What Can You use to Clean a TV Screen? 5 Methods For Effortless Streak-Free Success
Households with dogs had more types of bacteria [than those without], with greatest impact seen in the microbial diversity of TV screens and pillowcases – Nsikan Akpan, Medical Daily
I have two kids. Two little boys in fact.
Little boys always have sticky hands and those sticky hands tend to touch a lot of things around the house. Particularly items that are shiny or reflective and show up those fingerprints really well!
Case in point, our flat screen TV. It always has smudges and smears all over it. I really need some ideas on what to use to clean a TV screen.
So, I went searching on the internet for some handy cleaning tips. Here are the best five methods I found on how to clean your flat screen TV.
The screen on your television, whether it is a LCD, LED or plasma, are very delicate and need correct handling, particularly when cleaning it. Too much pressure can lead to damage to pixels. If the damage is not extensive, it may be able to be repaired. However, in many cases, repairs are not possible and you will need to replace the set.
In other words, be very gentle!
Before you start anything, make sure to first unplug the TV completely. Although very unlikely, you don’t want any electrical mishaps to occur.
Once you’re done with the screen, don’t forget to go over the frame, any buttons and also the rear of the TV with a cloth or duster. Finally plug the TV back in and enjoy your shows!
1. Use a Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber is a truly multitasking material. It is made with millions of fibers that are essentially shaped like hooks. These hooks pick up the tiniest specks of dust and dirt and can even clean away germs.
2. Spray a Multi-Surface Cleaner
You can use this for both the screen and the frame. After all, the frame collects a lot of dust. Don’t forget behind the TV if it’s not wall mounted. Don’t spray any liquids directly onto the television screen. Always spray the cloth you are using, then wipe away any marks.
3. Try Versatile Electronic Screen Wipes
Screen wipes are an all-round lifesaver when it comes to cleaning any type of screen. You can use them on your cell phone or tablet screen to wipe off makeup and fingerprints. You can give your eyeglasses or sunglasses a quick clean and you can even safely use them on any flat-screen television.
4. Dampen a Cloth with Distilled Water
Again, don’t spray any water directly onto the screen. Simply soak your cloth in clean, preferably distilled, water. Wring out the cloth thoroughly and wipe the screen.
5. Create Your Own Soap or Vinegar Solution
For stubborn stains, moisten a cloth with a solution of warm water and gentle soap.
You can even substitute white vinegar for the soap to make an alternative cleaning solution.
6. What NOT to Use When Cleaning a TV Screen
It is very important to know what you should never put near a flat-screen television. For example, never use a window or glass cleaner. These contain ingredients such as ammonia and alcohol, which are definitely not safe for screens. Don’t use any flammable liquids like benzine, solvents or thinners.
Whichever method you choose, follow these five simple steps and you’ll have a sparkling, streak-free flat-screen television in no time at all!