Your TV screen probably looks smudgy and you’re thinking to yourself, it’s time to clean this thing! Your first instinct might be to grab a spray bottle and towel.
You might also think of spraying liquid directly on the screen and wiping it with a towel. DON’T! You could damage your TV. TV screens, especially the modern ones are very delicate and can very easily be damaged.
You can keep your TV dust and smudge-free without causing any damage. Moreover, different TV types require different cleaning methods. However, some methods work for all TVs.
To clean your TV, we highly recommend using a microfiber towel instead of a regular towel or cloth. The reason is that a microfiber towel absorbs a lot more moisture faster than a regular cloth towel leaving less room for tv screen damage.
Note: Always unplug electrical items before cleaning. NEVER spray water or any liquid directly on your TV.
Let’s delve right into quick and easy ways to clean your TV.
Method 1 – Best for Dusty TVs
If your TV is covered in dust but has no streaks or smudges. You might want to opt for a quick dust cleaning. Again, if you have a modern TV, you don’t want to use just any material to dust your TV.
One of the safest and faster ways to dust your TV is to use an electrostatic duster. These dusters are a must-have if you have screens and monitors in your home.
How to clean: Turn off your TV and allow it to cool if warm. You might want to wear a face mask to protect you from dust and air particles.
Run the electrostatic duster up and down your TV screen, until all the surface has been covered. If the dust is a lot, shake off the dust from the duster outside your home at intervals and dust the screen once again.
Next, dust the back of the TV, you have to deliberately reach the nooks and crannies of the TV. Be sure to dust the TV vents too! Shake the dust off the duster outside your home and repeat this process until dust-free.
Finally, wipe the TV carefully with a microfiber moistened with a quality TV liquid cleaner. Most modern TVs have special coatings on their screens that can be ruined by using the wrong cleaning liquids. Remember, NEVER spray any liquid directly on your TV.
Method 2 – Best for stubborn smudges
Did someone touch your TV screen with grease-covered hands? Not to worry! This method of cleaning works great for streaks caused by grease.
For this method, all you need is a microfiber cloth moistened with some TV screen cleaner or any suitable window cleaner. Again, you need to turn off your TV and allow it to cool if warm.
How to Clean: Lightly spray the liquid cleaner onto the microfiber towel. You just want to moisten the towel, not get it wet! Next, using a circular motion, gently wipe the TV screen until you’ve covered every surface.
If an area is too dirty, DO NOT apply force or more pressure, asides from damaging the TV screen, you could easily tip the TV over. A good solution to overly dirty areas would be to wipe them repeatedly until they clear up.
Method 3 – Saver’s Choice
Looking to save money on cleaning liquids and kits? This method is perfect for you! All you need is a microfiber towel (still) and a mixture of dish soap and water.
How to Clean: Just as with Method 2, you want to spray the liquid mixture onto the microfiber towel. Again you just need to moisten the towel, not get it wet. Next, using a circular motion, gently wipe the TV screen until you’ve covered every surface.
You know how we said earlier that different TVs need different cleaning methods? Well, Method 1 and 2 are recommended for plasma, LED, LCD, and OLED TVs. Method 3 is recommended for cleaning glass tube television screens (old school Tvs if you’re wondering).
With the glass tube television, you could use your fingernails to lightly scratch off the dirt that is stuck on; don’t worry this won’t damage your TV if you scratch ever so lightly after wiping with a damp cloth.
Don’t Skip Cleaning the TV Remote!
A TV remote is one of those things almost everyone forgets to clean. Yet, it is one of the most handled items in a home! Like your mobile phone, TV remote if left uncleaned could be crawling with germs.
There are two ways to clean the TV remote. With both methods, you need to first remove the TV batteries. Facing the button side downwards, give the remote a mild tap on your palm. This tap will help dislodge dirt and debris that might be stuck in the crannies of the buttons.
Next, use a soft toothbrush to brush horizontally and vertically across the buttons. Face downwards and tap on your palm once again. Next, use a cotton swab damped with some TV cleaning liquid and clean each of the TV buttons carefully.
For the other method, you would need to unscrew the remote control (if possible) and clean the button pad thoroughly with a damp microfiber cloth. This isn’t necessary though. This method requires expertise and patience because you could end up damaging your remote control!
Finally (after you’ve reassembled the remote if disassembled), use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the whole remote; except for the battery area. You don’t want to get those springs wet at all!
If you’re feeling really ‘cleany’ dust your speakers and the cable using an electrostatic duster. Be sure to UNPLUG these items before cleaning.