Modern flat-screen TVs have an unusual coating on the television’s surface, which is a feature that can be harmed if sprayed with common household cleaners including chemicals like ethanol and ammonia. This is in contrast to the tube-type televisions from the distant past, which had a glass screen. You’ll need to employ alternate techniques to safely clean the screen of your TV, and we’re here to explain how to accomplish so.
While it is possible to purchase TV cleaning kits, they can be expensive but are likely to include the same basic supplies that we describe below. There are also several advertisements for electronics wipes that can be used on TVs or computer monitors.
These can work, but some of them can contain alcohol, and judging according to certain user feedback posted on Amazon, they sometimes leave noticeable streaks across the screen.
A dry method, typically with a microfiber cloth, is the best & safest way to clean a TV screen. The majority of TV manufacturers include that advise in their owner guides, and it is generally applicable. Below, we’ll go over options for cleaning screens in more difficult circumstances, dry cleaning, and as an added bonus, cleaning your TV’s remote control.
Step by Step to Clean a TV Screen
Dust and smudges can be removed using a microfiber cloth
Use a dry cloth made of microfiber to gently brush the screen’s surface in a clockwise direction to remove dust after switching off the TV so you can see the state of the screen’s surface. Additionally, any fingerprints and smudges should be removed at this stage, though you might need to use extra pressure to do so. After finishing this step, if there are still smudges on the screen, proceed to step 2.
To erase stains, dip a cloth in distilled water
Dip a cloth made of microfiber in water that has been distilled, which is easily found at most grocery stores and costs little. If you don’t already know, distilled water refers to water that has undergone a procedure to remove mineral and other contaminants, and it is used for cleaning equipment in industrial and laboratory environments.
Use a microfiber cloth that is dry to dry the surface of the screen and remove any streaks after using the same circular rubbing movement to spot clean spots where smudges persist.
Use dish detergent diluted with water for harder dirt
Even while more potent cleaning agents may be necessary for tougher stains and grime, you can usually get rid of them by mixing mild dish soap with water. Dish soap should only make up a minor portion of the solution; the remaining ingredients should all be distilled water. Use the same rotation to clean after dipping the cloth made of microfiber in the solution. Once finished, dry the LCD surface and remove any spots with a dry microfiber towel.
How to Care for a TV Remote
- Remove the remote control’s batteries
- Utilize a disinfectant wipe to clean the surface
- With a cotton swab bathed in distilled water, clean the spaces between the buttons.
The second most crucial guideline to remember while cleaning your TV’s screen is never to spray liquid straight onto the surface. This goes along with staying away from powerful home cleaners that contain components like alcohol and ammonia.
Additionally, never use paper towels in place of microfiber towels since paper goods can damage the coating of screens, and the same is true of pre-packaged dry cleaning cloths because they might contain oils that can leave permanent smudges.
Use dry dusting cloths that have already been packaged to clean the TV’s stand and rear panel, which are less delicate parts of the device. Additionally, it is preferable to use a compressor to blow short bursts of air over the TV’s input ports to clear away any dust accumulation.