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Glue on a laptop screen: how to get it off

This happened to me:

  • Due to a minor medical condition which doesn’t warrant going into, I had to put band-aids, or as is said in some parts of the world, “sticking plasters,” on my fingertips.
  • Because they don’t stick all that well, the band-aids came a little loose.
  • As a result of typing on my laptop with the loose band-aids, glue was transferred onto the keys from my fingertips.
  • Next, glue was transferred from the keyboard to my laptop screen.
  • The usual cleansers, such as iKlear, the generic stuff I got at Best Buy, and soap and water,  only served to spread the glue around on the screen.

I knew to google this before panicking. On a years-old HP message board, I found an answer. Get a petroleum based cleaner, made for removing things like paint, caulk, wax, asphalt, and glue. Goo Gone is a good brand. When I used to work on bikes, I used this to clean grease and oil stains out of my clothes. Avoid alcohol-based solvents, such as Windex and similar window cleaners. (Note: I think Windex comes in non-alchohol formulations, but since there are other cleaners readily available, it’s not worth hunting around for.) Avoid acetone. Use a lint-free cloth, like the ones that come with screen cleaners. Don’t use paper towels, which will scratch the screen. Don’t worry, even though the stuff seems industrial-strength, it’s perfectly fine to use on your screen. Wipe the screen until the glue is gone. Then, take a different lint-free cloth, get it a little wet, put a dab of soap on it, and wipe off the residue of the goo-gone. I used dish soap. If there’s any glue left on the screen, repeat the step with the goo gone. When the glue is gone, use your screen cleaner to wipe off the soap and water residue. You can use the same technique if there’s glue on your laptop’s case. Make sure there’s enough ventilation so you don’t inhale too many solvent fumes.

Now that you have goo gone around, you can remove the glue from all those things around the house that have residue from price tags and labels on them!