cleaners out there. If you speak with a shop
    ||dealing in laptops they should be very familiar with such products. I use a
    ||product called Lindy Clean LCD Screen with a PAPER TOWEL(!?!) and it works
    ||perfectly for my needs. It depends where you live as to what products will
    ||be available but using a search engine should bring some results.
    ||
    ||Paul

    I don't recommend using a paper towel. You might as well use
    sandpaper. Eyeclass lens cloths are a good choice as is 100% cotton.

    Paper towels and tissue paper are made from wood....

    Pluvious


    ||||> What is the best cleaner for an LCD screen? I have run into the same
    ||problem
    ||> now twice. First, on my Planar desktop LCD, i used a little 90% alcohol
    ||on
    ||> a soft cloth and wiped gently. The result was these blotchy streaks that
    ||I
    ||> have not yet been able to get out. It appears to be some kind of oil or
    ||> grit--a blotch of film in the center of the screen would be the best way
    ||to
    ||> describe it.
    ||>
    ||> I recently tried cleaning my laptop screen with pretty much the same
    ||> results. It is only noticable when the screens are off and the light hits
    ||it
    ||> a certain way, but there IS something on it. I don't see how it could be a
    ||> chemical reaction considering every major manufactor of LCD's says to use
    ||> alcohol. Water seems to leave traces as well. Is there something out there
    ||> that I should try? Assuming I haven't damaged my screens, any suggestions
    ||as
    ||> to what to do next? I mean, I should be able to clean these screens
    ||without
    ||> leaving a film.
    ||>
    ||> Thanks,
    ||> Chalky
    ||
     
    Pluvious, Apr 26, 2004
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  13. Gamer

    Asestar Guest

    OMG you just burned off the special layer of protection with that
    There is NO protection layer on LCD that can be "BURNED" by an Alcohol. Have
    you ever studied some chemistry? Stop terrifying the OP. Alcohols are
    non-corrosive. They do not react with pretty much any polymer. There is a
    difference between alcohol and acid.

    Yeah, you can burn money on that + shipping, or just open a tap and get some
    free hot-water-on-cotton to do the same thing.. Your choice.
    Do you buy everything they sell on tv?? Hahaaa.. no wonder they keep on
    selling stuff on tv, thanks to people like you.
    How can a company spend so much money on tv-ads to sell their stuff, if the
    product itself is not VERY profitable (cheap to make) for them?
     
    Asestar, Apr 26, 2004
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  14. Gamer

    Paul Murphy Guest

    Well I don't know about the paper towels where you live but they're nothing
    like sandpaper where I am - why are you exagerating, do you want to scare
    people? Sure they're made out of wood but it has been treated extensively
    since its raw state and the fibres have been softened, its not like your
    grabbing a branch and rubbing it against the screen. There's no scratches in
    my screen (not even if you look REALLY closely) and it's been cleaned a fair
    few times over the years I've had it. I'm very fussy with my hardware and if
    I'd picked up the slightest hint of a problem I would have stopped using
    this combination. If it was a camera lense or mirrored sunglasses then I'd
    agree with you (I own specialised cleaning materials for each of these) but
    its overkill to be concerned on just a regular TFT monitor - and it
    definitely doesn't warrant changing my post and then using it in a quote!

    Paul

    <snip>
     
    Paul Murphy, Apr 27, 2004
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  15. Gamer

    Asestar Guest

    I know what you are talking about. I use similar solution to clean LCD.
    These are not actually paper towels, more like thin fabric towels. It is not
    easy to tear them, like common tissue pappers. They behave more like
    wet-facial wipes.
     
    Asestar, Apr 27, 2004
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  16. Gamer

    Pluvious Guest

    ||> OMG you just burned off the special layer of protection with that
    ||> alcohol! Bummer...
    ||
    ||There is NO protection layer on LCD that can be "BURNED" by an Alcohol. Have
    ||you ever studied some chemistry? Stop terrifying the OP. Alcohols are
    ||non-corrosive. They do not react with pretty much any polymer. There is a
    ||difference between alcohol and acid.
    ||
    ||
    ||> When you rebuy your ruined LCD monitors use this next time:
    ||> Montior Lizard- at www.super-seal.com
    ||
    ||Yeah, you can burn money on that + shipping, or just open a tap and get some
    ||free hot-water-on-cotton to do the same thing.. Your choice.
    ||
    ||> It looks expensive but it isn't concidering how big a bottle of the
    ||> stuff is. I find that one 'coat' will last weeks on end without having
    ||> to reaply so one bottle will last years. I found this stuff due to Leo
    ||> Laport from TechTV raving about it. He mentioned that many spray
    ||> cleaners "CLAIM" to be safe but its very very rare that they are. This
    ||> stuff is top notch.
    ||
    ||Do you buy everything they sell on tv?? Hahaaa.. no wonder they keep on
    ||selling stuff on tv, thanks to people like you.
    ||How can a company spend so much money on tv-ads to sell their stuff, if the
    ||product itself is not VERY profitable (cheap to make) for them?
    ||


    Gamer wanted to know the best cleaner for LCD (subject) I gave him a
    very good lead on a product that matches that request and then some.
    Maybe instead of ranting about something you know nothing of and
    actually contribute to the thread in a helpful way.. until then STFU.
    You had no right to slam me like that.

    Pluvious
     
    Pluvious, Apr 27, 2004
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  17. Gamer

    JAD Guest

    don't sweat it....they just don't know what an alarmist/extremist you
    are, and that's not your fault either as 80% of the world lives on the
    FAR right or the FAR left nowadays. I guess the middle is much to
    boring for most, you get no severe reactions to your statements that
    way.
     
    JAD, Apr 27, 2004
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  18. Gamer

    Asestar Guest

    Gamer wanted to know the best cleaner for LCD (subject) I gave him a
    Hey hey.. don't get so angry. It just seemed that one preticular post was
    very mis-informing. Like burning off protection layer, buying a new lcd and
    so on.
    And yes, I did actually contribute to the thread in a helpful way, by
    telling everyone that no cleaner product / alcohol can damage the LCD's.
     
    Asestar, Apr 27, 2004
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  19. Gamer

    Darthy Guest

    Gotta love theres no page or manual about LCD or noteboook screen
    matainece.... some may have it... but I don't see.

    Compare to a typical VCR manual - they have a DOs and DOn't and a part
    on cleanings.
     
    Darthy, Apr 29, 2004
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  20. Gamer

    Paul Murphy Guest

    Paul Murphy, May 2, 2004
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