Many of us have spent more time at home cleaning up everything from refrigerators to ceiling fans in recent years. So, how to clean the TV screen perfectly?
Like other electronic devices, televisions also attract dust and imperfections, such as youth fingerprints. Fortunately, cleaning your flat-screen TV is an easy way without the need for expensive chemicals.
Pay attention to the remote controls of your television, cable boxes, and streaming players while you’re at it. They touch more than television and can prevent disease and dirt. Below are cleaning tips for both TV and remote control.
How to Clean a Flat-Screen TV
Switch off and unplug your flat-screen TV before cleaning it. Then wipe away any dust and debris with a dry microfiber cloth suited for electronics or glass. You can dampen your cloth with filtered water and a small soap to remove any stubborn spots.
Any LED, LCD, OLED, or plasma TV screen can be used with these instructions. However, if you still have your owner’s handbook, we urge that you look it up online. Some televisions offer very detailed instructions for cleaning the screen.
- Unplug and turn off your Television. It is safer to turn off your Television, and you can see more dirt and smudges when the Television is disconnected. Additionally, this allows your TV to cool down, making it easier to clean.
- Wipe the display clean with a soft, dry microfiber cloth in a circular motion to remove any dust and debris. Some televisions include cleaning cloths. If you don’t have this cloth, you can use an anti-static microfiber cloth to clean eyeglasses, computer monitors, camera lenses, and vinyl records. Never clean your TV screen with paper towels, tissues, or rags. These have filaments in them that can scratch your screen. Also, take care not to press down too firmly. Pushing too hard on the screen might cause pixels to burn out.
- Moisten your cloth with distilled water to remove stubborn spots. Any cleaning solution should never be applied directly to the screen. Moisture may enter the seal around the screen, causing harm to the circuitry. Only use a cleaning solution to clean the cloth.
- Try a mild dish soap and distilled water solution if that doesn’t work. You shouldn’t require a lot of soap. Panasonic only advises a 1 part neutral detergent to 100 parts water solution).
Harsh cleaning chemicals (Windex and Formula 409) can interact with the screen’s coating components, permanently discoloring the screen. If you wish to use a packaged screen cleaning, be sure it doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals like benzene, ammonia, alcohol, or acetone. However, most of these HDTV screen cleaners are made out of 99 percent water.
Is it necessary to use TV screen cleaners?
Why not Windex, then? Windex regular is designed for glass windows and a few other surfaces. It includes ammonia and alcohol, not the most environmentally friendly compounds. S. C. Johnson does not specifically state that Windex should not be used on televisions, but it does sell Windex Electronics wipes and cleaners, so make your conclusions. The better screen cleaners will indicate explicitly that they include no alcohol or ammonia.
I found a billion companies that make TV screen cleaners at the last count. Almost all of these are made up of 99 percent water and 1% additional ingredients. Years ago, I tried a few and found that they worked reasonably well. If a basic cloth and possibly distilled water don’t work, a screen cleaner is worth a shot, and you can use it on your laptop, tablet, and mobile phone screens. They also include a microfiber cloth. I will avoid them if they don’t explicitly declare that they don’t contain alcohol or ammonia.
In general, though, only use a cleaning if necessary. Wipe away any dust with an ultra-soft cloth.
Tips to remember after cleaning TV screen
Clean your remote
Remove the batteries and replace the battery enclosure cover to clean your remote. Gently tap the remote against a hard surface, button side down, to remove any crumbs or dirt that may have become stuck within.
Next, wring out your soaked wipe to ensure it’s not completely saturated. Clean both sides of the remote with it, paying specific attention to any nooks that may be holding dirt.