Monday, May 10

How to Properly Clean Your Flat Screen TV


Not all flat-screen TVs are created equal. Some TVs have screens made of thick glass while others are made of more fragile materials, which can be easily damaged if you clean them the wrong way. You may think using any old glass or window cleaner will suffice, but using the wrong harsh cleaning agents can do irreparable damage to most flat-screen TVs. Here’s how to clean your TV without damaging it.

To clean a flat-screen TV, first, turn it off so you can clearly see the dirt and smudges on the screen. Then use a dry microfiber cloth made for electronics or glass to wipe off any dust and debris. If you have any hard-to-remove stains, you can dampen your cloth with distilled water and a small amount of soap.

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This will work with any LED, LCD, OLED, or plasma TV screen. However, some TVs do have very specific guidelines on how to properly clean the screen. To be sure of how to clean your TV make sure you check your owner’s manual before proceeding.


Using a soft, dry microfiber cloth, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion to clean off any dust and debris. You can use an anti-static microfiber cloth, similar to those used to clean eyeglasses, camera lenses, or computer monitors. Never use paper towels, tissues, or rags to clean your TV screen. These contain fibers that can leave scratches on your screen. Be gentle while you clean and avoid pressing down too hard as this could cause pixels in your screen to burn out.

For hard-to-remove stains, moisten your cloth with distilled water. Never apply any kind of cleaning solution directly onto the screen as these products can react with the coating on the screen and even permanently discolour the screen. Cleaning liquids applied directly to the screen can also cause moisture to get into the seal around the screen and damage the electronics.

If water fails to remove debris on the screen, use a solution of mild dish soap and distilled water. You shouldn’t need much soap to get rid of dirt or grime. If you need more elbow grease, look at using a specialist screen cleaner to clean your screen.

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