It's "Maintenance Monday", and today we're talking about the maintenance of your boat's electronics screens. Boat electronics represent a big investment, so it pays to take care of them. Many multifunction displays (MFDs) have a touch-screen interface, but all those pinches, swipes, and taps can leave the screen with a plethora of fingerprints and dirt that needs to be periodically cleaned off. While it may be tempting to reach for the Windex or other glass cleaner, these can do more harm than good. Glass cleaners contain ammonia, and while this may remove fingerprints, it can, over time, damage the underlying screen layer, leading to a cloudy or milky-white screen that can be difficult to see, making those expensive electronics all but useless.
Nearly every manufacturer says the best thing for screen cleaning is a little water and a clean microfiber cloth — no fancy chemicals or additives required. Distilled water is best, as it's free of impurities. For a clean and spot-free shine, just spritz the screen with a little water and wipe carefully with a clean microfiber cloth. For best results, turn off the display and allow it to cool for several minutes prior to cleaning, and this is particularly important if you have had backlighting turned up to full brightness. And, as always, read and follow the manufacturer's care instructions that were supplied with your electronics equipment.
If you'd like a no-obligation, no-cost consultation regarding your vessel's care and maintenance, call us today at #MarinerServicesInc. at (239)776-4253!