How to Clean a Privacy Screen

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Things You'll Need

  • Nonabrasive, lint-free cloth

  • Antistatic cleaning wipes

  • Vinegar

  • Isopropyl alcohol

A privacy screen will keep prying eyes off your data.

A privacy screen, also called a privacy filter, is placed over a computer monitor, making any image on the screen visible only to the person in front of the computer. Anyone sitting to the side of the monitor will see either a distorted or blurred picture, or just a plain, black screen. Privacy panels come in matte or glossy finishes. You can also buy a more expensive LCD filter.

Step 1

Dust the screen gently with a nonabrasive, lint-free cloth. This will remove surface dust and fingerprints. You can do this with any kind of privacy screen.

Step 2

Wipe the filter with antistatic cleaning wipes every few days. This will prevent dust buildup.

Step 3

Spray a gentle cleaning product, such as a vinegar and water solution, directly onto a soft cleaning cloth. Only use this method when you need to clean stubborn smudges or greasy fingerprints. Spraying the solution directly onto the screen won't cause damage, but it could drip into the tiny gaps that frame the screen as well as onto your keyboard.


Using a cleaning solution will not work well on a matte finish. A soft, lint-free cleaning cloth should do the trick. Create a safe cleaning solution at home by combining 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 cup water. White vinegar absorbs odors, dissolves dirt, hard water deposits and soap residue. A solution with ordinary rubbing alcohol, known as isopropyl alcohol, is a better alternative to window and glass cleaners. Combine 1 cup rubbing alcohol with 1 cup water and 1 tbsp. of white vinegar.


Avoid using cleaning solutions that contain ammonia or ethanol, both of which can degrade certain materials. Cleaning your screen with tap water alone can leave mineral spots.


Shannon Marks

Shannon Marks started her journalism career in 1994. She was a reporter at the "Beachcomber" in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to "Philadelphia Weekly." Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing writer at lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines in New York City. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Temple University.