LONDON: Screens get dirty – really dirty. Touch screens make way for a whole new level of dirty because they're meant to be touched by our grimy fingers. If you don't believe, take a look at your screen protector the next time you replace it. Peel it off, compare it side-by-side to a brand new one, and prepare to boot it in the nearest trash can. Computer screens can get pretty filthy as well. Over time, dust accumulates on the screen, and while your computer may not have a touch screen, you'll be amazed at how many fingerprints show up on your laptop display after a while. Luckily, there are ways that you can clean these digital windows so that they'll not only be germ-free, but the screen will look better through a clean sheet of glass. A clean smartphone is a happy smartphone. However, before you get out the cleaning supplies and an old rag, you should know that there are right and wrong ways to clean a smartphone and computer screen, and it's not just a ritual right-and-wrong; there are literally right and wrong ways that could be the difference of getting a nice, clean screen or a scratched-up nightmare of a display. Don't use abrasive cloths, such as paper towels, tissue paper, etc. These types of clothes can scratch your touch screen quite easily, and while you won't notice the scratches right away (they're rather small), they build up over time the more you clean the screen with an abrasive cloth. Instead, use a microfiber cloth. These are specifically designed to clean sensitive surfaces like your smartphone or computer screen. Microfiber clothes are fairly cheap, and we even found this six-pack for just $9 on Amazon. You can usually get them for free, though; more than likely, a microfiber cloth comes with any screen protector you buy, and some computer manufacturers include them with their laptops. Don't use any harsh chemicals on your smartphone or computer screen. While most displays have a glass panel (thus leading you to use Windex or other glass cleaner), these chemical-laden cleaners that can contain acetone, ammonia or alcohol aren't healthy for your electronic devices, as they can strip away the screen's protective coating.
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