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Mossberg’s Mailbox
Technology columnist Walter S. Mossberg answers readers’ questions
"Q: The good news: I just got a laptop. The bad news: I sneezed all over the screen. Yuck! Can you suggest a good way to clean a laptop screen?

A: Yuck, indeed. It’s best to avoid household cleaners and common rags or cloths or paper products. I advise using a commercial product that includes a liquid cleaning solution and special soft cloths specifically designed for the LCD screens laptops use. These cleaners can also be used on flat-panel TV screens and flat-panel desktop monitors. There are a number of brands, but I’ve had good success with one called Klear Screen, available in stores or at"

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Q & A New York Times
Think Before You Scrub A Fragile L.C.D. Screen

Q. My 6-year-old son lovingly placed a peel-off sticker in the middle of my new computer’s L.C.D. screen. I peeled it off, but adhesive remained on the screen. My wife has all kinds of solvents that will remove the adhesive, but I’m afraid they will remove much more than that. What should I do?

Using a household cleaner or industrial solvent on a liquid crystal display (L.C.D.) screen can severely damage it. The alcohol or ammonia used in most cleaning products can have a destructive effect on the plastic used in most L.C.D screens.

While mild cleaners are generally fine for wiping down the glass screens found on cathode-ray tube monitors, you should look for a cleaning product specifically designed for more delicate L.C.D. screens. One such product, Klear Screen claims to clean all types of L.C.D. screens safely, including those of I.B.M. ThinkPads, NEC MultiSync monitors, Macintosh laptops and Palm organizers. Prices start at $9.95, for a starter kit with a Klear Screen pump bottle and lint-free cloths. The products can be purchased at and through some electronics dealers.


PowerBook & iBook Fan Books by Derrick Story, O'Reilly Publishing

Even with the best care, your PowerBook will need occasional cleaning. I've been using iKlear for years, and their latest kit for the PowerBook includes a 5 oz. spray bottle of cleaner, a micro-chamois polishing cloth, and six Wet/Dry Travel Singles that are perfect for stashing in your PowerBook travel case.

The iKlear spray is amazing stuff. It doesn't contain any alcohol or ammonia to harm your PowerBook, but it cleans wonderfully. After buffing with the micro-fiber cloth, the spray leaves a shiny layer of anti-static protection on your LCD screen. You can use it to clean the case too.