PC Doctor November 21, 2014

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Dear PC Doctor:
My computer screen is dirty – the kids touch it, the cats paw at it – It’s smudgy and even has some crunchy stuff stuck to it.  But I am afraid to clean it.  If it gets wet, will it short out?  Will I ruin the finish?  How can I clean the screen without creating a bigger problem?
Thanks, Anna
Dear Anna:
So, you’re smart to be cautious.  You certainly don’t want to soap up a big sponge like you do to wash your car!
Here’s a safe way to clean up the screen on your computer: First, turn off and unplug your computer monitor.  Dampen a lint-free cloth with water and gently wipe it down.  Be extra careful to apply the water to the cloth and not to any part of the computer.  There are also commercial products you can buy at most department stores that come with a special cloth and bottle of cleaning fluid made for screens.
This is also a good time to see if there is dust in the vents.  If there is, blow them clear with a can of compressed air, which you should be able to find in any office supply store.  Please do not open the monitor housing! 
Until next time … Happy Computing!
      PC Doctor