What can you use to clean the TV screen: tips for different models
Cleaning a modern TV is not as easy as it seems because most household dust sprays are not suitable for such devices. But it's not too difficult if you know what manufacturers and experts recommend to remove stains from the screen and body.
"Which?" magazine has collected the main recommendations on this matter. They will help you safely clean your TV so that it transmits the image as clearly and vividly as possible.
Choosing a Product
There are dozens of cleaning products for all kinds of surfaces in your home, from countertops to windows, but many of them are too harsh to use on a thin TV screen. Most manufacturers explicitly state this in the instructions and give their recommendations for choosing a product.
So the most general advice is not to use any liquid products and to use only a dry, soft cloth, preferably a microfiber cloth. As a last resort, you can lightly moisten the cloth with water or a solution of neutral detergent, for which you need to take 100 parts of water for 1 part of it. After wet cleaning, be sure to wipe the TV dry.
Five Steps to Clean Your TV Screen Without Leaving Streaks
Before you begin, unplug the TV from the power outlet. Use a soft, dry cloth, ideally microfiber or something similar to what you would use to wipe your glasses. Do not use a rough cloth or paper towels. They can damage the delicate screen.
Gently clean the surface in small circles. Avoid pushing the TV.
Some TVs are less stable than others, and you may need to support the back of the screen with your free hand. OLED TVs, in particular, require this precaution, as the screen is incredibly thin.
If there are any stubborn marks on the screen, use a soap and water solution or a special TV screen cleaner according to your manufacturer's recommendations. Apply the solution or water to a cloth only, and never directly to the screen.
Allow the screen to dry completely before reconnecting the TV to the mains. The cleaning agent may not react well to the heat of the appliance.
What Products Should I Avoid
Modern screens are coated with special substances to minimize glare and fingerprints, and it's important not to damage this coating. Almost all of the cleaning products you use in the kitchen and bathroom can wash these substances away, so it's best to avoid them all to be safe.
Do I Need to Clean LCD and OLED Screens Differently
No, these types of screens can be cleaned in the same way. Products that are labeled as being designed specifically for a particular type are nothing more than a marketing gimmick.
What Other Parts of the TV Need to Be Cleaned
TV ports, such as HDMI and USB inputs, can become clogged with dust. This can impair their performance if you want to use them after a long break. Also, connecting to a dusty port can push dust inside the TV, which is potentially dangerous.
Therefore, wipe the ports with a cloth from time to time. If they are particularly dusty, you can use a vacuum cleaner on the lowest setting to remove the dirt. But be careful to keep the nozzle away from the TV to avoid damaging it. Try not to press on the port, as this can also damage the connection.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told you how to reduce the amount of dust at home and, accordingly, on the TV as well.