How to Clean Flat TV Screen

To capture every second of your favorite show, you will need a TV screen free of dust, dirt and fingerprints. But using the wrong cleaning method can void any warranty that might still be in effect. That’s why The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Cleaning and Media and Technology Labs have joined forces to recommend the safest and most effective methods and products to clean your TV screen and reveal a brilliant picture to watch, and clean all the accessories that come with it. .

No matter what type of TV you have, you will need a dry microfiber cloth designed to clean and remove smudges from glasses, cell phones, and camera lenses. We love the oversized from Toddy Gear. It measures nine square inches, so it’s easier to use on a big screen than a smaller cloth.

How to clean plasma, LED, LCD and OLED flat TVs

More delicate LCD, plasma or overhead projectors cannot withstand traditional wet cleaning. To keep that flat screen looking like new without damaging it, here’s what to do.

• What you will need:
Microfiber cloth or electrostatic cloth, pre-moistened wipe

• How to clean:
Dust the TV with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or with an electrostatic cloth, such as the GH Seal Star, Swiffer. Clean stubborn spots with a pre-moistened wipe designed for electronics. With your microfiber cloth or rag, run over the buttons and back of the TV to catch dust in the vents.

• GH Lab tip:
Plasma screens, although they are made of glass, have anti-reflective coatings that can be damaged by traditional cleaning products. It’s best to follow the same drying methods that you would use to clean LCD and OLED LED TVs.

How to clean tube TVs

Cleaning glass tube TV screens is about as easy as cleaning mirrors in your home, read our cleaning tips below and how to avoid damaging your tube TV.

What you will need: Microfiber cloth, window cleaning spray

How to clean: Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth dampened with a little water or your favorite window cleaning spray. Remove any stuck pieces with your fingernail and polish the screen to dry it.

GH Lab tip: Never (repeat, never!) Spray the screen directly. This could damage the device, as well as the surrounding cabinets.

How to clean TV screens without streaks

To keep your TV streak-free, Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, suggests the tips below to help minimize streaking.

• Use a clean microfiber cloth or cloth. Dirty rags can redeposit dirt which can cause streaks.

• Avoid using pre-treated dusting cloths. They have oily finishes which are great for picking up dust on wood furniture but can leave deposits on a TV screen.

• Turn the cloth over often as it collects dust.

• First wipe the screen in one direction (horizontally or vertically) then wipe is a second time if the opposite direction to completely cover the entire screen and catch the telltale streaks.

• Clean the screen with the TV off. It is easier to see and remove streaks when the screen is black.

How to clean the TV speakers

If the sound from the speakers is muffled, it may be time to clean them. Follow the tips below to keep your speaker sound crystal clear.

What you will need: Scotch-Brite Lint Roller, Vacuum

How to clean: If the fabric covers for your speakers are removable (see the manual), remove them and vacuum both sides with the cushioning tool to remove dust, lint, and pet hair. often stick. If the covers cannot be removed, approach the work from the front with the vacuum cleaner or use a Scotch-Brite lint roller

GH Lab tip: Even an old pair of hoodies can do the trick. For hard screen-like speaker covers, remove or clean in place with a well-wrung, damp, lint-free microfiber cloth and allow to dry.

How to clean your remote

While the cleanliness of the remote won’t affect your movie viewing experience, you’ll want to keep it clean to keep it working with your TV. And cleaning it often minimizes the spread of germs, as it is probably one of the most frequently affected items in your home. Here is what we suggest.

What you will need: Disinfectant wipes

How to clean: First, take out the batteries and replace the battery compartment cover. Press the remote control lightly, button down, on a table to dislodge any crumbs or debris stuck in crevices. Take a pre-moistened disinfectant wipe (think of all the sprouted fingers your remote has seen!), Wring it out well so that it doesn’t drip, and use it to clean both sides of the remote. Pay special attention to buttons and the narrow spaces around them. Allow the remote to air dry, then replace the batteries.

GH Lab tip: To get into the tiny crevices, use a toothpick or your fingernail with the wipe to remove any stuck-on goo.

Tips for keeping your TV clean

• Clean your TV weekly to prevent dust, film and fingerprints from accumulating and becoming more difficult to remove. Make it even easier by keeping a microfiber cloth nearby to wipe off dust and dirt when you see it.

• Never spray anything directly onto a TV screen, even glass tube televisions. Too much spray can get into the cabinet and the internal workings and damage the assembly.

• Use the soft dusting brush of your vacuum cleaner and low suction to remove dust from all vents, ports and cable connections.

• Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions if under warranty, anything you do that goes against it may void your warranty.

• Stay away from products containing ammonia, alcohol or acetone, which can damage the TV screen.

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