There’s no question that LED TVs are much better than the old TVs of yesteryear. These new TVs offer higher resolutions that can make it seem like you’re in a cinema when watching your favorite movies.
On the other hand, the LED screen attracts dust and gets fingerprints, just like the surfaces of your living room furniture. And you can’t just wipe it down like a piece of furniture either. You need to be more careful, or else you risk damaging the TV screen.
So here are the steps to follow when cleaning your LED TV screen:
- Keep the TV in a spot where there’s the least chance that it will get fingerprints and pet hair. You may as well minimize the cleaning you have to do, right?
- Shut it off and let it cool first. These slim TVs don’t really vent as much heat as the older TV boxes, but you still need to let them cool down first. That’s because it’s easier to dislodge any grubby mess on the surface of the TV when it’s cool. Also, doing so allows any lingering static electricity to dissipate, so that the dust doesn’t cling to the unit.
- Use a microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe down the TV. You can get this at low prices in any appliance store or grocery. What you must not use are the materials that you used to use for your CRT TV set—which include paper towels, crumpled newspaper, or even a kitchen sponge. The panel of the TV screen is very delicate, and using these things will just cause scratches.
- Avoid commercial cleaners marketed for LED TVs. Unless your TV manual explicitly states that a certain brand of cleaning kit is your best option, you’re better off just using the microfiber cleaning cloth and clean bottled water. Avoid commercial cleaners because they may contain harsh chemicals that could damage your screen. These cleaners may contain alcohol, ammonia, vinegar, or some other chemical that may end up messing with the color of your screen.
You can’t use regular tap water either, since it may contain certain minerals. These minerals may also streak your TV screen permanently.
- Don’t spray the water directly on the screen. Bad things can happen, such as accidentally getting some water into the inside of your TV. Spritz water on the cloth and gently use the damp part when wiping down the screen. Then use the dry part of the cloth to wipe down the water so you don’t end up with water spots or streaks.
Wash your microfiber cloth without fabric softener afterwards, and you’re good to go. Enjoy your nice TV screen without any distracting dirt spots to mar your viewing experience.