Enjoy an evening in with the family. Before that can happen it’s important to have a clean TV screen. Learn how to clean your TV screen.
Getting settled in for a movie night at home can quickly and easily be put on hold if you notice all the dust and fingerprints on the TV screen. There was a point when I didn’t know how to properly clean my TV screens. I am here to tell you though, it is pretty easy to do.
Here are some other posts you might like:
- Where to Start When Cleaning a Messy House
- How to Clean a Coffee Maker
- The Simplest Way to Clean a Plastic Shower Curtain
First Thing First
Turn your TV off. This is done for a couple of reasons. First, it allows you to better be able to see all of the fingerprints (how on earth do these get there?!?) and dust. Lastly, having your TV off will make sure that you aren’t interfering with any of the pixels in your TV.
The following are affiliate links. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. You can read my full disclosure here.
Making sure you have the right cloth will ensure there is very little lint left behind. Most newer TVs are coming with cleaning cloths (similar to those used to clean glasses) these days but, if yours doesn’t don’t worry. Any soft lint-free cloth can work. The best ones are cotton cloths or microfiber cloths.
Chemicals such as benzine’s, alcohol, thinners, alkaline or acidic based cleaners can potentially damage your TV screen when cleaning it. Be sure to check any cleaning cloths you may use as they may contain some of these chemicals.
Never spray water or any cleaning agents directly onto your TV screen. This can cause an electric shock, damage to internal or external parts from it dripping or even a fire.
Know Your Screen Type
It is important to know if you have an LCD screen or a Plasma screen as cleaning them is a bit different. The general cleaning instructions are about the same but, the tolerated cleaning agents are different.
How to Clean Your TV
Each individual TV brand will have a specific way to be cleaned. Check your owners manual for the specific directions if you are unsure. Below are the more well-known products and some of their suggestions.
LG suggests unplugging the TV before you clean it. They also say a plain dry soft cloth is best as an abrasive one would scratch the screen.
Toshiba also suggests just a plain dry cloth is best for cleaning their screens.
Place a small amount of water onto a soft cloth (just enough to dampen the cloth) and gently wipe your TV screen down.
Panasonic states that their TV screens are specially treated and should only be cleaned with a lint-free soft cloth or, a cleaning cloth. If stubborn spots remain, you can put a clean, lint-free cloth in a solution of a few drops of dish soap into a bucket of water. Make sure the cloth is only damp when wiping the screen and follow it with a dry soft cloth.
Again, a clean dry cloth is best but, stubborn spots can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. If you are using a commercial cleaning cloth it is important to follow the directions on the package.
Remember when cleaning your TV screen, it doesn’t take much to end up with a broken TV. Be gentle and try your best not to use any harsh chemicals. After all, a slightly smudged TV screen is better than a broken one for those movie nights.