How to clean your TV screen

Regardless of whether or not you own the latest 8K TV flat-screen or an ancient CRT television, it can be a target for dust. Dust and debris can affect the quality of your picture, but if you aren’t careful, you could end up causing permanent damage when you try to clean it.

There’s no reason to shell out big bucks on cleaning supplies, and we’ve highlighted an affordable but effective way to clean your TV screen below.

What you’ll need

Cleaning the display

The first thing you’ll want to do is turn off your television and make sure it has a chance to cool down. Wait until it’s no longer warm before proceeding with the following steps. Failure to do so could cause some damage.

When it is cool to the touch, dust the screen to remove any dirt particles, then wipe it over with your soft, lint-free cloth to remove any residual dust. If you can’t see any visible smudges after you’re done dusting, stop here.

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If your screen is still covered in muck, it’s time to make up your batch of cleaning solution.

First, mix the isopropyl alcohol with water using a measuring cup, ensuring the solution is equal parts water and alcohol. If you don’t have a measuring cup, try using a shot glass to measure quantities before mixing. In any case, just make sure you’re not overdoing it with the alcohol — the resulting solution shouldn’t be more than half alcohol or it could tarnish the display.

Next, dip your cloth into your freshly mixed solution and wring it out to remove excess moisture. You want the cleaning cloth to be damp, but not wet. Afterward, gently wipe the damp cloth across your display. Finally, use the second lint-free cloth to dry your display. Don’t leave any moisture on it — you’ll want it to be completely dry before turning the TV back on.

Additional tips

  • If your TV’s bezel makes it difficult to clean the corners and near the edges of the display, use a Q-tip dampened with your solution to get to the hard-to-reach areas.
  • Make sure you’re using the right chemical. Don’t use ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, ammonia, or methyl chloride — only isopropyl alcohol.
  • Always use a clean cloth, as hard particles can get trapped in cloth fibers and leave unwanted scratches.
  • Ensure your cleaning cloth is damp, not wet. You don’t want drops running down your display with each wipe.
  • Do not use Windex or other glass cleaners! Such solutions generally contain ammonia and will hurt your TV screen.
  • Do not use paper towels; they leave behind tiny bits of paper that can mess up your display.

Now that your TV is like new, why not give your earbuds a cleaning?

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