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Searched around and didn't see any similar posts so I thought I'd mention it.


A while back I bought a Dell laptop with a 15.4 inch LCD screen from a pawn shop, well once I got it home I went about cleaning it up because it was pretty dirty.


First I tried Nice'n Clean electronic cleaning wipes that I bought from Walmart, I always use these to clean my other laptop LCD's and they work great, but there were smudges that I couldn't remove.


Next I tried some dilluted alcohol, it seemed to help but the screen was still pretty dirty.


Finally I tried a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (Actually the 2 for 1.00 knock-off from the dollar store) and it worked perfectly.


I just bought a used 46 inch Sony Bravia LCD HDTV and I was having the same problem, after a thorough cleaning I still had areas of the screen that were dirty, but the Magic Eraser took care of them.


The Magic Eraser seems to do a very good job of getting into textured surfaces, and I'm guessing an LCD is just that, unless it has one of those glossy finishes.


So anyway, I wouldn't use it dry because it's basically an abrasive and the dryer it is the more abrasive it is, but I wouldn't want it too wet since we are talking electronics, after you've cleaned it with the Magic Eraser you'll want to go over it with something like the electronic wipes I mentioned before, otherwise the water will leave marks on the screen once it dries.


Another reason to use the wipes after is because for some reason the Magic Eraser doesn't always seem to pick up what it takes off.


Also, I wouldn't use too much pressure when cleaning with the Magic Eraser.


Hope this is helpful to someone.
 

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Thanks for the tip. I think I'm too scared to try the magic eraser on my big $$$ investment. It is great for taking any mark off of painted walls though.
 

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Well that's certainly up to you, and I certainly understand.


My set wasn't cheap by any means either and I certainly wouldn't go to that method right off the bat, as I didn't myself.


I don't know what other methods there are to clean the oil and dirt gets into the texture of the screen, but if you have any you can't get out, you probably won't find anything cheaper than a Magic Eraser (or the dollar store knock-offs if you can find them).


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Just keep in mind that the idea is to use whatever methods you already have available to you first, and hopefully you've taken care of your set and it's not that dirty in the first place.


The Magic Eraser is an abrasive, but when it's wet it's not much of an abrasive. When using it around the house for cleaning you'd use a lot more force, when I use it to clean an LCD I use it with the same force you'd use when cleaning your screen with a wipe or microfiber cloth, maybe less.


I know I didn't mention it but I did try a damp Microfiber cloth and it just wasn't able to get into the texture to remove the dirt and oil.


If you're scared to use a Magic Eraser, you probably take good care of your set anway and don't need to use this method.


I wouldn't consider it dangerous at all though.
 

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Windex and a paper napkin. Just spray the LCD and the napkin. Then use a dry paper napkin. There is no need for special solutions. Or just use purified water instead of windex.
 

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WINDEX............NO NO NO Dry Paper Napkin.......NO NO NO ABRASIVE and chemical.


are you trying to be mean or funny.
 

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Originally Posted by Suzook /forum/post/14171792


WINDEX............NO NO NO Dry Paper Napkin.......NO NO NO ABRASIVE and chemical.


are you trying to be mean or funny.

I would be very hesitate to use any abrasive on LCD.

So Suzook, what is the recommended method of cleaning screen. I did not see any info in manual for my Sony.
 

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well the most fool proof solution I have is distilled water and a damp microfiber cloth. Go over it a few times if you have to. You have to be especially careful with sets that have any sort of anti glare coating. I have tried the monster cable cleaner on one plasma with moderate success but never went back. The distilled/micro fiber combo has never failed me but takes a little more elbow grease
 

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I've never even seen it called an abrasive, I've only seen it referred to as a micro abrasive, and you moisten it, and you go over it lightly.


Just to make something clear, I haven't cleaned my laptop LCD with the Magic Eraser other than the first time, I keep my screen clean and don't touch it with my hands so it's not an issue, this is for those that have oil and dirt on their screens that they can't get out, after you've cleaned it this way, regular cleaning methods should suffice.
 

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I am less concerned with your suggestion on a laptop lcd than I am with a tv. Again YMMV but a safe bet is my suggested cleaning method
 

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I am less concerned with your suggestion on a laptop lcd than I am with a tv. Again YMMV but a safe bet is my suggested cleaning method

What concerns you about it, and how would it differ between a laptop LCD and an HDTV LCD?
 

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the coating on some laptops is not anti reflective and to me a bit stronger. Of course thats my opinion, not scientific.
 

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As I mentioned though, I was unable to get the screen clean with a damp microfiber cloth.


I would agree though that the suggested cleaning method should be tried first, after that the choice is yours.
 

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Originally Posted by Suzook /forum/post/14171792


WINDEX............NO NO NO Dry Paper Napkin.......NO NO NO ABRASIVE and chemical.


are you trying to be mean or funny.

No, not at all.

I have cleaned my LCDs for years this way and they look the same way when I installed them new. I use windex specially when an a-hole touches my lcd and leaves greasy fingers spots in the screen. If you are afraid of using windex, use purified water and a regular paper napkin.
 

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Well considering the magic eraser has taken the shine off my white walls I would NEVER use it on my LCD. The spots are very obvious when light hits it in the right direction, it just does not look like the rest of the wall, it is very dull.
 
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