How to Clean a Dell Inspiron Screen

by Kurt Erickson

Restoring the crystal-clear display of your Dell Inspiron laptop screen is a function of using the proper cleaning method and products that won't damage or dull the screen. The screen is not like a window, so commercial window cleaners containing ammonia are not acceptable to use. Nor should abrasive materials be used to wipe down the screen.

Step 1

Shut down the computer and disconnect the power cord and battery.

Step 2

Gently wipe the screen with a soft, dry cloth to remove dust and other buildup. Do not use paper towels, which can scratch the display.

Step 3

If marks remain on the screen, mix one part isopropryl alcohol with one part water to make a cleaning solution. Slightly dampen a cloth and gently wipe the cloth down the monitor screen, starting from the top.

Allow the Dell Inspiron screen to dry fully before closing the laptop or using the computer.


  • Many cleaning solutions are sold specifically as LCD cleaners and can be used on Dell laptops.
  • Cloths used to clean eyeglasses are excellent to use for cleaning your laptop screen.


  • Do not spray or pour liquid directly on the LCD screen.
  • Never clean the screen while the computer is on.
  • Do not use solutions that contain acetone, ethyl alcohol, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia or methyl chloride.

Items you will need

  • Soft, absorbant cloth
  • Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
  • Water

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About the Author

Kurt Erickson has more than 20 years of experience writing for newspapers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri and Indiana. He is a 1987 graduate of Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science in communications. Erickson currently resides in Springfield, Ill., where he covers Illinois state government and politics for daily newspapers in Bloomington, Decatur, the Quad-Cities, Carbondale, Mattoon and Charleston.

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