Caring For Touchscreens

13 Apr

Hi there folks!

Kristin here, writing from our Elegant Explorer the Ms Prinsendam, now ported in the beautiful coastal town of Marmaris, Turkey with some helpful hints on taking care of some of your equipment. 

We are going into the touchscreen age folks, and many of us already have touch devices such as phones, tablets, laptops, ultra books as well as desktop all in ones. Recently the Prinsendam, along with many other Holland America ships, received some brand new Sony all in one computers that are touch enabled.  Taking care of touchscreen devices requires a different method of cleaning so I wanted to share with a few tips and some helpful advice that will help to keep your touchscreen in the best shape it can be.

Over time our touchscreen computers get attract all kinds of dust particles attracted by static as well as build up of oils from repeated touching from our fingers decreases the responsiveness of our devices. 

First, make sure that you are cleaning the screen when the computer is turned off, as when the screen is dark you are able to see more vividly the marks and smudges. 

Second, make sure you use a lint free cloth and no paper towels.  Paper towels are likely to scratch your screen as they are way too hard.  You need to moisten the cloth with either distilled water or a type of screen cleaner that does not contain ammonia and is alcohol free as both of these chemicals can cause damage to your screen.  There are also cleaning wipes that are designed for touchscreen computers as well. Don’t spray anything on the screen directly, moisten the cloth with the liquid you are using and then wipe down your screen.  After which dry it off with another lint free cloth. 

Do not use any type of glass cleaner (i.e. Windex) and also do not use tap water as it could leave marks on the screen. 


Hope these tips keep your new touchscreens working at their maximum efficiency!







2 Responses to “Caring For Touchscreens”

  1. Phil Browning April 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks Very helpful

    Sent from Phil’s iPad

  2. William Zatovic April 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Hi Kristin, thank you again for the great info as always.
    As you have suggested, we have dowloaded the Microsoft Essential Security and dumped the Norton. It’s working great!
    Great memories that we have brought with us home! Hope to see you on the next cruise.
    Enjoy your cruising and teaching!
    Phyllis and Bill

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