How to Clean Your Touch Screen

Touch screens, like any other computer screens, get dirty. The screens fill with fingerprints and smudges until it’s impossible to see the image displayed on the screen. The screens do need to be cleaned regularly as a part of maintenance; cleaning them is essential to their longevity. Preventing surface buildup keeps the screen free of debris and potential scratches. It also ensures an attractive appearance, a concern when the screens are used in public environments such as retail stores, restaurants, and medical facilities.

Cleaning your touch screen isn’t a difficult task. You’ll need a few supplies and three, simple steps.


  • Microfiber cloth
  • Distilled water and vinegar or commercial touch screen cleaning agent

3 Steps

  1. Turn off the touch screen and any devices connected to it before cleaning it.
    You minimize the risk of damage to the device.
    You’ll be able to see smudges, dirt, and debris when the screen is off.
  2. Using a microfiber cloth, brush it across the screen in small, concentric circles – think “wax on, wax off.”
  3. If any dirt or smudges remain, dampen the cloth with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and distilled water or commercial cleaning agent.
    Never spray the cleaner on the screen; always spray the cleaner on the cloth.
    Never use anything paper-based since paper products can scratch the screen.
    Regular water can be used, but distilled won’t leave water spots.
  4. (BONUS TIP): Decide on a set time to clean your touch screen and stick to the schedule. Habits are easier to maintain, and your touch screen will look brand new for months to come.