How to Clean a Flatscreen TV, Avoid Damaging Your TV

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It’s the weekend, and what better way to spend it than binge-watching your favorite Netflix series? You’ve adjusted the brightness, contrast, and saturation to have a better view of what you’re watching, but you just can’t seem to find the right balance. Moving in closer, you find your TV screen is covered in dust and other gunk. You need to clean your TV fast before you lose another weekend. 

But how do you do it when it seems so fragile? How do you get to enjoy your flatscreen TV with no fingerprints, no streaks, or a single spec of dust? Read on to learn some cleaning tips and tricks on how to properly clean a flatscreen TV without causing any damage to it.

Cleaning Tips and Tricks for a Flatscreen TV

Yes, flatscreen TVs now are so fragile that you have to think twice before using a paper towel to clean a smudge. Before you begin, turn your TV off and unplug it before cleaning.  

Use a Microfiber Cloth

The best option would be to use the softest cloth you can find to wipe your TV screens, which is the microfiber cloth. It is gentle and soft enough to clean without scratching your flatscreens, and it is anti-static, too. If you see a spot and have the strong impulse to wipe it with a tissue, a paper towel, or the back of your shirt, please don’t, as they can scratch your flatscreen. Electronic wipes can be handy for spot cleaning, too.

Say No to Harsh Chemicals

If it says “window cleaner,” leave it for the windows. Avoid using cleaning solutions with alcohol, acetone, or ammonia. or any commercial cleaners. These cleaners contain chemicals that are known to cause damage to your TV screen, so better stick with a damp cloth and distilled water.

Clean the Remote Control and Other Accessories

Remote controls belong to the highly touched surfaces category, so you must regularly clean, sanitize and disinfect them.

Clean the TV Speakers 

If your flatscreen TV has built-in speakers, clean them up as well to get the best entertainment experience. Don’t wait for the sound to get muffled before wiping the dust away. Regular cleaning prolongs the lifespan of your appliances. 

Clean Your Flatscreen TV Weekly

Regularly cleaning your flatscreen TV will prevent the build-up of dust, prints, and other dirt that will be harder to remove with time. Use a vacuum on a low suction setting to remove dust and dirt on cable connections, vents, and ports. 

How to Do the Actual Cleaning

Whenever you buy something new like shoes, bags, etc., you may wonder how long you can use them. The same goes for your home appliances. If you want to maximize your money’s worth, you have to take care of them properly to prolong their lifespan. Here’s a step-by-step instruction on how to clean a flatscreen TV.

Check if the TV is turned off and Unplugged from the Outlet

You will see the dirt better on the dark screen, and you won’t risk getting electrocuted. It will also help to check the user manual for the brand’s recommended or approved way of cleaning the unit. This will help you keep the warranty in case the TV gets broken under the specified period. 

Use a dry microfiber cloth to clean the screen

Wipe like how you clean your reading glasses, with gentle circular motions. Never wipe hard, or you’ll risk damaging your TV. Whether it is mounted or not, you need to hold your TV for additional support so it doesn’t fall off. 

Slightly Dampen the Cloth, then Gently Clean the Flat Screen (For Stubborn Dirt) 

Never spray any liquid, even distilled water, directly on your TV screen. We don’t want any water or liquid to accidentally seep into the TV and damage it. If a lightly damp cloth doesn’t work, try using a very diluted dishwashing liquid to dampen the cloth. Very diluted is a 100:1 ratio of distilled water to dishwashing liquid. Go back and forth wiping the screen dry, checking for streaks that the damp cloth may have left behind. Never rub or scrub to avoid damaging your flatscreen. 

You may see some DIY screen cleaner solution recipe online that says a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and distilled water can be used to clean and sanitize your TV screens. Be careful with this, especially if your TV is just newly bought. Flatscreen TVs now come with “oleophobic coating” that makes your TV resistant to fingerprints. Cleaning it with something acidic like vinegar, even in diluted form, might cause damage and strip this coating off. 

Clean the Speakers and Other Accessories 

If your speakers have removable covers, you can vacuum them to remove all the dust that has accumulated. If the cover is fixed, vacuum it still and wipe it with a soft cloth. Nice audio will go well with a beautiful, clean and clear flatscreen. 

Remote Control Should Also Be Cleaned to Prevent the Spread of Germs 

Check your remote control and remove the batteries. Gently tap the remote on your palm, face down, to force out trapped dirt in between buttons. Spray some water-diluted alcohol on a soft cloth, just enough for it to be slightly damp. Wipe the remote to clean and sanitize it. Use some cotton buds dampened with the same water-diluted alcohol to clean around the buttons. For deeply trapped dirt, remove them using an old, dry toothbrush or a toothpick. Give the remote another wipe, then put the batteries back before use.

Have doubts if what you’re doing is right? If you’re afraid of losing the warranty of your flatscreen TV, don’t hesitate to call nearby brand service centers and have them clean and maintain your TV for you.

Call Helping Hands for Your Other Cleaning Requirements 

We understand if you don’t have enough time for cleaning. We will do the hard work for you. At Helping Hands Cleaning Services, we provide outstanding cleaning services. Our professional cleaning experience has earned us the trust of our clients. 

With our years of service, you’ll be in good hands. Call us today!

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