“Don’t Overthink and Overdo It – Clean the LED TV Screen Using Soft Cloth and Some Easy Hacks”
Similar to any other electronics, TV screens are also prone to dust, blemishes, and fingerprints.
If not cleaned regularly, the visual quality and durability can get diminished.
Fortunately, cleaning LED TV screens is relatively an easy task. All you need is a soft cloth and dry cloth.
Below article contains the step-by-step processes of cleaning an LED screen and the necessary safety measures you need to follow.
Steps to Clean LED Screen Safely
We have provided a safe and most effective method to clean your TV screen without any streaks. It is a step-by-step process so read thoroughly and follow carefully.
Unplug your TV
This is the first and foremost thing that you should do before starting to clean your TV screen. However, most people just turn off the TV and do not unplug it. Firstly, leaving the TV plugged raises safety concerns. You are using a liquid to wipe the screen and you put yourself at risk of shock by leaving the TV plugged in.
Secondly, when you turn off the TV, you will be able to better spot stains and dust on the screen. You can apply extra pressure on those spots to get rid of the debris.
Gently wipe the screen using a soft, dry microfiber cloth
You have to use a soft, clean cloth for cleaning your LED TV screen. The cloth should be free from dust and debris. If you use a hard cloth, it might scratch the screen. Strongly avoid using paper towels, tissues, or rags to wipe your TV screen.
In many cases, Brands offer their own cleaning cloths along with the TVs. You can use the same cloth to wipe your TV.
But, if you do not have the cloth, you can go with an anti-static microfiber cloth. Such clothes include the ones you use for cleaning your camera lenses, PC monitors, and eyeglasses.
Using the cloth, wipe the screen in a circulation motion. Remember not to press the screen too hard. If you press it hard, it will cause the pixels to burn out.
Do not be too hard on your TV screen. If there is a tough stain, applying extra pressure won’t get rid of that, albeit it increases the chances of screen damage. LED screens are very sensitive and cannot handle high pressure.
When you apply too much pressure, you might break the screen. Additionally, it might also destroy pixels in the specific spot where you applied excessive pressure.
For thorough cleaning, wipe your screen initially in one direction (either horizontal/vertical) then continue wiping in the opposite direction to cover the entire screen. Using a circular motion will spread the stain to areas that aren’t stained. So, prefer a single motion in the same direction to remove the debris.
Use moist cloth for hard-to-remove stains
Some tough stains will be hard to remove. For that, you have to moisten your cloth with a cleaner and then wipe the screen in a circular motion.
When doing this, never apply the cleaning solution directly to your TV screen. This will cause the moisture to enter into the internal part of the TV and damage the components.
Always apply the cleaning solution to the cloth.
You will find it difficult to clean the corners of your TV screen using the cloth. For this, you can use a cotton swab instead of the cloth. Dip the swab into the cleaning solution and wipe the corners of your screen.
Try Mild Soap Water
If wet cloth wiping won’t work on stains. Then dampen the cloth in diluted soap or alcohol solution to clean tough stains. Simply, prepare a screen cleaning solution by adding a drop of soap to 1/4 cup of water and dampen the cloth in the solution to clean. For instance, use diluted isopropyl alcohol solution for cleaning oil residue. It evaporates and prevents the risk of entering into the TV’s internal system.
Vacuum Dust for Edges
Use a vacuum with a soft-bristled brush to remove the dust from the plastic /glass edges and bezel around the screen. Or else, the dust that settles between the gaps in the screen and penetrates deep to cause internal damage to the device. Use a cotton swab to clean in difficult areas like corners.
Make it as Weekly Routine
To keep your TV free from dust, fingerprints and other stains, you have to clean your TV at least once a week on a regular basis. This will make it easy to remove or else wipe off the LED screen with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and grime whenever you see it.
Avoid harmful chemicals
Most commercial cleaning solutions are very effective but they will damage the TV screen. Avoid using solutions that have ammonia, acetone, or alcohol in any form.
Besides, don’t use any cleaners that contain abrasives. The abrasives can scratch your TV screen leading to irreversible damage.
Don’t void your warranty
Again, we are stressing the importance of reading the user manual. It will contain important information on the do’s and don’ts while cleaning your LED TV.
If you use a cleaner that your manufacturer specifically mentioned not to use, then you will lose your warranty privileges. You can not claim your warranty. So, to avoid all this, it is best to read the manual before cleaning your LED TV.
Cleaning your TV remote:
It will save you some time if you clean the remote along with your TV screen.
Your remote is at a high risk of harboring bacteria as all your family members use it, mostly without cleaning their hands. So, from a personal hygienic view, it is important to clean your remote.
