Clean Your Flat Screen TV

Clean Your Flat Screen TV

Nowadays, everyone has a flat screen for a television. Whether LCD or plasma, they need to be cleaned once in a while, as dust accumulates.
Here’s how to take care of your TV, based on its tech.

Supplies | Basics | LCD | Plasma

You’ll need:

  • Lens cleaning wipes
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Water

Basics of cleaning a screen

tv in apartment
The first thing to know about cleaning flat-screens is not avoid using pre-moistened wipes or other generic ones unsuited for all types of screen. Also banish sheets of paper towels, as they can scratch the surface of your TV.
You can purchase suitable dedicated cleaning kits for monitors and screens. Their price ranges from 10 to 15 dollars. These kits usually contain a foam or gel, with a cloth (or special glove). Another useful material to clean is that of microfiber fabric, similar to those used to clean eye-wear.
The basic rule when cleaning a screen is to have it completely turned off, if not disconnected altogether.
You can dampen your cloth for tough stains but it will be best to do it dry.

Cleaning an LCD screen

lcd screen
For LCD screens, all you really need is a cotton cloth, which has the advantage of not leaving any stuff behind.
Moisten the cloth, and wipe away the screen, several times. Avoid pressing down, and the dirt will gradually be removed. Alternatively, you can use microfiber cloths that won’t scratch your screen.

Cleaning a plasma screen

plasma tv
When cleaning a plasma screen, you should focus on specific and tailored cleaning wipes. Plasma screens are prone to damage, so check your local store (or go online) to find adapted wipes for your screen.
Don’t try using the plasma wipes on other screens (eg. LCDs), as they may damage them.

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