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How to clean your flat-screen TV

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Older television models had thick glass which could easily be cleaned with window cleaner and a paper towel. Not so with an LED or plasma screen TV. The LED panel is very sensitive and if you apply cleaners with chemicals in them, you may end up with a blank flat screen. Even using ordinary kitchen towels or paper towels may scratch the screen and leave lint.

Follow the tips given below to safely clean your flat-screen TV and eliminate dust, dirt and grime.

  • Before you begin, be sure to turn off your set and unplug it from the wall. Allow it to cool down otherwise you will have evaporation issues that will leave streaks. Unplug any auxiliary devices, like DVD players and cable boxes too. Leave these items unplugged until you finish cleaning and the screen is completely dry to minimize risk of injury or property damage.
  • Turning off the TV will also enable you to see dirt, dust, and grime better since you are working with a dark surface.
  • Gently buff fingerprints and dust off the screen with a damp microfibre cloth. These soft, dry cloths are the same type of cloth you would use to clean eyeglasses. They are perfect for LED screens because they don’t leave lint. Don’t press hard on the screen if the dirt or grime does not immediately come off.
  • Don’t spray water or an LED screen cleaning solution directly on the screen. Don’t use multipurpose cleaners or anything containing bleach or ammonia, and don’t use anything sharp or pointy.
  • Since the hard plastic frame is less sensitive than the screen itself, use the microfibre cloth or a duster to wipe it off.
  • Clean remote control with a soft damp cloth.
  • Your TV manufacturer may have additional care instructions, so check your manual for more details.
  • If you have a large scratch that is covered by your warranty, your best option may be to exchange the TV for a new one.
  • If you have smaller scratches the safest way to clean them is to use a scratch repair kit which is available for purchase where TVs are sold. 

Sources: www.choice.com.au, www.cnet.com, www.wikihow.com,home.howstuffworks.com

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