How to Clean a Flat Screen TV: Best Methods Revealed

How To Clean A Flat Screen TV Microfiber ClothsThere are really two parts to any flat screen TV and so you need to pay attention to both when talking about how to clean a flat screen TV.  Each television has a frame or bezel that may even be extremely thin and then there’s the screen itself.


For everyday cleaning of flat screen TVs to keep up with dust and lint, use a clean, lint-free microfiber cloth on both.  This will remove dust, lint, and smudges without damaging the frame or scratching the screen.  Beyond that, you need a little more information on how to clean a flat screen TV when there is more than just dust and lint to deal with.

 

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Gone are the days of using caustic glass cleaner possibly with ammonia and a paper towel.  The new LED flat screen TVs are plastic and are at great risk of permanent damage from harsh chemicals (ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, or ethyl chloride), regular cloths or paper towels, and any sort of sponge or other scrubbing tool.  You need to pay attention to your cleaning technique more than ever when considering how to clean a flat screen TV like LED TVs or computer monitors.

So, if you’re not supposed to use harsh chemicals, scrubbing tools, paper towels, or other cloth, what should you use and how should you clean?

 
 

Just like for your eyeglasses, microfiber cloths offer the best protection against scratching and damage to flat screen televisions.  They are lint-free and don’t leave dust and lint behind the way other cloths do.  Also, paper towels, toilet tissue, and even your amazingly-soft old t-shirt are more abrasive than microfiber cloths which are designed specifically for delicate electronics screen cleaning.

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How to Clean a Flat Screen TV: Best Methods Revealed

What’s the best way to to clean your flat screen TV?  Here are the common steps:

  1. Always clean with the TV off. It’s easier to see dust, lint, grime, and smudges on a dark screen than with the TV on.
  2. Your first choice is to try and clean your TV screen without any liquid cleaning solution. Gently use a microfiber cloth to wipe any visible dust, lint, smudges, dirt, or grime from the TV screen.  If you’re having trouble with cleaning a particular area, don’t over-clean the area and risk scratching or damage. You may need to wash the screen to clean those tougher areas.
  3. If you find that you need additional cleaning, first try distilled water alone with the microfiber cloth.
  4. If it’s still not clean, you may need to do a little washing of the tougher dirt. White vinegar and distilled water or isopropyl alcohol and distilled water make great natural detergents that you can use to safely wash your flat screen TV screen.  Simply mix equal parts of vinegar or isopropyl alcohol with distilled water, use your microfiber cloth to soak up some of the solution, and gently rub the tougher areas where additional cleaning is necessary.  Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe the screen and remove the solution.
  5. Dirt and dust have a way of finding their way into corners and crevices and can be difficult to remove. A great technique is to use a Q tip soaked in your liquid solution to remove tough dirt from the crevices and corners. Again, don’t put too much pressure on the Q tip to avoid scratching or other damage to the screen.  Use a dry Q tip of microfiber cloth to dry the area and remove excess solution.
  6. The frame or bezel around your LED TV is not as prone to damage from scratching as the screen itself because it’s made from a harder plastic. You can use your microfiber cloth, a dusting cloth, or a duster to remove dust, lint, and smudges from the frame.  If you find that the frame needs additional cleaning attention, you can also use a paper towel dipped in your vinegar solution to remove tough dirt and grime.  Use a dry paper towel to dry the frame and remove excess solution.

CAUTION: Never use full-strength vinegar or alcohol on the screen.  It may damage it.

Vinegar and Water Cleaning Solution

 

You can also buy a screen cleaner or cleaning solution designed specifically for washing flat screen TV screens.

 

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For extra-tough flat screen TV cleaning, you may want to consider a TV cleaning kit which comes with everything you need to clean even very dirty flat screen TVs.

 

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