Do you use to stand in front of your TV with Windex and some paper towels in your hands, ready to wipe the build-up dust off your flat-screen TV? You better stop that bad habit! You might be used to cleaning every single glass surface with that magical cleaner, but the screen isn’t like the other ones. You need to clean it as carefully as you would clean a vinyl record. Just like you looked for the perfect place to place the TV in your living room, it needs special treatment and delicate cleaning habits. You can’t just grab a bunch of towels and start rubbing the grime off the surface. Instead, use a lint-free cloth and distilled water to wipe the fragile, anti-glare layer. But that’s not enough!
First, you should read the owner’s manual and check the tv manufacturer’s suggestions as to what are the best cleaning practices, based on each tv’s specific characteristics. So, before cleaning, check the guidelines to prevent damages and void your warranty. To save you the trouble, though, we did the hard job for you!
We asked the pros and found information about the proper screen cleaning. Keep on reading and find out all you need to know!
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How to clean LED, LCD, OLED TV Screens
These screen types are made of a special kind of plastic. You can’t clean with commercial cleaners which contain chemicals, alcohol, acetone or ammonia. You should clean them by applying more natural methods if you don’t want to damage the screen. Here’s what you need:
- A soft dry cloth (or an antistatic microfiber cloth would work even better – it’s the kind you use to clean eyeglasses, monitors or camera lenses)
Then, follow these steps:
- Turn off the TV or unplug it. It’s safer and easier to see dust or finger smudges on a dark screen.
- With a dry cloth, wipe the screen gently in a circular motion. Be careful, though, not to press too hard the glass surface.
- Don’t forget to wipe the TV’s cabinet unclogging the vents from dust.
In case any stains are too hard to clean, then do as follows:
- Damp a cloth with distilled water.
- Wring it very well.
- Wipe the screen gently.
Finally, if there are any stubborn stains, then you probably need a more “powerful” solution. You’re going to need:
- A mild dish soap
- A cloth
- A bowl
And you’ll need to do the following steps:
- In a bowl filled with water, add the soap and stir until they’re mixed.
- Damp a cloth into the soap mixture and wipe the screen.
- Use a dry cloth to wipe once more and remove any streaks.
How to clean your Plasma TV screen
Plasma screens are made of glass. The glass screens are covered, though, with anti-glare coatings making them very sensitive. That’s why you can’t clean them with a window cleaner and paper towels. Their cleaning process is similar to LCD screens.
Method 1: Distilled water
Supplies you’re going to need:
- Microfiber cloth
- Distilled water (for stubborn fingerprints)
The steps you need to follow:
- Dust the screen with the cloth.
- If any stains remain, damp the cloth with distilled water and rub the screen gently.
- Get a second dry piece of cloth and buff it.
Method 2: Vinegar
- White vinegar
- Distilled water
- Microfiber cloth (x2)
Do the following steps:
- Mix equal parts of vinegar and distilled water.
- Damp a clean cloth with the solution and wring the excess liquid.
- Wipe the glass screen gently.
- Get the second dry cloth and wipe again.
How to clean tube televisions
Tube televisions are rare nowadays. They started disappearing when the first Plasma TVs appeared. However, if you still own one, it’s much easier to clean it than the other types. Their screens are made of thick glass, so you can clean them the same way as you do with mirrors and windows, using a window cleaner, such as Windex.
You’re going to need:
- A microfiber cleaning cloth
- Your favourite window washer
All you have to do is:
- Spray the cleaner on the cloth
- Wipe the screen.
And that’s all.
NOTE: Never spray the cleaner directly on the screen. You might damage your TV’s functionality.
Advice from the best
You might consider cleaning your TV screen an easy task; however, there are some things you should be aware of if you want to keep watching your favourite TV shows on a clean TV. That’s why we gathered some advice and suggestions from a few well-known tv manufacturers. Who knows any better? Right? Here is what we found out:
Use a cloth to wipe your screen gently. Mix mild soap with warm water. Damp a cloth with the soapy solution to remove any stains that persist remaining. If you want, though, to use commercial chemical cloth cleaners, then always read the instructions on the package before use.
Before starting the cleaning process unplug the TV. Always clean gently with a dry cloth to avoid scratches on the display panel. Never use chemical cleaning products and never spray directly on the screen.
Use the cloth provided or any soft one to dust both the exterior and the screen of your TV. If you apply cleaning solutions, always moisten the cloth and never spray directly onto the appliance. Otherwise, damage, fire or electric shock might be caused.
