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How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

To enjoy the best tv moment on a show or movie, you require dust, dirt, and a fingerprint-free screen.  Cleaning a flat-screen tv requires you to understand the type of materials to avoid any damage while cleaning. Some TV’s have more fragile materials that could be easily damaged.  This article gives you the formula on how to clean it and use the appropriate cleaning agents.

What to Use When Cleaning a Tv Screen

  • Lint-free cloth such as a microfiber (3)
  • mild dish soap( optional)
  • Bowl
  • Distilled water or lens cleaner

Cleaning Steps

  1. Turn off the TV– it’s best to shut off the tv before cleaning to give it some time to cool down and help you see the dirt. A warm screen increases the chances of getting damage.
  2. Check the Owner’s Manual– have a look at what the tv manufacturers recommend cleaning the flat screen tv. You can still check the manual online if you lost it to avoid doing something that will void the warranty.
  3. Wipe with a Lint-free Cloth– wipe the screen gently with a dry, soft cloth. Avoid scrubbing the screen as any pressure may cause the liquid crystals inside to burn out.
  4. Use a Damp Cloth – unless your manual prohibits, use a damp cloth to wipe. Be careful not to sprinkle any water on the screen and ensure you wring your cloth well. Spray your towel with the cleaning agent, either water or vinegar.

Be cautious of the amount of solution you use; the cloth should be slightly damp. Applying too much solution onto the fabric and using the wet cloth on the screen may permanently cause damage; excess cleaner on the Tv screen runs down into the bezel and any other nearby electronic.

  1. Add a Drop of Dish Soap- mix one drop of soap with one-fourth of a cup of water and apply on the cloth. Use a second damp cloth to wash off the soapy residue. Later dry the screen with a clean microfiber cloth.
  2. You can still use another flat screen tv cleaner like vinegar. Make equal parts of water and vinegar. Dampen a cloth and gently wipe the screen.

Cleaning Pro Tips

  • Avoid using paper towels, toilet paper, or other fabrics like your shirt to wipe the screen, as they may scratch or damage the screen. The wood-based wipes contain rough fibers that cause the scratching.
  • It’s best not to use products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, or ethyl chloride. These chemicals in commercial window cleaners can cause the screen to turn yellow.
  • Please keep away from spraying liquid directly on the screen to run inside the monitor and cause damage.

Can I Use Wipes to Clean My TV?

It’s best to avoid using wipes to clean your flat screen as it leaves residues on TV. The manufacturers recommend using a soft cloth dampened with distilled water or vinegar to clean the screen. In case of a tough stain, add a drop or two of mild dish detergent. But there are wipes designed explicitly for electronics that you can use.

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Can I Use Windex on a Flat Screen TV?

Though Windex is an everyday cleaning product on many devices, it can cause permanent damage on a television. The reason is that Windex is an ammonia-based cleaner. This cleaner may cause a reaction between it and the Tv coating screen, causing clouding.


There are different cleaning solutions you can use to clean your screen. If you decide to use either water, vinegar, or lens cleaning solution, do not directly spray the screen. Instead, moisten your microfiber cloth and wipe the screen. Again, ensure you wipe the screen gently to prevent creating any pressure and causing damage.