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The Best Way To Clean A Flat Screen TV

Tom Power
  Feb 23, 2024 9:00 AM

Not all TV screens are created equal. Some of them are screens that are made of thick glass, especially with older models such as tube TVs. Others are made of more fragile materials, which can break easily if you clean them the wrong way. Using Windex or other strong cleaners can cause irreparable damage to most flat-screen TVs. 

Here's the Best Way To Clean A Flat-screen TV without damaging it.

How to Clean a Flat-Screen TV

To clean a flat-screen TV, first, turn off and unplug the TV. Then, use a dry microfiber cloth for electronics or glasses to wipe away dust and debris. If there are stains that are difficult to remove, you can moisten the fabric with distilled water and a little soap.

These steps work with any LCD, LED, OLED, or plasma TV screen. However, we recommend you check your owner's manual if you still have one or look it up online. Some TVs have very specific rules about how to properly clean the screen.

  1. Turn off your TV and unplug it. It is safer to turn off your TV and you can see more dirt when unplugging the TV. Plus, this step gives your flat-screen TV a chance to cool down and helps you clean it better.

  2. Using a dry microfiber, soft cloth, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion to clear dust and debris. Some TVs have their own cleaning clothes. You can use an anti-static microfiber cloth, like the one used to clean glasses, camera lenses, computer monitors, and vinyl records if this isn't available. Never use paper towels, paper towels, or rags to clean your TV screen. Also, never press down too hard. Tap the screen too hard and make the pixels burn.

  3. For tough stains, moisten the fabric with distilled water. Never apply any cleaning solution directly to your screen. This can cause moisture to enter the padding around the display and damage the electronics. You should only apply the cleaning solution to the cloth.

  4. If that doesn't work, you can use a solution of mild distilled water and dish soap (don't need a lot of soap). 

Using strong cleaning products (such as Windex and Formula 409) can react with the materials the screen is coated with, possibly discoloring the screen permanently. Make sure it doesn't contain ammonia, benzene, alcohol, acetone, or any other harsh chemicals in case you want to use a packaged screen cleaner. However, most of these screen cleaners are 99% water.

Final Thoughts

Like other electronic items, televisions can pick up dust and become tarnished by stains, such as children's fingerprints. Luckily, the process of cleaning your flat-screen TV is very simple, which means that it doesn't require any expensive chemicals. 

If you have any questions about your TV, you can always consult the owner's manual. Most manufacturer's manuals and websites have instructions on the best way to clean their kit. 

Hopefully, after this article, you will know the best way to clean your flat-screen TV.

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