Remove batteries before cleaning the remote
Before starting to clean the remote, remove the batteries from them. Then, apply an alcohol cleaning solution to the cotton wool pad. Using this cloth, wipe the buttons and sides.
It is important not to use water-based cleaning solutions for remotes. There is a possibility the solution can enter the remote and damage the parts.
If you want, you can also clean the battery compartment of your remote. But this is not necessary.
Now, your LED TV and remote will be as good as new.
Tips to Consider While Cleaning the LED TV Screen:
To clean your LED TV screen, you have to follow certain things to complete the task easily and effectively. Here are those tips and safety precautions that ensure you the perfect cleaning of your LED TV screen.
- Check out the manual: Every TV has its user manual with all vital information, including how to use and maintain it. Go through the manual to find out the best way to clean the screen, what type of cloth material or cleaners to be used for its cleaning.
- Dry soft cloth for regular cleaning and wet cloth for tough stains: Always start the cleaning process with a dry cloth rather than a wet cloth. Use a dry cloth to remove dust and other loose stains whereas use a wet cloth to handle the tough stains (if any).
- Avoid direct spraying: Never spray anything like water or liquid cleaners directly on the LED screen, why because the liquid will enter inside the screen through small gaps in the corner. It may result in electric shocks or lead to failure of the components or entire set.
- Spray onto the cloth: The best way is to spray the cleaners (liquid) directly on the cloth but not on the screen and use that wet cloth to wipe the screen. Also, avoid using traditional cleaning products, as they damage the anti-glare coating.
- Stay away from cleaners: Using chemical cleaners/products (containing acetone, ammonia or alcohol) will not only remove the toughest stains on the LED screen but also damage your screen. Thus, they affect the screen coating and impact your viewing experience. So, prefer to use diluted white vinegar to clean your LED screen.
- Say no to pre-treated cloths: Avoid using pre-treated dusting cloths or dirty cloths, as redeposit dust on the screen. Also, clean the screen by turning the cloth often why because it picks up the dust.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ans: Using cloths dampened with water is the best way to clean tough stains. Adding white vinegar to it will make the work easier. However, refrain from spraying water directly on the screen as it may cause shocks and lead to components failure.
Ans: In general, a soft lint-free dry cloth will work best in cleaning the LCD screen. Whereas damp the cloth in solvents and use it to get rid of tough stains or debris. Also, one can use alcohol wipes to clean the LCD TV screen. But be careful that certain alcohols can affect the screen coating. Use isopropyl for removing oil stains, as it evaporates immediately and thus reduces the risk of entering into the TV’s internal working system.
Ans: Even though cloth damped with water is the best way to clean tough stains. But adding some white vinegar to the water will improve the cleaning process (or) wet the cloth with a diluted cleaner and wipe the spot in a circular motion will help to get rid of the oil marks or ink stains from the screen.
Ans: Yes, of course. You can use eyeglass cleaning cloths to wipe your TV screen. They are soft and gentle that won’t cause any scratches on the screen while cleaning and clean off the dirt and other debris.
Ans: Mix a small quantity of soap in 1/4 cup of water and wet the cloth in this solution. Use it to wipe off the smudge. Then use a wet cloth to wipe the soap residue. Finally, remove the moisture by using a lint-free linen cloth on the screen.
Ans: Start the process by rubbing gently on the spot by using a soft dry cloth. Then dampen the cloth with water and again rub it gently. After a thorough cleaning, remove the moisture on the screen with a dry cloth before it runs down into internal parts.
Ans: A soft lint-free linen cloth works best in cleaning your LCD screen. If the dry cloth doesn’t remove the stains completely, dampen it in solvents to get rid of tough stains.
Ans: Alcohol wipes can be a great way to wipe your LCD TV screen. However, certain alcohols can affect the coating of the screen. Isopropyl works best as it is very effective in removing oil stains and evaporates almost immediately, reducing the risk of entering into your TV’s internal working system.
Ans: If wiping your TV screen with a wet cloth doesn’t work, you can dampen the cloth in diluted soap or alcohol solution to fight against tough stains. You can add a drop of soap to one-fourth cup of water and then dampen the cloth in the solution. Or else, you can use diluted isopropyl alcohol solution. Isopropyl alcohol is very effective in cleaning oil residue. Additionally, it evaporates almost immediately, and hence eliminates the risk of entering the TV’s internal system.
Cleaning a TV screen at frequent intervals will help to get rid of dust and other debris. Or else, they will deposit on the screen and become hard to clean. A clean and clear TV screen will provide a good viewing experience. Ideally, you should clean your TV screen every week to get rid of dust and other stains.
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