How to clean a TV screen

Not all TV screens are created equal. Some of them are screens made of thick glass, especially with older models like 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. Below is How to clean a TV screen without damaging it.

To clean the TV screen, first, turn off and unplug the TV. Then, use dry electronics or a glass microfiber cloth 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 checking your owner's manual if you still have one or looking it up online. Some TVs have very specific rules about how to properly clean the screen.

1. Clean with a microfiber cloth: Modern screens can be pressure sensitive and can get scratched easily. We recommend using a microfiber cloth, regardless of whether your display is LCD, OLED, or plasma. The microfiber cloth is woven with very fine threads, which helps to apply pressure on the screen more evenly and reduces the risk of scratches or damage.

What to Avoid: Tissues, paper towels, and other materials may contain fibers that can damage the screen. Even if you're learning how to clean an old-fashioned CRT TV, a microfiber cloth is still the way to go. 

2. Into the corner: Be sure to use the cloth to thread into the corners and edges of the screen, flipping the cloth often so you always use a clean piece.

What to avoid: Don't use too much pressure, or you may find burnt pixels the next time you fire up your LCD or plasma TV screen.

3. Spray any liquid onto the fabric: If you are using any kind of liquid, spray it on the fabric first as a fine mist to avoid damaging any internals; never apply it directly to the screen.

Things to avoid: However, do not use pre-treated dusters because oil-based finishes - intended for wood products - can leave a residue.

4. Wipe in overlapping strokes: To avoid streaks, we recommend cleaning in even, slightly overlapping strokes — horizontally or vertically. Then use a dry cloth to wipe the screen one last time to remove any residue. Clean the TV cabinet as well as prevent dust from affecting the speakers and ports. (You can also use a vacuum cleaner's brush to do this.)

What to avoid: Clean the screen in a circular motion, as this may create streaks.

Final Thoughts

Like other electronics, televisions can pick up dust and tarnish from stains, such as children's fingerprints. Luckily, the process of How to clean a TV screen is simple, which means it doesn't require any expensive chemicals. 

If you have any questions about the TV, you can always consult the owner's manual. Most manufacturer's manuals and websites have instructions on the best way to clean their kits. Hopefully, after this article, you will know how to clean the TV screen most effectively.

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