Have you ever sat down to watch your TV, only to notice that your screen is looking a little worse for the wear? Here are some tips on how to clean a flat screen TV so you can get back to your Netflix binge with total clarity!
CONSULT YOUR OWNERS MANUAL
Before you can begin any cleaning, it’s important to know what type of TV you own and pay close attention to any manufacturer directions and suggestions in your owner’s manual. This is especially important because doing something your owner’s manual prohibits will void your warranty.
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HOW TO CLEAN A FLAT SCREEN TV (THE BASICS)
In general, you can get a lot of cleaning done with just a soft, dry cloth. It’s best to avoid using paper towels because, believe it or else, they can actually scratch your screen. We recommend a dry microfiber cloth, similar to one you would use to clean camera lenses or glasses with.
A microfiber cloth will help pick up dust without leaving any residue or scratches behind. When cleaning, wipe it down with gentle, circular motions. Be careful not to press too hard, as this can damage the screen, too.
While you’re at it, wipe down the back side of the TV, too. Dust can clog the vents, which can negatively impact the performance of your television over time. It may even lead to it breaking if left uncleaned for too long.
HOW TO CLEAN A FLAT SCREEN TV’S STAINS
If you notice any stains while you are giving your screen a wipe down, don’t panic and start scrubbing away. As mentioned earlier, you can damage your screen if you apply too much pressure while cleaning. Instead, get your microfiber cloth slightly damp with distilled water.
You should never spray your screen directly with water. The direct spray could cause significant damage, such as component failure or a shock as it seeps into the set’s inner workings.
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If you find that water alone doesn’t get rid of the stains, you can add a tiny dot of dish soap to your water, making sure it’s very diluted before cleaning.
After you have used your damp cloth (with or without soap), you should go back over your screen with a second dry cloth. This will help remove any streaks and leave your screen crystal clear.
GENERAL TIPS FOR SUCCESS
You should avoid using household cleaners for this project. They typically contain alcohol or ammonia, which definitely will cause problems for your screen. Windex, while perfect for glass, should definitely not be used on your flat screen TV.
Whenever you clean your TV, it’s always a good rule of thumb to clean and sanitize your remote control, too. Just stop and think about all the germs that have accumulated on that bad boy since you first used it. You have probably never cleaned it, either. It’s just not high on our home chore list.
You can clean it with a cotton swab and an alcohol and water mix, but use that solution sparingly to avoid damage to your remote control.