How to Clean a TV Screen
This is how to clean a TV screen, ridding it of smudges, fingerprints and dust. No harsh chemicals needed!
Your TV will deliver a bright, crystal clear picture—as long as the screen is clean! Don’t let dust and smudges ruin your latest Netflix binge or nail-biting sporting event. Wiping down the TV should be part of your weekly living room cleaning routine, and fortunately, it doesn’t take much to keep your screen looking brand-new. In fact, less is more when it comes to cleaning a TV. Here’s how to clean a TV screen without damaging or scratching the surface.
How to Clean Your TV Screen
- Microfiber cloth
- Distilled water
- Spray bottle
- Turn the TV off and let it cool down for a few minutes, then unplug it. This is the safest way to clean a TV, and the black screen will make smudges and stains easier to see.
- To get rid of dust, gently wipe the screen and frame with a dry microfiber cleaning cloth, using a circular motion. Microfiber traps dust and won’t scratch the screen. But make sure to wipe gently; TV screens are fragile and can be damaged if you apply too much pressure.
- For finger smudges or tougher stains, spray distilled water on to your microfiber cleaning cloth to barely dampen it (squeeze out any excess water). Then gently wipe the frame and screen. Don’t spray water directly on the screen.
- Dry the screen by wiping it again with a dry cloth. Let the screen dry completely before plugging it back in.
How to Clean a TV Remote Control
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With the entire family handling the TV remote, it can become a magnet for bacteria and grime—so don’t forget to clean it weekly. First take the batteries out of the remote. Then wipe the remote with a damp microfiber cloth to get rid of any dirt or sticky residue. To disinfect, dampen the cloth with rubbing alcohol and wipe the remote, then dry with a clean cloth. Use a toothpick or Q-tip to clean crumbs and debris out of all the little crevices. These electronic wipes are another option, formulated to kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria.
What to Avoid When Cleaning a TV
According to Samsung, you should never use any type of window cleaner, soap, scouring powder, wax or any cleanser with solvents like alcohol, benzene, ammonia or acetone when cleaning your TV. Also avoid abrasive pads or paper towels which can scratch the screen and strip the anti-glare coating.