Pressure marks on a laptop screen can be frustrating and affect your computer’s performance. But can you fix them? And how can you avoid them in the first place? Let’s take a look.
The best way to remove pressure marks on your laptop screen is to use a damp cloth with a simple alcohol solution. It’s important not to apply excess pressure, as you can do more harm than good to your screen.&
Rub the pressure mark gently for 10-30 seconds before leaving it to dry.
If the mark is surface-level, this trick will remove it. But other pressure marks might indicate damage to the pixels within your screen. Read on to help you determine the difference and how to avoid accumulating pressure marks in the future.
What Exactly is a Pressure Mark?
A pressure mark is a blemish on the screen of your laptop. In some cases, it’s a surface-level mark caused by fingerprints and can be removed by cleaning your screen.
However, a pressure mark can signify permanent damage to your screen in other instances.
Pressure marks are a problem when they lead to the layer of crystal being crushed between the layers of glass that comprise your screen.
In many cases, the pressure mark causes the crystals to lose their liquid or solid properties, meaning that they cause a permanent blemish within your computer screen that you cannot fix (without replacing the screen).
A key step is to determine the severity of the pressure mark on your screen before taking the steps needed to fix the issue.
As mentioned, gently rubbing the mark should remove it if it’s a surface-level blemish, but it’s impossible to fix if the mark is within the screen itself.
Why are There Pressure Marks on My Screen?
The main reason why there are pressure marks on your laptop screen is because of mishandling, usually during transportation.
If you don’t use a sturdy protective case for your laptop, its screen can get damaged when you carry it from one place to another.
Another common cause of pressure marks is excessive touching of the screen. Unless you have a touchscreen laptop, there’s no reason to touch the screen, and doing so can cause blemishes and smudging.
Some people work in jobs where a laptop is used as a secondary tool. For example, car mechanics who run software diagnostics on Mercedes cars could quite easily create pressure marks as they are more focused on the vehicle than anything else.
It can also lead to pressure marks if you apply excessive pressure to the screen for whatever reason.
Fortunately, most surface-level pressure marks can be easily removed by gently cleaning your screen with a soft cloth and alcohol solution.
But in some instances, you might find that pressure marks have damaged your screen, as explained below.
How to Know if Marks Damage a Laptop Screen?
The last thing anyone wants is to notice permanent damage to a laptop computer. But in reality, pressure marks are relatively common, mainly if you regularly transport your laptop from place to place without the necessary protective case.
You can tell if your screen is permanently damaged from a pressure mark in the following ways:
- A layer of crushed glass between the two glasses comprises your computer screen.
- A black spot appears on some areas of your screen.
- You cannot remove the pressure mark by gently cleaning the screen with a simple alcohol solution.
Unfortunately, when a pressure mark has caused permanent damage to your computer screen, there’s very little you can do about it. Your only option is to replace the screen itself.
Alternatively, if the pressure mark is relatively small and doesn’t impact your viewing, it’s best to leave it, as replacing your computer screen can be costly.
What About Defective Pixels?
Detective pixels are often confused with pressure marks, but they’re not the same thing, even though the defective pixel could be a symptom of the mark.
A defective pixel can also be caused by an electrical failure or a malfunction in the screen.
Also known as a stuck pixel, you can diagnose it when a pixel on your screen appears in the wrong or no color.
In the latter instance, the defective pixel leads to a black spot on your computer, and its size will depend on the severity of the issue.
As pixels are tiny, it will be necessary for multiple pixels to be defective for you to notice any issues with your computer screen.
But as mentioned, if significant pressure is applied to your laptop screen, some pixels can become defective.
How to Prevent Pressure Marks?
Prevention is much better than the cure when it comes to pressure marks on your laptop, as the only viable solution is replacing your laptop screen.
Therefore, the following steps will help you to prevent pressure marks from appearing on your screen:
- Avoid touching or holding your laptop screen wherever possible.
- Never apply pressure when wiping your laptop screen.
- Invest in a hard case when transporting your laptop to protect the screen.
- Don’t overfill your laptop bag; ensure that it is relatively empty and free of other objects when carrying it from a to b.
These simple steps can prevent pressure marks from appearing on your laptop screen and save you from the headache of having to fix the issue.
While surface-level pressure marks can be removed by wiping them away with a cloth, those that penetrate the screen cannot be fixed.
Therefore, prevention is much better than a cure for pressure marks.
So, if you notice pressure marks on your computer screen and they’re causing issues when viewing your content, your best bet is to replace the screen itself.