Tuesday, September 4, 2012

How to Clean a HDTV Screen

Keep your HDTV screen clean by banning children and idiots with grody, wandering hands from your house. If this isn't possible, you've got to bring out the big guns: distilled water and rubbing alcohol.

Rubbing alcohol, blue screen cleaning microfiber cloth, and a green general purpose microfiber cloth.

Rubbing alcohol dries fast and is great at breaking down gummy stuff. Use distilled water to dilute the alcohol instead of tap water so that there is no risk of chemicals or minerals in the tap water damaging your television screen. (If you have soft water, filtered water may be okay.) Please also use two clean, dust-free microfiber cloths. There are cloths made specifically for cleaning screens and glass, but I've noticed that the general purpose microfiber cloths work well too.
  1. Turn off the TV and let it cool.
  2. Mix a solution of half water and half alcohol in a small bowl.
  3. Dip microfiber cloth into the solution. Don't drench it. Squeeze out any excess liquid.
  4. Wipe your tv screen with wet cloth.
  5. Wipe screen dry with another microfiber cloth.
NEVER clean an HDTV screen with
  • glass cleaner
  • anything sprayed directly on the screen
  • baby wipes
  • disinfecting wipes
  • Swiffer duster
  • a rough wash cloth or dish rag

You can keep the screen of your television clean by dusting it everyday (or so) with a clean microfiber cloth. One might have come with your HDTV, otherwise you can easily pick one up in my Amazon shop (wink, wink) and most well-stocked drug stores.

Use this technique to clean an iPhone screen, laptop screen, computer monitor, iPad screen, or any other LCD screen. 

Resource: HD Nation. (Men cleaning = Hotness!)

Update/ Caution: Turns out rubbing alcohol isn't non toxic. Bummer! A little water and a microfiber cloth made for screens should do the trick in most circumstances though.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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