How to clean your flat screen TVs or computer monitors

Unlike old CRT screens which are glass and could be cleaned with glass cleaner and a cloth, LCD panels are made with a type of plastic and need special treatment to preserve their best picture quality. The same proper care should be applied to plasma flat screens, as they are glass but often have very sensitive anti-glare coating applied.

Continue reading to learn more about the techniques to properly care for the flat screens on your TVs, monitors, tablets, laptops, and smartphones. Cleaning your flat screen displays is relatively easy and takes less than 5 minutes.

First, turn the device off to clearly see the areas with spots and dirt that have to be cleaned.

Use a microfiber cloth to gently wipe down the screen. Dry, soft cloths, such as those used for cleaning eyeglass lenses, are ideal for cleaning flat screens, because they leave no lint and no scratches. Do not press hard to remove grime or dirt that does not come off easily, as pushing can result in burning out pixels.

For cleaning the frame of the screen you can use the same microfiber cloth or any other duster, as the frame is less sensitive than the screen.

If there are any spots left on the screen surface, use a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and distilled water to dab a cloth in and carefully wipe the screen. Rub the spots in a circular motion. Use a second dry cloth to wipe the screen dry.


Anything abrasive, paper towels, or old shirts used for scrubbing can damage or leave scratches on your flat screen monitor and television display. So, you should avoid using those.

Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, toluene, as well as acetone or ethyl acetate, as those can damage or discolor the screen.

Do not dump or spray the cleaning solution directly on to the flat screen. It could end up damaging the screen permanently.

There are LCD screen cleaning solutions available for purchase at computer stores. But the water-vinegar solution is as effective, as they are.

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