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How can I safely clean and disinfect my Garmin avionics?

Cleaning your Garmin Avionics Display:

To safely clean your avionics, use a clean lint-free cloth and a cleaner that is specified as safe for anti-reflective coatings.

Your Pilot's Guide will have more information on your specific display. For example, here is a note from a G1000's Pilots Guide:

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Please watch this video for more information.

You can also purchase a cleaning cloth from Garmin by clicking here.

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Disinfecting your Garmin Avionics:

To safely disinfect your display, we recommend using an isopropyl alcohol solution (70% alcohol) that does not contain ammonia. For other exposed surfaces such as knobs, buttons, and bezels, cleaners such as soap & water and alcohol based cleaners are recommended. We do not recommend bleach-based cleaners, or ammonia based cleaners.

Garmin recommends only 70% isopropyl alcohol (isopronanol) for the best combination of bactericidal effectiveness and equipment safety.

The solution must be at least 70% alcohol and the surface must remain wet for at least 30 seconds to be effective.  Also, the CDC recommends wearing disposable gloves when disinfecting surfaces.


Cleaning should be done with no more than a damp cloth (using the recommended previously mentioned cleaners).  Because our avionics are not normally rated as water resistant, spraying or wetting the units can cause unwanted moisture to go beyond the exterior surfaces. This could damage the unit internally.

Remove all soap/soap residue to prevent buttons and knobs from gumming up or becoming slippery.

Cleaners containing ammonia will harm the anti-reflective coating on many Garmin aviation display lenses.

Not following these recommendations could possibly void the warranty on your Garmin Avionics.

Please reference Service Advisory 2051 for more information

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