Most of us have been spending a lot of time at home over the past few years. We give more importance to cleanliness, cleaning everything from big appliances to small figurines.
Just like other electrical devices, televisions can collect dust and get blemishes, like fingerprints from your toddler. Luckily, cleaning a flat-screen TV is indeed a simple procedure that does not involve the use of expensive chemicals. There is a proper technique to clean your television or computer monitor screen. If you make a mistake, you’ll be dealing with scrapes, stains, and even terrible ones for a long period. If you do it correctly, your screen will shine as it did the day you got it.
Our suggested cleaning approach is the same regardless of the model of television you have. A clean microfiber cloth meant to carefully wipe as well as remove smudges off eyeglasses, mobile phones, and camera lenses is everything you’ll need to wipe your Television screen.
Here’s how to clean a television without destroying it or leaving bothersome tiny marks, as well as some helpful suggestions on how to clean all of the accessories that come with it.
The Right Way to Clean Flat-screen Plasma, LCD, LED, and OLED Television
Wet cleaning is not recommended for more delicate items like LCD, plasma, or rear-projection panels. Regardless of whether you own a filthy Samsung, Sony, or LG TV or a new 4K flat-screen that you would like to maintain looking brand new without ruining it, there are a couple of home goods that can be used to clean a TV screen.
Grab your microfiber cloth or a duster (an electrostatic is preferable), then dust your TV screen gently. To clean stubborn streaks, utilize a pre-moistened wipe especially made for electronics. Clean the vents by going over the buttons as well as the back of the TV with a microfiber cloth or duster.
Traditional cleaning chemicals can harm anti-glare coatings on plasma screens, which are composed of glass. It’s preferable to use the same dry cleaning procedures for LCD, LED, and OLED TVs.
The Right Way to Clean Tube Television
You’ll be needing 3 simple cleaning materials – microfiber cloth, window cleaning spray, and water. Wipe down with a wet microfiber cleaning cloth or your preferred window cleaning spray. Using your fingernail, push any stuck-on pieces off the screen and rub them dry.
Don’t ever spray straight on the screen. This might cause damage to the set and any surrounding cabinets.
The Right Way to Clean Television Without Streaks
Do not use pre-treated dusting cloths when cleaning your television to keep it streak-free. This kind of cloth has oily finishes that are ideal for dusting wood furniture but can create streaks on a television screen.
Using a clean microfiber cloth, wipe your TV screen in one direction first, then in the reverse direction for the second time to completely cover the screen and remove any visible streaks. As the cloth collects dust, turn it frequently. It will be easier to notice and clear streaks if you turn off your TV.
The Right Way to Clean Stubborn Spots Off Your TV Screen
If your TV has a very stubborn stain, perhaps your child’s drink spilled and dried on the screen, you can use a mild dish soap diluted in distilled water. However, you must not use strong chemicals to clean a flat-screen TV. Although it may seem natural to utilize window cleaner, it contains ammonia, which can severely discolor the screen. Tube TVs are the sole exception, as they feature glass panels that can withstand a spray of cleaner that contains harsh ingredients like ammonia and other powerful chemical compounds.
Clean Your TV Remote and Speakers Too!
Remote. Don’t forget to include your germ-infested remote control whenever you are cleaning your TV. Take the batteries then place the cover back on the battery area before you begin. Brush out dust and crumbs or other dirt in between the buttons by turning the clicker upside down. Dab a cotton swab between the buttons with a cleaning mixture of water, vinegar, and isopropyl alcohol. If it doesn’t work, try using a toothpick to remove any leftover filth. Wipe the rear and edges of the remote with your moist microfiber towel. Before using it again, allow it to air dry and make sure the batteries are replaced.
Speakers. If you own external speakers, they are likely to acquire dust as well, resulting in muffled or blurry sound. Remove any detachable fabric covers from your speakers then vacuum all sides using an upholstery tool. If not, simply vacuum the front. A lint roller could also be used to de-fuzz them securely. If the speaker cover is composed of a hard substance rather than fabric, you can wipe them off with a moist microfiber cloth.
More Television Cleaning Tips
Clean your television once a week to prevent dust, film, and fingerprints from accumulating and becoming more difficult to remove. Get maintenance even easier simply by keeping a microfiber cloth available to wipe away dust and grime as needed.
- Don’t ever spray anything straight on tv screens, especially with glass tube type. Excessive spray can harm the set by getting inside the cabinet and then into the internal workings.
- Dust any vents, ports, or cable connections using your vacuum’s soft dusting brush on low suction.
- If you’re under warranty, always follow the manufacturer’s directions since everything you do that goes against them might void your warranty.
- Avoid items that include ammonia, alcohol, or acetone, since they can harm the television’s screen.
- Use distilled water instead of tap water. Unlike tap water, which typically includes minerals and particles that might harm your screen, distilled water does not.
Homemade TV Cleaner
You can buy a professionally designed TV screen cleaner (see your manufacturer’s website for particular suggestions), but if you want to save money or utilize a more eco-friendly approach, a homemade TV cleaner is just as effective. In a 1:1 ratio, combine distilled water and white vinegar. If you don’t want the smell of vinegar to stay in your house, make a solution of 1 cup water with 1/4 cup isopropyl alcohol. Do not use ethyl alcohol and other types of alcohol, as they can cause damage to your screen.