Caring for Your Touchscreen PC

6 Jun

Greetings from the Elegant Explorer, the MS Prisendam! We are currently sailing the Baltic Sea on our way to Tallin, Estonia.

As many of you may know, Windows 8 has been designed to be used with touch, mouse and keyboard together. If you have made the move to a new Touch Screen PC you may have noticed that the screen becomes covered with fingerprints rather quickly.  Today I’d like to discuss how to clean and take care of your Touch Screen PC.

Firstly, and this may seem self-explanatory, but try to refrain from eating and drinking around your PC (this goes for non-touch screen PC’s as well). Almost every type of food and drink contains some sort of oil, sugar, or other sticky ingredient that can end up on your Touch Screen, inhibiting it’s proper functions. I’d suggest to keep the food in your kitchen and wash your hands with soap and water before using your PC.

When those inevitable fingerprints and grease marks show up on your Touch Screen it’s important to know how to safely remove them without damaging your PC.

– To avoid scratches, use a soft cloth. I like to recommend a Microfiber cloth or any lint-free cloth (using a paper product such as a paper towel or a tissue may scratch the screen).

– Keep the cloth in close perimeter to the PC and clean it regularly. Simply wipe the cloth across the screen until the fingerprints have disappeared.

– If you encounter more stubborn grease or spots, dampen the cloth SLIGHTLY with water. It should not take much moisture to remove a stubborn mark from the touch screen.  Do not apply the water directly to the screen.

– Refrain from using any chemicals such as Windex or other Glass Cleaners, as these may damage the screen.


If you follow these guidelines and clean your Touch Screen regularly you should enjoy many years of swiping, tapping, and sliding your way around your Windows 8 Apps!


Techspert Erika

MS Prinsendam




2 Responses to “Caring for Your Touchscreen PC”

  1. Bill Waxman June 15, 2013 at 8:01 am #

    In describing where to keep the lint-free cloth I would suggest you change “perimeter” to “proximity”. The former word describes an area within which something might be found, such as a fenced yard whereas the word “proximity” simply means nearby or close to. That would be a better choice and add to the credibility of your document. Thanks for the effort expended in holding the workshops. Despite having been a photographer since childhood and in various forms of professional work since then, at 72 years of age I still find plenty more to learn about my craft and such was the case in your workshop.


  2. Logisitica Descomplicada August 31, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    When I initially commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are
    added- checkbox and now whenever a comment is added I get four emails with the
    exact same comment. Is there an easy method you are able to remove me from that service?
    Many thanks!

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