Your flat-screen TV needs to be cleaned frequently to keep it free of dust and smudges. Since the screen is fragile, it’s essential to clean your TV correctly to protect it. There’s no need to purchase a cleaning kit — you’ve probably got everything you need at home! Join Kazoo Audio as we teach you how to clean a flat-screen TV properly.

Prep the Area

Before you begin, read through your TV’s owner’s manual if you’ve still got it. Some flat-screen TVs require specific cleaning methods, but if you don’t have yours, you can follow these steps. Most screens are made from the same materials and can be cleaned the same way.

Although you don’t have to, it’s wise to turn off your TV. That way, your TV can cool off, making cleaning easier. As a bonus, a dark screen will show smudges and debris much better, making cleaning easier.

Gently Clean the Screen

Always clean your TV screen with the cloth that came with it when you purchased it. You can use a dry microfiber cloth if your TV doesn’t come with a cleaning cloth. Never use a rag, tissue, or paper towel to clean the screen. Doing so can cause scratches on the surface of your TV screen.

Use your microfiber cloth to make sweeping circular motions across the screen. A soft touch is critical since pressing down too hard can cause pixels to burn out.

Got Stubborn Stains?

If stubborn streaks and stains don’t disappear, you may want to reach for Windex or another glass cleaner. Don’t! We never recommend harsh chemicals for TV screens. Instead, spray distilled water onto your cloth and gently wipe the stain away. You can use a solution containing one mild dish soap to 100 parts water if needed. Never spray water or any solution directly onto the screen. This can affect the electronics inside.

If you do choose to purchase a cleaning solution for your flat-screen TV, make sure it doesn’t contain any of the following harsh chemicals:

  • Acetone
  • Alcohol
  • Ammonia
  • Benzene

Luckily, most solutions marketed for flat-screen TVs are gentle and effective at keeping them clean.

Clean Your Remote Control While You’re at it

It may be more noticeable when your TV screen gets dirty, but invisible germs can also live on your remote. It’s a good idea to clean your remote control each time you wipe down your TV screen, especially since it’s relatively easy to do.

To clean your remote control, remove the batteries and mix a solution of water and alcohol. Dampen a soft cloth with your solution and wipe down the remote. You can also use cotton swabs to clean around buttons, and if necessary, grab a toothpick for hard-to-reach cracks and crevices.

If the buttons on your remote control are hard to push, it may be a sign that something’s stuck inside. Flip your remote upside down and gently tap it a few times, so it falls out easily.

When you’re finished cleaning your remote control, replace the batteries, and it’s good to go!

If you’re interested in learning more about how to clean a TV screen or have questions about flat-screen TVs, we’re here to help! Our experts can help you determine if it’s time to upgrade your current TV to get a newer flat screen with better quality and higher definition. Contact us at Kazoo Audio today for more information.

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