2009 Ford Flex: Clean Screens Make Me Happy
September 28, 2010
I'm no clean freak, but there are some objects in my life that I absolutely must keep clean. Dirty sunglasses, TV screens, computer monitors and camera lenses make me batty. After hopping in our extra-long-term Flex last night, the sunlight hit the touchscreen, exposing all of the built up haze and smudges, making it all but unreadable. I gave it a quick wipe with my fingertip, but that just moved the crud around. I waited until I got home to use something I was sure would work.
I bought this stuff when I early adopted my home plasma TV about a decade ago. Monster Screen Clean is alcohol and ammonia-free and made for cleaning sensitive monitors. It's thicker than normal glass cleaner, almost a gel consistency like Purell hand sanitizer. This keeps the cleaner from running down into the monitor's crevices and potentially damaging the electronics. It also came with its own microfiber towel.
The screen is now clean and clear, but I am starting to notice some permanent wear on the screen after almost 70,000 miles of use. I'm guessing that any number of cleaning products meant for monitors and laptops would work just as well. Sprays might be a little inconvenient, but I ran across a few single-use wipes when I googled 'laptop screen cleaner'. If I owned a car with a touchscreen-equipped car, I'd probably have a few of those packets in the glovebox.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 69,496 miles