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I saw the thread about cleaning screens with distilled water and a microfiber cloth, but if I want to get a specialized screen cleaning solution, what factors/properties should I look for?

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Don't waste money on solution, diluting vinegar with water works great.

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Upvoted but would love proof –  Ciaran Aug 15 '09 at 2:18
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well using the terms vinegar, computer, and monitor on google will show results about cleaning, if that is sufficient for you... google.ca/… –  John T Aug 15 '09 at 2:49
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One more vote for the (water+one of those soft cloths that come with glasses) solution. I've seen people do a whole afternoon discussions about cleaning solutions, only to have the same result afterwards. Like selling fog to scotts. –  ldigas Aug 15 '09 at 2:55
    
@John I'd like google to point me here though ;) –  Ciaran Aug 15 '09 at 11:36
    
Hmmm, in the video at today's second hit at Google, videojug.com/film/how-to-clean-your-computer-with-vinegar, the screen itself is not touched at all. Also, the order in which the cleaning is done is a bit odd... "Begin wiping down cables, mouse, keyboard and monitor." But well, it's just one out of many hits. (I use a damp cloth with a tiny bit of handsoap -- no problems so far.) –  Arjan Aug 16 '09 at 9:50

I often just use plain old Water (H2O). Absolutely no worries about it harming the coating on the screen and it gets the job done perfectly.

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Works great with plain old cotton cloth. –  Tadeusz A. Kadłubowski Aug 16 '09 at 14:06

As you wanted a vendor recommendation, a few years ago I collected 20 something odd cleaning solutions for TFT screens and personally tested them all for a few weeks at the office. In the end, Disko one-time use set was the clear winner by far (though also one of the more expensive). Their "wet" cloth was simply amazing, extremely thick and soaked like a sponge compared to other wet cloths that were usually just a damp and thin piece of paper-like material.

These days I'd go for just any microfibre cloth though and some water or if really deluxe, some vendors own cleaning solution which by experience perhaps'd be Disko as well, just for kicks or nostalgia ;)

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I'd love to hear if the upvotes are from people who also prefer Disko, or if it's just that my answer is somehow nice in its own merit ^^ –  Oskar Duveborn Sep 5 '09 at 16:22

A recent episode of HD Nation talks about cleaning HDTV screens.

They recommend using a microfiber cloth that is damp with distilled water.

For tougher cleaning they recommend creating a 50/50 mix of distilled water with isopropyl alcohol (don't use any scented variations)

I've found water and a microfiber cloth have always worked great - I don't like the thought of using a mix of alcohol or vinegar even though they're probably fine.

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Some window cleaning "spray thing" that I get in the supermarket.

They have different names depending what country you live in, but its all the same stuff.

However since lcd monitors have a "plastic" feeling I'm a little bit cautious my self, since I got the feeling that they scratch easy... So I think the cloth is more important than the liquid.

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Need to use a nonabrasive liquid though... like many alcohols don't qualify... –  tsilb Aug 16 '09 at 8:33

I bought the Philips LCD/Plasma Screen Cleaner Kit (SVC2543W/10), cloth included and it seems to do the job nicely.

"phillips screen cleaner"

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