Boulder Carpet Cleaner, 80301, How to Clean a Flat Screen TV


How to Clean a Flat Screen TV.  Contributions from Ehow

Flat screen monitors and televisions, most of which are LCD (including LED-backlit LCD) displays, require special attention when cleaning.  Older CRT screens, the kind used in large "tube" monitors and TVs, are glass and can be cleaned in pretty much the same way as you would any other glass in your home or office.  Flat screen monitor and television displays, however, are much more sensitive and are easily scratched and damaged.  As a Boulder Carpet Cleaner, 80301, I’m seeing a lot of neglected LCD and LED TVs.

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Note: Plasma TVs are glass, as are many touch screens, but often also have very sensitive anti-glare coatings applied. I recommend taking the same special care with those types of displays. 

What you’ll need:

1)         Distilled water

2)         Either vinegar or Isopropyl alcohol

3)         Soft microfiber cloth

4)         Spray bottle

Here's How:

1.         Turn off the device. If the screen is dark, it will be easier to see the areas that are dirty or oily.  Let the screen cool off for at least 10 minutes.

2.         Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the screen. A great choice is microfiber type of cloth used to clean eyeglass lenses. A dry eraser works good too.

3.         If the dry cloth did not completely remove the dirt or oil, do not press harder in an attempt to scrub it off. Pushing directly on the screen can often cause pixels to burn out, especially on laptop displays, desktop monitors, and LCD/LED TV screens. This isn't so much an issue on screens designed to be touched, like phones and tablets, but be careful nonetheless.

4.         Before trying any cleaning solutions, try using the moisture in your breath.  Much like you would when cleaning eyeglasses, get uo close to the screen and breathe out on it quickly, leaving the fog from your breath on it.  Quickly rub at the smudge with the microfiber cloth in a circular motion.

5.         If your breath did not work, use your choice of a 50/50 solution of Vinegar and distilled water or Isopropyl alcohol and distilled water. Mix in spray bottle and spray thin film onto microfiber cloth.  Rub at smudges with low pressure in a circular motion.

6.         NEVER spray cleaner directly onto screen.  If moisture runs down the screen and seeps into bottom edge of screen, damage to your television could result. 

Detail work:

¨         For the sharp corners and edges around the screen, dip a cotton swab in a small amount of the alcohol and water solution you just created to dampen the cotton and then carefully clean the corners and edges of the screen with the cotton swab until all of the dust and dirt build up is removed.

¨         Then, gently go over the corners and edges of the screen again with a clean dry cotton swab to absorb any left over moisture that is still lingering around the edges and corners of the television screen.

¨         Finally, use a soft clean dry micro-fiber cloth to gently wipe down the speakers and control buttons on the LCD television.Now remember to dust and clean your large LCD television screen on a regular basis and you'll always have a brilliant picture to watch.   And keep your carpet in tip top shape by calling me, your Boulder Carpet Cleaner, 80301 at 303-530-0646.


Avoid using paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, or something like your shirt to wipe the screen. These non-ultrasoft materials can scratch the display.

Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. These chemicals can strip anti-glare coatings from the screen , which could permanently discolor the screen or cause other kinds of damage.  When in doubt, refer to the owner's manual that came with your TV to determine the dos and don'ts for your particular model.

And again...Never spray liquid directly on to any screen. It could run inside the device and cause damage.