The TV screen is covered with dust, sometimes even fingerprints and other small dirt. It is not always easy to know how to clean this type of extremely fragile surface while being sure not to damage it. Some products are too greasy, others leave streaks, and still others can completely damage the television. Here are our tips for properly cleaning your TV screen without risk.
What precautions should be taken before cleaning a TV screen?
Before you start cleaning your TV screen, it is necessary to take a few precautions.
- Turn off your screen : cleaning a switched on TV is very risky, because you can cause a short circuit or interfere with the pixels of the screen. Also, it’s much easier to see dust and smudges on a black screen.
- Let the television cool : it will be easier to clean than a hot screen on which dust sticks under the effect of static electricity.
- Make light movements : clean your screen without pressing on the surface and with gentle movements, as they are very fragile and easily damaged.
- Use soft cloths : prefer soft microfiber type cloths to clean your TV screen. Avoid any fluffy cloth like some old cottons, paper towels or napkins. Also, be sure to use a clean cloth that won’t scratch or grease the surface of the screen.
- Forget the chemicals : Never use chemicals to clean your TV screen, especially if it contains ammonia or ethanol. On the other hand, you can buy a product suitable for LCD, LED and plasma screens if you wish.
How to properly clean your TV screen?
Clean your screen with a specialized product
You can absolutely buy products or kits of products and wipes sold on the market and suitable for cleaning TV screens. These products are well suited and generally remove streaks and dust well.
If the appropriate cloth is not provided, equip yourself with a clean microfiber cloth on which you will spray a few drops of your product. Don’t put too much at once so as not to flood the screen, it’s better to add more if you run out. Also, do not spray the product directly on the screen, even if the manufacturer allows it. You may stain the surface of the screen or surrounding surfaces (TV frame or stand, TV stand, etc.).
Clean with the microfiber cloth using gentle, circular movements. This is the best solution to avoid traces. Avoid straight lines which tend to move dust and leave unsightly streaks.
Let your screen dry thoroughly before turning it back on.
Clean your screen with white vinegar
For fans of natural products or for those who simply do not have a TV screen cleaner, you can use white vinegar. This is indeed very effective in removing stubborn stains without damaging the surface. White vinegar is a magical product, inexpensive, ecological and multipurpose.
To do this, simply mix as much white vinegar as non-calcareous water in a clean basin. Moisten a clean microfiber cloth in it, wring it out well and remove the traces by forming circles. Do not spray the mixture directly on the screen. Wipe immediately with another clean, dry microfiber cloth while forming circles to avoid streaks when drying.
Clean your screen with water
Your TV screen should not be cleaned too often to avoid damaging it prematurely. If you want to dust it regularly, make gentle circles on the surface with a clean, dry microfiber cloth or slightly dampened with non-calcareous water. If your cloth is damp, always end with a fitting with a dry cloth to avoid traces of drying.
Which are the errors to avoid ?
To successfully clean your TV screen, here are the mistakes to avoid:
- Do not just wash your screen and dust off the frame and the base, as well as the furniture on which it is placed, otherwise the surrounding dust will quickly redeposit on your clean screen.
- Remember to dust the vents of the fans on the back of the screen. To do this, use your vacuum cleaner to prevent the cloth from pushing them back inside.
- Avoid cleaning your screen with wipes already impregnated with product. Even if these wipes are suitable for TV screens, they often age badly and end up leaving unsightly marks.
- Never spray a cleaning liquid directly on the screen to avoid staining it and staining the TV cabinet or the stand of the screen.
- If you clean your TV screen with a damp product, always dry with a dry microfiber cloth to better polish the surface. Air drying tends to leave streaks.
- Avoid window cleaners and similar chemical cleaners, as they can harm the surface of your TV screen.