I’m incessantly dismayed at how dirty are most people’s computer screens. This is avoidable. It makes no sense to spend thousands of dollars on a computer that you don’t keep clean.1

If you don’t keep your computer screen clean, it’s ugly in the short-term, and it’s downright damaging in the long-term. When it’s there for months on end, that grime has a way of eating the screen; you’ll never be able to fully get the scar tissue healed. A case can be made for meticulously cleaning your screen every week.2

After years of trial and error, I’ve come upon the perfect method for keeping my computer screen as spotless as it was the day I removed the protective paper. First I set the screen brightness to zero and turn the screen so it reflects the light. Then I use a Falcon Touch Screen Wipe to get the major stuff off. After that’s dried, I use a microfiber cleaning cloth to remove the dried water streaks. You can use one that came with your sunglasses. Or these on Amazon look promising. The key is to make small circular strokes and to stay gentle. I spend a few minutes with the microfiber cloth. It takes patience to get the screen completely spotless and lint free. It’s worth it.

If you don’t start with a wet wipe, you run the danger of scratching your display. If you don’t finish with a dry cloth, you can’t fully get rid of the water streaks. It takes both, in that order.

I do this every week, and my screen looks amazing. That’s all there is to it. You’re welcome.


  1. How many muddy Lamborghinis do you see cruising down the road? ↩︎
  2. Your mileage will vary depending on how much you travel with your computer, and how much you eat and talk near it. A weekly cleaning might be excessive if you’re a few levels of careful above me. In my case, spit, dust, and food are summoned to my screen on an almost daily basis. ↩︎