The Best Way to Clean the Touch Screen Display in Your Car?


Who doesn’t love the feeling of peeling that film layer off of a new touch-screen, mobile phone or TV? Ahh, the thought of it sends shivers down my spine. It’s almost as good as climbing into bed with fresh seats after a long and hard day at work. Only, once that protective film comes off, then all hell-breaks loose!  

Your grubby fingers begin to smudge and tarnish the once wonderfully clean touch screen and before you know it, you can barely see the screen during the day due to dirt and grease. So, what is the best way to clean it?  

Hmm, well, for one thing you could just never touch it? Sure, that doesn’t really help as modern touch screen systems in cars are so incredibly handy, and you wouldn’t want to drive in silence, but it’s an easy fix all the same. However, in all seriousness, it really doesn’t have to be all that tricky.  

Here’s what you’ll need to clean a touch screen in your car: 

1 – Turn it off  

First off, you’re going to want to ensure that the touch screen is turned off. Simply switch off your ignition and ensure that your car is in park mode before scrubbing away. Additionally, when your screen is turned off, it will be much easier to see all of the dirt and grease that you need to get rid of.  

2 – Get your cloth at the ready  

You might want to keep a stash of microfibre cloths in your glove compartment so that you can clean your touchscreen as and when necessary.  

3 – Clean ya screen   

Spoiler alert, the microfibre cloth was for cleaning the screen. Bet you didn’t see that coming! But all joking aside, when you’re cleaning your touch screen you must be careful not to press too hard; thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT LCD) are very sensitive.  

Also, when cleaning, make sure that you are doing so in a circular motion. Continue until the screen has been cleared of all dust and oil.  

If you’ve been a bit of a filthy minger and your touch screen is particularly dirty and the microfibre cloth isn’t quite doing the job; then you might need to lightly spray the cloth with an alcoholic solution (in this case, the only time an alcoholic solution is wise). Soberly, apply your screen cleaning solution to your cloth and then repeat the circular cleaning motion.  

Do NOT   

  • Use anything other than purpose-designed touch-screen cleaning solution. Anything else will surely damage the screen. 
  • Use paper towels or cotton rags; they’re too rough and may scratch the delicate surface. Microfibre cloths are designed to effectively remove oils and smudges, whereas rags or paper towels will simply push it around.  

Don’t have a touch screen display? 

If that’s the case, then you may have just wasted a few minutes reading this article. However, if you explore a reputable website, you’ll be able to find a wealth of awesome options to upgrade your car and have a touch-screen display of your own!  

Albert Roberts

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