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This is how you should clean the screen of your cell phone, PC, tablet and others | Digital Trends Spanish

To explain the progress that smart screens have had, understood these as those that can be connected to the internet or other devices, suffice it to say that now we have the possibility of “dressing” these through different wearables. Of course, the displays The latest generation are also exposed to all kinds of factors, from accidental bumps to the grease of each user’s fingerprints. So, what these lines intend is to answer the question of how to clean the screen of the cell phone, computer and tablet, among others.

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The apple firm has general suggestions on how to clean products that have its seal, from a MacBook to an iPhone.

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Thus, the recommendations that apply to all your devices are as follows:

  • Use only a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid using abrasive cloths, towels, paper napkins, or similar items.
  • Avoid over-cleaning, as you could damage the product.
  • Disconnect all external power sources, devices, and cables.
  • Keep liquids away from the product, unless otherwise noted for specific products.
  • Do not let moisture enter through any openings.
  • Don’t use sprays, bleaches, or abrasive substances.
  • Do not spray any cleaner directly on the device.

What about the use of disinfectants on the screen of electronics? The advice from the Cupertino people is that you can use either 70 percent isopropyl alcohol or 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipes – as well as Clorox disinfectant wipes – to gently clean hard, waterproof equipment surfaces, such as screen, keyboard, or other external surfaces.

“Don’t use products that contain bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Avoid wetting the openings and do not immerse the Apple product in any cleaning agent. Do not use these products on fabric or leather surfaces ”, says the company co-founded by Steve Jobs.

In addition, it refers that liquid damage is not covered by the Apple warranty or by the AppleCare Protection Plan, but may “be considered under consumer protection laws.”

In the specific case of your laptops and desktops – for those who want to take extreme precautions – the ideal would be to clean the screen with a soft, lint-free cloth dampened only with water. A 70 percent isopropyl alcohol solution can be used in this to remove a stubborn stain.

Regarding their iPads, the recommendation is only to use a slightly damp cloth, and perhaps it is due to the fact that the tablets contain an oleophobic coating.

“The grease-repelling ability of this coating will decrease with time and normal use; if the screen is rubbed with an abrasive material, this process will accelerate and the screen could be scratched, ”explains Apple.

With its next-generation iPhones (11, 12 and 13 series), Apple does not rule out using 70 percent isopropyl alcohol or 75 percent ethyl alcohol wipes – as well as Clorox disinfectant wipes – to gently clean their surfaces. external. Remember, however, that cleaning products and abrasive materials will wear away the oleophobic (fingerprint resistant) coating and can scratch phones.

The wipes with the same characteristics are used to gently clean the outer surfaces of the Apple Watch and the metallic, uniloop and sports bands, as well as the cloth slightly dampened with fresh water. “You can also hold the Apple Watch under a gentle stream of warm water for 10 to 15 seconds.”


Before cleaning Galaxy cell phones, Galaxy tablets and even Galaxy Watch (without considering the watch straps), Samsung recommends turning off the equipment and removing any casing or cover, as well as disconnecting the cables and accessories if applicable for each case.

Subsequently, it is essential to have a soft, lint-free microfiber cloth, with which the outer surface of the devices will be gently cleaned. If required, one end of the fabric can be moistened with distilled water or disinfectant, such as hypochlorous acid-based products (50-80 ppm) or alcohol (more than 70 percent ethyl or isopropyl). The important thing is to avoid excessive cleaning, according to Samsung.

The above recommendation only applies to the glass, ceramic and metal surfaces of the appliances. It is not recommended for soft accessories, ie those made of leather, rubber or plastic.

In addition to not advising to use chlorine-moistened wipes, it does not indicate the use of compressed air or spraying bleach or liquid solutions directly on the display.

In relation to its large-format screens, such as monitors and smart televisions, the South Korean indicates cleaning the panel gently, in a circular way, with a dry, lint-free cloth. “Do not use cleaners or abrasives: alcohol, benzene, ammonia, acetone or paint thinners or wood furniture cleaning fluids,” he says.

It also warns that the screens are sensitive to shocks and physical pressures, which could displace the liquid inside and, consequently, cause the panels to be unusable.

In case it is necessary to use isopropyl alcohol, the cloth only requires a thin layer of the substance. Then you must go through the display in the form of small circles (without exerting pressure) until the dirt disappears. People could plug in the appliance after 15 minutes of the cleaning process finished.

Other manufacturers

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LG also recommends using a microfiber cloth on its smart displays, which should be moved smoothly in one direction. It is not advisable to use a damp cloth or with other types of chemical substances. In any case, it indicates that it is necessary to comply with what the user manual indicates.

Yes, this printed or digital guide is the one that can give you a clue on the best maintenance of electronic screens. And it is that their technological advance has been so significant that perhaps they require one or another special care.

What you can be sure of with what is stated here is that there are some products or substances that should not even be close to displays that are all over the house or on the wrist.

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