Clean the screen with a dry, soft cloth to avoid any scratches and damages. Don’t use any solutions containing alcohol, benzene, acetone, acidic and alkaline solvents or chemical clothes as they’ll damage the screen’s surface.
The screen is covered with a special layer. To prevent any scratches on it wipe it using a soft dry cloth.
For better cleaning, prepare a solution. Mix 1 part dish soap and 100 parts of water. Then, damp the cloth into the solution and wipe the screen. Don’t forget to remove the excess water. Get a second cloth and wipe the screen until it dries. You should be somewhat careful though not to scratch the display panel with your fingernails or any other hard item.
Don’t forget the remote control
I don’t know many who clean the remote control! It’s one of the most used items in a household and at the same time, the one that is rarely cleaned. However, we better all change that bad habit, since remote controls are full of dust, germs and a cause of triggering allergic reactions. Thus, every time you clean your TV set, don’t forget the remote control!
To clean the remote control, you should have:
- Soft cloths (x2)
- A cotton swab
- A toothbrush
Then, follow the steps for a thorough cleaning:
- First, remove the batteries.
- Turn the remote control upside down and dislodge the debris that is between the buttons.
- Dilute alcohol with water.
- Damp a piece of cloth with the mixture and wipe all sides of the remote.
- Damp the cotton swab with the mixture and clean the buttons, in and around.
- For dislodging debris stuck into the buttons use a dry toothbrush.
- Using a clean cloth, wipe down the whole remote.
- When it’s dry, reinstall the batteries.
Frequently asked questions
How to clean fingerprints off the TV screen
The best way to clean fingerprints off the screen, according to pros, is by using a screen solution. You can find a variety in all stores that sell monitors and TVs.
- A microfiber cloth
- Screen cleaning solution
You’ll need to do:
- Turn off the TV and unplug it. It would be better if you let it first completely cool down.
- Use a soft, clean, dry cloth to clean the frame and the screen.
- Spray the screen solution onto the cloth and not directly onto the screen.
- Wipe the screen gently.
- Let it dry and then plug it back into.
Can I use the same techniques to clean my monitor’s screen?
Computer monitors also need cleaning as they accumulate dust, smudges and figure stains. If you want to clean a monitor, apply the same rules as screens.Some points to keep in mind:
- Never spray anything directly onto the computer monitor
- Don’t use window cleaners
- Use a soft clean cloth
- Be careful with fingernails and sharp items not to damage the screen
Ready to clean the monitor’s screen? Here is what you’ll need to do:
- Always wipe the monitor first with a dry clean cloth. Usually, screens come with a cleaning cloth.
- If stains remain, dip a clean cloth into a solution made of soap, and warm water and wipe the monitor.
- Rinse the soapy cloth and wipe the monitor again till you clear all the soap residue.
- Wipe the monitor with a dry cloth.
Is it worth it to buy a cleaning kit?
We can definitely say No! Cleaning kits’ initial price starts at £12, containing most of the time just a cloth and a cleaner. You can buy a cloth for screens or a screen cleaner at any office supply store and use distilled water. If you want to get a kit, then opt for one that doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.
Is it safe to use chemicals?
Each brand strongly advises not to use chemicals on TV screens.
It would be best if you didn’t use either alcohol or ammonia or any cleaner containing such substances. LCD, LED, Plasmas are covered with a protective layer. Applying commercial cleaners, like Windex, on them, could damage the TV’s surface and layer.
Tips on how to maintain it clean every day
- Dust your screen once a week to prevent dust and fingerprints from building up. You can also keep a clean microfiber cloth next to your TV set. This way, you can clean it every time something happens.
- Avoid touching your screen.
- Every time you vacuum your floors, use your vac’s dusting brush to clean vents and cables of dust and debris. Just remember to use the low suction.
Since TV screens are too sensitive, always read the manufacturer’s guidelines before cleaning them. The most advisable and safest cleaning tip is to use the provided cloth, or if there isn’t one, get a microfiber cloth and wipe your TV screen with it.
For extra persistent stains, moisten the cloth and wipe. Please avoid using any chemical cleaning solutions (i.e. ammonia) or glass cleaners since they aren’t suitable for these types of TVs. Following these tips and tricks, you can ensure that you won’t damage or scratch your screen. Thus, you can sit back and enjoy your favourite movies and TV shows carefree!