Tackling this task for Wednesday in the Weekly Household Planner:
Clean TV screens
Now, this task seems like it would be rather easy to accomplish, but in today’s age with so many different types of televisions it actually can get confusing. Believe it or not, we still have “old fashioned” TV’s in our home, for the most part. Big huge boxes with glass screens! We did get a small flat screen for our treadmill, but otherwise we are still in the dark ages!
I found some great tips for cleaning TV screens over on a website called Techlore, so find yours in the list and take note.
Direct-View CRT TV (the old fashioned model!)
Older direct view TV’s are typically best cleaned with simple glass cleaner and a paper towel, avoid harsh chemicals. Spray your cleaner into a paper towel or soft cloth and wipe the front of the screen. Never spray directly onto the screen as it could drip into cracks and damage your TV. If your TV has an anti-glare coating or similar you will want to avoid glass cleaner and just use water.
CRT, DLP, or LCD Rear-Projection TV
You will need to determine if your rear-projection TV does or does not have a screen shield installed. A screen shield is a hard plastic cover over the front of the actual screen itself.
To clean a TV with a screen shield, a dry, lint-free cloth will often take care of any fingerprints and dust on the shield surface., or you could use a slightly dampen cloth with water and clean the entire screen. NEVER use a paper towel, which can leave tiny scratches all over the surface. Also, no chemical cleaners.
Rear projection TVs without a screen shield require very delicate cleaning practices, usually involving a specialized cleaning product. If you have this type of television, I am sure you would be aware of it.
Plasma TV screens are safe to clean with a lint-free or microfiber cloth. A slightly damp cloth with a very tiny amount of liquid dish soap (not detergent) can clean just about any amount of grime from the front of the TV. When finished, dry the front of the screen to remove any streaks if necessary.
NEVER use heavy cleaning agents with abrasives, which can strip special coatings and heavily scratch the screen surface. Do not use paper products, like paper towels, because these can also scratch the front of the TV.
LCD Flat Panel Displays and Televisions
How you clean LCD displays, like rear-projection TVs above, will depend on whether or not the LCD display contains a matte or glossy finish.
To clean LCD screens with glossy fronts, it’s generally okay to follow the same directions as cleaning Plasma TVs.
LCD displays with a matte finish can easily be stained or damaged if you are not careful. For the most part you should use only a specialized flat screen cleaning product and a microfiber cloth. Dry cloths never seem to get the fingerprints off adequately, and it’s just too easy to stain or streak the screen with other methods. When cleaning, do not press hard on the screen. Doing so could cause damage to the display itself.
For more information and details on cleaning the screens in your home, check out Techlore.
What is your best method for cleaning TV screens?
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