How to Remove Ballpoint Ink From Computer Monitor

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Computer monitors are delicate machines that can be difficult to clean. Keeping your monitor dust and dirt free through regular cleanings not only helps to prolong its life, but will also ensure that it continues working at an optimum level. However, some stains on your LCD computer monitor require a little more effort than just the use of a dusting cloth. If you accidentally get a ballpoint ink stain on your computer monitor, you can quickly remove it with a few items from around your house.

Things You'll Need

  • LCD computer monitor
  • Soft cloth
  • 4 tablespoons 99% Isopropyl alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Turn off your computer. Unplug the computer from its power outlet.

  • Mix the alcohol and water in a small bowl with a spoon. Dip one end of the soft cloth into the bowl until it is lightly soaked. Make sure that extra liquid solution does not drip off the cloth.

  • Wipe the wet end of the cloth over the ballpoint ink markings on the computer screen. Use a light touch and do not press the cloth hard against the computer monitor.

  • Once you remove the ballpoint ink, gently swipe the dry end of the cloth over the wet area of the monitor until the screen is dry.

  • Wait 10 minutes for any excess alcohol to evaporate before plugging the computer back in and turning it on.

Tips & Warnings

  • This method of cleaning applies specifically to LCD and flat-panel computer monitors, which come with most computers. However, if you have a glass monitor, simply spray a small amount of household glass cleaner onto your soft cloth and gently wipe off the ballpoint ink stain.
  • Be careful not to get any liquid or moisture onto the edges of the computer monitor or into the wired areas. It could seep underneath the screen or affect the wiring, causing permanent damage.

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