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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, 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.

After that, line dry them. Once they are line 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. 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 micro fiber 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.

Bah, I'm sorry, I just looked up the term on Google and it turns out I don't use a dryer sheet. I thought you meant the filter thingy that catches all the lint from the clothes. If you mean the sheet that you put in the dryer along with the fabrics you're cleaning, no, I don't use that. All I do is put the clothes/microfiber cloth in the dryer, with nothing else, and let the dryer run for 50 minutes.

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Bah, I'm sorry, I just looked up the term on Google and it turns out I don't use a dryer sheet. I thought you meant the filter thingy that catches all the lint from the clothes. If you mean the sheet that you put in the dryer along with the fabrics you're cleaning, no, I don't use that. All I do is put the clothes/microfiber cloth in the dryer, with nothing else, and let the dryer run for 50 minutes.

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Then you might not be rinsing well enough, or using too much soap. Or, you are using a liquid fabric softener. These are common sources for this problem - at least it was for me with my glasses!

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Then you might not be rinsing well enough, or using too much soap. Or, you are using a liquid fabric softener. These are common sources for this problem - at least it was for me with my glasses!

If the problem is related in some way to how I'm rinsing/cleaning/drying the cloth, or which soaps/softeners I'm using, then if I go out and buy a brand new microfiber cloth, should it probably clean my screen properly without much smudging/smearing? I might go and get one, just to see if that fixes it. If it does, then it's got to be something about how I'm cleaning the cloths.
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If the problem is related in some way to how I'm rinsing/cleaning/drying the cloth, or which soaps/softeners I'm using, then if I go out and buy a brand new microfiber cloth, should it probably clean my screen properly without much smudging/smearing? I might go and get one, just to see if that fixes it. If it does, then it's got to be something about how I'm cleaning the cloths.

 

I would say so, at least based on my experience - which is all I'm able to go by, admittedly.

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Microfiber cloth and camera lens cleaner works just fine for me. No streaks at all which is important as I use my monitor (NEC P221W) for photo processing.
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I've used this http://www.brillianize.com/ for years on monitors (CRT's and LCD's), my glasses, car windshield (best thing I have found for cleaning off smoke fumes). I can't recommend it highly enough.
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I'm with the microfibre cloth crowd:- I typically wet one section of it lightly under the tap (regular tap water or purified/bottled is fine, no soaps or additives are necessary), just so it's damp, give the entire screen a good wipe over, making sure to gently scrub off any little bits, and -immediately- buff dry with the dry part of the microfibre cloth.

The longer you leave it from being wiped, the more likely you are to have smears, it also needs a good buffing, not just a quick wipe (wax on, wax off stylee).
If the surface are is large, and you find the cleaned area drying, just split into sections, so damp wipe and buff dry one half, then the other.

This works perfectly on any glossy or shiny surface, chrome (taps, kettles), glass etc. (Obviously other than things that actually need cleaning with a cleaner or soapy water, I may use Astonish for some chrome areas for a better shine, but since using microfibre to buff dry, I haven't found myself even using that).

I used to use Dettol or other spray cleaners on my old monitors and glossy cases, but found the spray had left a permanent blob (only visible when off and in direct light) on my monitor, and was too harsh for side panel windows and dulled generally any Glossy plastics.

Can't go wrong with water and a microfibre cloth. thumb.gif
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I would say so, at least based on my experience - which is all I'm able to go by, admittedly.

Hmm, I also just soaked one of my microfiber clothes in warm tap water, wrung it out, and then tried cleaning my monitor. It still left a very obvious layer of something yucky and film-like, I'm not sure what the right word is (streak, smear, smudge, film, coating, water mark, residue?) but then I took a separate dry microfiber cloth and rubbed it in circles on the filmy layer that the damp microfiber cloth had left, and with a bit of moderate pressure it managed to clear up the yucky filmy stuff as well as the other smudgy stuff from the liquid cleaner, so now my monitor looks out-of-the-box shiny and glossy and lustrous without all of the smudges from today's previous cleaning failures! Is that normal? I guess I always just assumed that such smudging/smearing/etc. isn't supposed to occur when cleaning your screen in the first place.
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Hmm, I also just soaked one of my microfiber clothes in warm tap water, wrung it out, and then tried cleaning my monitor. It still left a very obvious layer of something yucky and film-like, I'm not sure what the right word is (streak, smear, smudge, film, coating, water mark, residue?) but then I took a separate dry microfiber cloth and rubbed it in circles on the filmy layer that the damp microfiber cloth had left, and with a bit of moderate pressure it managed to clear up the yucky filmy stuff as well as the other smudgy stuff from the liquid cleaner, so now my monitor looks out-of-the-box shiny and glossy and lustrous without all of the smudges from today's previous cleaning failures! Is that normal? I guess I always just assumed that such smudging/smearing/etc. isn't supposed to occur when cleaning your screen in the first place.

 

Do you use water softners?

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Do you use water softners?

Yeah. I have water softener water, non-water-softener water, and distilled water. Which is best for cleaning my screen? It was water softener water that I had just used now.
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