When it comes to cleaning your TV screen, the first thing to do is consult the owner’s manual. HDTVs come in a variety of makes and models, each with their own recommended cleaning regimens. The absolute last thing you should do is resort to Windex or any kind of strong cleanser “designed for TV screens.” The reason for this is because most modern HDTVs have special coating that a strong, household cleaner could ruin.
Windex is designed to cleanse smooth, glass surfaces and it could prove overwhelming for sensitive pieces of hardware like the screen of an HDTV. If the owner’s manual doesn’t shine some light on this, here are a few non-abrasive solutions:
If it’s a matter of dust, a microfiber cloth is all you need. These are the same cloths used for wiping eyeglasses, which make them ideal for HDTV screens.
- Make sure the TVs turned off so you don’t damage the screen while it is in use.
- Gently wipe the surface-level dirt and dust.
- Do not press down on the screen. If you find that the grime is not coming off, try a vinegar and water solution.
Vinegar and Water Solution
Never spray water of a heavy-duty cleaner on the surface of any electrical appliance, least of all the screen of an HDTV.
- Mix a small amount of vinegar and water together.
- Dip the microfiber cloth and be sure to wring any excess fluid. You do not want to drench the screen.
- Gently wipe the surface, starting on the spot that needs the extra cleaning.
- When you have removed the spot, use a second microfiber cloth to dry the surface. This method, unfortunately, will not work on scratches.
Dealing with Scratches
Scratches can happen either from rough handling or poor cleaning – using abrasive cleaning products like paper towels and window cleaners. Here are three possible solutions to deal with scratches on your TV screen.
- First, check your product warranty. Sometimes scratches are covered and all you need to do is exchange the HDTV for a new one.
- Scratch repair kits are on the market, but it’s wise to do your research on these in order to avoid worsening the problem.
- Use a bit of petroleum jelly on a cotton ball to help hide the scratches.
And Remember – Be Gentle
Ever notice how an HDTV screen will sometimes ripple when you touch it? You should never touch screen because of just how fragile it can be. Touching the screen with too much pressure or using an overly abrasive method of cleaning can leave marks, forever damaging your viewing experience. When cleaning your HDTV, be gentle both in terms of your method and the products you use.