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The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning a Touchscreen

April 5, 2023

Touchscreens are ubiquitous in our modern world, helping us navigate everything from smartphones and tablets to self-service kiosks and ATMs. But as convenient as touchscreens are, they can also be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. That’s why it’s essential to keep your touchscreens clean and hygienic.

From the touch screen experts at Fortec US, here are the essential dos and don’ts of cleaning a touchscreen:

DO: Use a Microfiber Cloth

When cleaning a touchscreen, a microfiber cloth is your best friend. These cloths are gentle enough to avoid scratching your screen but tough enough to remove smudges, fingerprints, and other gunk. To clean your touchscreen effectively, simply wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth, covering every part of the screen. If you need to remove more stubborn smudges, you can dampen the fabric with a bit of water or cleaning solution, but be sure not to soak the cloth and ensure it is completely wrung out.

DON’T: Use Abrasive or Chemical Cleaners

One of the most critical don’ts when cleaning a touchscreen is avoiding abrasive or chemical cleaners. These cleaners can damage the screen, leaving scratches, discoloration, or even permanent damage. Avoid using any cleaners that contain ammonia, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals. Stick to warm water and a microfiber cloth, or use a cleaning solution specifically designed for touchscreen displays.

DO: Turn Off Your Device Before Cleaning

Another important step to remember when cleaning a touchscreen is to turn off your device before cleaning. This step ensures that you don’t accidentally activate any apps or open windows while cleaning the screen, which can lead to additional smudges and a frustrating experience.

DON’T: Apply Excessive Pressure

Adding pressure to scrub away tough smudges may be tempting, but doing so may damage the screen itself. Instead, use only gentle pressure when cleaning the touchscreen, using small, circular motions to remove stubborn smudges. This approach ensures that you remove the dirt without causing any damage to the screen.

DO: Clean Your Screen Frequently

Finally, it’s a good idea to clean your touchscreen frequently to prevent the buildup of grime and bacteria. The cleaner your screen stays, the better the overall user experience and the more prolonged life it will have. By establishing a regular cleaning routine, you can keep your touchscreens in top shape while reducing the potential spread of germs and bacteria.

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