September 21st, 2:20 pm

TV: How to clean and maintain it


LCD, LED, OLED or Plasma technology, be that a flat television or monitor panel are in demand due to the quality of the transmitted image. But no matter how carefully we relate to technology, sooner or later on one can avoid pollution on TV screens. It can be fingerprints, dust or other dirt. Some people do not adhere to the rules of caring for digital technology, which in time can lead to irreversible visual defects. For example, loss of color saturation. Here we will go over in detail about how to wipe TV or computer monitor panels. We will find out the most popular cleaning methods, and figure out what means are strictly forbidden.

It should be remembered that improper care of the TV will ultimately lead to scratches, glare flickering and all kinds of sports on the screen, that can make uncomfortable wiving. A TV panel is also an electronic appliance and like any other electrical device accumulates static. Even in most looked after, dust free areas it will absorb tiny dust particle in the air and in extensive period of time will form a gray coating that will lead to noticeable sports on the screen that also affects image quality. If you’re planning obtaining a flat screen TV, or already an owner, then you should get acquainted with the ways to care for it.

Popular methods to clean your TV screen.

The screens of a plasma or LCD panel consist of several layers and are very sensitive to aggressive detergents. That is why manufacturers recommend using special tools to clean the screen:

  • Wipes saturated with special compounds are well suited for cleaning TV screens. They effectively eliminate most of contaminants, do not contain alcohol and abrasive substances, eliminate static electricity and can be used for all types of TV surfaces. To avoid stain appearance, you can use a napkin twice: wipe the screen with a damp cloth, and then slightly dry.
  • A set of wet and dry wipes is an effective cleaning option, they have an anti static effect. A wet wipe removes all kinds of contaminants, while a dry wipe absorbs residual moisture and prevents stains from appearing on the screen.
  • Soft dry wipes without lint – they are used to remove dust from the screen. To remove other types of contamination, it is necessary to apply special cleaning products (gels, aerosols) onto the wipes.
  • Microfiber wipes – remove dust, stains and greasy stains. To combat more complex contaminants, the napkin should be moistened with a special cleaning solution or just water. Microfiber material absorbs moisture well and leaves no scratches or scuffs.
  • Gels, foams, aerosols – the specialized composition of these products can easily cope with dirt and stains. Use only by applying directly to a lint-free cloth, microfiber cloth or soft cloth.
  • Equipment care kits – consist of a bottle with a cleaning agent, a microfiber cloth, an anti static brush, user instruction and sometimes additional nozzles and accessories for ease of use.

All these means are in different price categories and everyone can choose the tool according to their budget. However, it happens to be that TV owners tend to save and do not purchase specially-designed cleaning materials and in fact try to clean their panels with just soap and water, or some vinegar solutions (the internet is full of these often hazardous tips). Many manufacturers strongly DO NOT recommend this! Televisions are expensive and usually purchased for a long period of exploitation. So saving a few dollars on screen care products is not worth it.

Methods that should be avoided

Irreparable harm to the LCD panel can caused by acetone, ammonia, ethyl chloride, dyes, gasoline, abrasive cleaners or any other strong solvents. Do not be surprised! Although not often, there are people who use it in practice. Do not use the following products to clean your TV screen:

  • Alcohol and alcohol-containing products – they can easily dissolve a thin anti-reflective coating applied to the screen and you will get a TV screen covered with small cracks. Washing powder and soda – can scratch the fragile surface of the screen.
  • Cleaners designed for window washing, dishes or glass doors in bathrooms – the acetone included in these products adversely affects the coating of the TV screen.
  • Paper towels and napkins – contain in them rough wood particles that leave tiny scratches on the screen.
  • Wet sanitary napkins – can contain chlorox that can also be harmful to TV surface. They will leave stains that in time can be difficult getting rid of.

General screen care recommendation

To safely and efficiently clean your TV panel, we recommend that take into consideration the following rules:

  • Before cleaning, be sure to unplug the TV from the outlet, this is a safety precaution. That also makes it easier to see stains while the TV is in the off state.
  • Use a soft, lint-free cloth to remove dust.
  • Use recommended, specially designed means for TV or computer monitor panels. Be sure to read instructions that come with a cleaning product.
  • Do not apply physical force while wiping the screen, avoid contact with nails or hard objects. The screen panel is very fragile and can easily be damaged.
  • Do not spray directly onto screen surface. Use a microfiber cloth of soft, lint-free cloth for this. The cloth should be wet but not soaked. Again, address user instructions for a specific product.
  • Make sure the room is well lit. This will make better tracking the sports.
  • Do not turn on the TV until the screen is dry.

Do not forget to look after the TV back panel as well as speakers. Wipe it regularly with a soft cloth, you can use a mild cleaners to remove dust. You should wipe your TV screen every 3-4 weeks to avoid dust accumulation on the surface.

Now you know how to wipe your expensive television screen. Remember that regular and proper care is the key to its long service.

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