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I have an ASUS VG236H monitor (glossy screen) and I've always struggled with cleaning the screen without causing horrible smearing all over. I've tried using distilled water, I've tried using a mix of alcohol and distilled water, and lately I've tried using a special LCD screen cleaning solution found at the electronics store. I always apply the cleaner to a microfiber cloth and then gently rub the monitor with the cloth. It cleans the screen with ease except for the fact that it always ends up smearing the monitor wherever I've rubbed it with the cloth. The smearing persists no matter how long I wait for it to go away. Trying to rub the smears with a separate dry microfiber cloth doesn't help either.

I wondered if it's a problem specific to my glossy screened monitor, so I tried cleaning my matte screened laptop, but it too ends up with smears everywhere.

I searched the forums, and Google, and couldn't find any information on how to avoid this. It seems no one else has this problem frown.gif What am I doing wrong?
post #2 of 25

I'm not sure. The only thing that I can think of is, it's extremely dirty. Are you a smoker?

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post #3 of 25
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I'm not sure. The only thing that I can think of is, it's extremely dirty. Are you a smoker?

Nope.

I don't think it's dirty at all. I never touch the screen (with my fingers or with any other object, aside from the microfiber cloth when cleaning it) and no one else uses my computer.

The only time I clean my screen is when there are small spots of something stuck on it, which I'd guess is a result of the occasional very small piece of food that may splash, since I always eat at my computer. Even then, the cloth+cleaner easily cleans it off; the problem is then the big circular smudge from having cleaned it.

Aside from an occasional very small ~5 pixel wide speck of debris on the screen that requires me to get out the cleaner, my screen always looks very clean and beautiful and like it just came out of the box brand new (aside from a build-up of dust over time, but a soft dusting cloth applied to the screen with barely any pressure easily removes any dust.)
post #4 of 25

The following method is not good for high-gloss monitors, but for "matte" monitors, it's wonderful:

 

A simple, wet (not dripping) paper towel. That's what I use and it always works perfectly. So, perhaps the problem is due to the way these microfiber cloths are washed. The cloths and rags you use to wash glasses, optics, windows, and mirrors should never be run through the dryer with a dryer sheet! That's BAD because dryer sheets make everything come out somewhat greasy, or maybe it's waxy - I dunno. Try rubbing a dryer sheet on some glass or on a mirror once. If you wash clothes and rinse them extremely well and then dry them without a dryer sheet, then they will come out perfectly clean and they can clean anything without leaving streaks.

 

However, I think you would still be safe using a paper towel as long as its wet (but not dripping). A wet paper towel shouldn't scratch like a dry one might. Still, a perfectly-clean microfiber cloth is better for high-gloss monitors - just as long as that microfiber cloth was never washed and then dried with a drier sheet in the dryer.

 

My experience: I've been wearing glasses for the past ~30 years. When I use a dryer sheet on my shirts, none of my shirts can be used to clean my glasses - not even the best 100% cotton shirts.

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post #5 of 25
I have two microfibre clothes that I hand washed in dish soap and air dryed. One of them I damp down for cleaning/scrubbing and the other I use to dry. I agree with Two Cable's on making sure the cloth is clean without any added softnear. I have a 9 and 4 year-old who's hands seem to gravitate to anything pristine so I'm cleaning my screens on everything every few days.

I meant to add that I use this both for Matte and Glossy screens in my house.

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Coffee Filters smile.gif
91% alcohol
But yeah..I know what you're talking about;subbed to see if anyone has a good solution.
 
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Yeah, usually a microfiber clothe with soup and water, fully rinsed out of soap and then after wringing as much water out as possible usually is the best way to clean my LCD screen, although I have a matte finish.
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But yeah..I know what you're talking about;subbed to see if anyone has a good solution.

 

I thought that I just explained it: do not allow your cleaning cloths to run through the dryer with a dryer sheet. They must be perfectly clean and rinsed extremely well.

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post #9 of 25
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Here's a picture (took a while to get the damn lighting right!) of the smudging problem. Here's the same picture with the smudging indicated.

It's hard to show in a picture, but trust me: my monitor is clean as a perfect sheet of glass aside from the smudging caused by cleaning.

EDIT: Posted this after several other replies above, sorry. Thanks TwoCables, you might be on to something. I always throw my microfiber clothes in with the rest of my cloths in the washing machine and then I put them in the driver with the clothes, too, along with a dryer sheet.
Edited by Aelius - 4/15/14 at 5:51am
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Here's a picture (took a while to get the damn lighting right!) of the smudging problem. Here's the same picture with the smudging indicated.

It's hard to show in a picture, but trust me: my monitor is clean as a perfect sheet of glass aside from the smudging caused by cleaning.

EDIT: Posted this after several other replies above, sorry. Thanks TwoCables, you might be on to something. I always throw my microfiber clothes in with the rest of my cloths in the washing machine and then I put them in the driver with the clothes, too, along with a dryer sheet.

 

Yeah, like I said, that's the problem. I know from 30 years of experience with my glasses. I can NOT clean them with ANYTHING that has been in the dryer with a dryer sheet or else I will get exactly what you are getting on your monitor. It doesn't matter how awesome of a cloth it is (such as the amazing Norwex cleaning cloths), it will not clean my glasses.

 

So first, get your microfiber cloth(s) as clean as you can. Rinse them VERY THOROUGHLY. You do not want to leave soap behind because this will result in the same problem. Too many people don't rinse their laundry well enough...

 

After that, line dry them. Once they are dry or mostly dry, you can toss them in the dryer for about 10-20 minutes (without a dryer sheet) to soften them up a bit.

 

Or, find a load that you can wash and dry with a dryer sheet, but make sure that load is as lint-free as possible. Bed sheets are great for this and towels are the WORST. Only, most people think they should use a dryer sheet with their bed sheets. Would you rub a dryer sheet all over your body? I wouldn't. So anyway, if you can do a load of bed sheets with your microfiber cloth(s) and dry them without a dryer sheet, then you will be golden.

 

Again, do this test: rub a dryer sheet on a mirror or on a window.


Edited by TwoCables - 4/15/14 at 6:01am
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