Don’t let a dirty flat-screen steal the show! Read this post to find out how to safely clean your flat screen tv so that you can get back to the regularly scheduled program. What to do, what not to do and everything in between.
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What the heck is THAT on the tv? Unfortunately, once you’ve seen *it* you can’t unsee it. So what’s the best way to clean your tv – and be sure you’re not left with buzz-killing streaks? Or lint. No matter what kind of TV you have, scroll through this post and how to clean your flat screen tv in a way that works for you – and uhhh, doesn’t void your warranty.
There’s nothing worse than going to clean something and it actually looking worse than when you started. So before you find out how to actually clean your tv (explained in the collection of paragraphs below this one), I want to spill the tea on the secret to a streak-free tv. Hint: It’s not about your products.
A flawless finish lies in your technique. Take a deep breath grasshopper. It’s time to channel your inner Karate Kid.
Whether you’re team green or simply praying that you have something under the kitchen sink that can double as a tv screen cleaner, if you’ve got the mighty V-warrior – the street name for vinegar – you’re in luck!
According to Shifrah Combiths over TheKitchn, while old school televisions were made with glass screens that could be cleaned with anything that made glass streak-free, using harsh chemicals on LCD screens can cause permanent damage because they’re made from a special kind of flexible plastic.
Plasma TV screens, though they’re made of glass, are also delicate. Using a scratchy rag or even a paper towel can also scratch these screens.
We used three microfiber cloths here to show the three main stages, but you really just need two. Use the first one to dust the screen, then rinse it and wring it out and use that same one to dip into the solution. Then, just used a second one to buff and dry the screen at the end.
Plasma screens, while made of glass, have anti-glare coatings that can be damaged by traditional cleaning products. It’s best to follow the same dry cleaning methods you’d use for cleaning LED, LCD and OLED TVs.
Dust the tv screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth. Spot-clean stubborn smudges with a pre-moistened wipe designed for electronics. With your microfiber cloth, go over buttons and the back of the TV to nab dust in the vents.
Use any type of wet cleaning methods involving spraying the surface directly.
More delicate LCD, plasma or rear-projection screens can’t handle traditional wet cleaning.
Talk about a relic from the past. When I see a box tv it takes me straight back to my Nintendo and Saturday mornings framed with a bowl of fruit loops and Darkwing Duck! With that being said, if you’re still pushing a box tv, it is a total act of rebellion at this point. But whatever the reason you’ve got one plugged up, these bad boys don’t need much special attention.
Wipe them with a microfiber cleaning cloth dampened with a little water – just the corner of the towel – or with your favorite window cleaning spray. For tough, stuck-on bits, let your fingernail do the work. As a finishing touch, use the dry side of the towel to buff the screen.
Never (I repeat, never!) spray the screen directly. Doing so could damage the set, as well as any surrounding cabinetry.
Regardless of what you have on hand, you only need a little bit of it to give old Betsy a nice shine.
How often do you look at the remote control? And no, I’m not asking how often do you lose your remote. Seriously, using a remote is an eyes-off adventure thanks to muscle memory. This means you may have a serious yuck fest in the palm of your hand and not even notice. So let’s give the remote some love while we’re taking care of the TV.
First things first, take the batteries out. Then loosely wrap the remote in a towel and lightly tap it, button side down, on a table to dislodge any loose crumbs or debris stuck in the crevices. Tap from a few different angles.
Grab a barely damp towel or a pre-moistened wipe (to get that sticky off) and give the remote a good wipe down. Good ol’ baby wipes will work fabulously for this one.
Pop the batteries back in. Get back to Netlflix.
Bathe the remote in water or spray it with any products.
Look at the remote.
The spaces around the buttons can become a situation. Use a bobby pin, safety pin or even a toothpick, wrapped in a thin tissue, to easily flick out the gross.
What’s a tv without it’s speakers. Act like you care and be sure to clean the speakers when you dust your home or whenever you spruce the tv up a bit.
A vacuum cleaner (the wand) or
Scotch-Brite lint roller (with 3 small kids, a lint roller is seriously one of my top 5 must-have cleaning tools)
If the fabric covers on your speakers are removable:
If the covers can’t be removed:
For rigid, screen-like speaker covers:
Make cleaning your tv a regular thing even if for no reason but to make it easier to keep it clean. A wipe today equals one less wipe tomorrow, or some proverbial wisdom along those lines.
Depending on your current living situation – aka kids with grimy paws or pets that sneeze on the tv unapologetically or a mix of both – you’re going to want to clean your TV every 7 days to keep crud like phlegm, food, fingerprints and dust from building up and becoming harder to remove.
In the mood for some more cleaning? If you’ve got a Keurig, you’re going to want to read this super guide called How To Clean Your Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker. You’ll learn exactly how to keep your machine running smoothly so you never have to experience life without her:-).
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