Seeing the Clearer Picture – How to Clean a TV Screen

Dust and fingerprints can really ruin your movie night enjoyment, but cleaning a TV screen isn’t as simple as cleaning the windows. There’s are a whole lot of cables and electrical components hiding behind the screen itself, and if any liquid is allowed to breach the seals, it can ruin the TV.

Cleaning a TV screen follows the same principles as cleaning the screen of your laptop, so why not do both at the same time?

The truth is, no one likes getting a new ultra-cool high-performance TV with all the features they always wanted, only for the viewing experience to be spoiled by dust, dirt, and fingerprints.

So here’s what you’ll need:

  • Several clean dry lint-free cloths
  • Distilled water
  • Vinegar
  • Spray bottle

The method:

  1. Mix up a solution of distilled water and vinegar. The 50/50 liquid should be poured into the spray bottle and given a good shake to thoroughly mix the contents
  2. Unplug the TV from the wall socket and remove any periphery devices
  3. With a clean dry cloth, gently wipe over the TV screen to remove any loose debris and dust. Make sure you get into the corners
  4. Spray the distilled water/vinegar mix onto another cloth, being careful not to soak it
  5. Using a circular motion which minimizes smears and doesn’t put too much pressure on the pixels, gently wipe over the screen
  6. If any stubborn smears remain, use a drop of neat vinegar
  7. Allow to dry
  8. Gently polish the surface – again using circular movements, with another clean, dry cloth.

There you go – one beautifully streak-free screen ready for the perfect movie night.

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