Chances are, you’ve had an old-school Cathode-ray tube (CRT) television and you have cleaned it a couple of times. These types of television have glass surfaces and cleaning them is pretty much the same with cleaning other glass objects in your home.
LCD or LED screen monitors are a completely different matter and require special care during cleanup. Below, Nino’s Trading Company shares some tips on how to take care of your TV’s in this short care and cleaning guide.
1. Make sure that your television is turned off. This is to make sure that you don’t disrupt its electrical processes. Besides, it’s easier to see the dirt on your screen when the screen is all black.
2. The best cloth to use would be microfiber cloth, but if that’s not readily available, you can also use any cloth that is soft and dry. Wipe the screen very gently. If you have dirt that’s hard to remove, do not scrub too hard. Use a small amount of distilled water and scrub it slowly and gently.
3. You can use multipurpose cleaners to wipe off dirt from the plastic covering that surrounds the screen, but be careful not to get any on the screen itself.
4. Do not use toilet paper, paper towels or old cotton shirts to wipe your TV screen. They may appear soft to the touch, but microscopically speaking, they are not and may cause scratches on the surface.
5. Stay clear of products that contain ammonia or acetone. They will cause permanent discoloration by reacting with the liquid crystal display. Furthermore, do not use any liquids on the screen itself.
Your LCD and LED TV is categorized under sensitive appliances. Proper care must be used in order to avoid any problems in the future. Keep your television off or on screensaver mode when not in use and avoid disassembling it without reason. This may void the warranty and cause a bigger problem than an unclean screen.
Finally, if you want to get rid of your TV, a little research about community and city laws on proper electronic product disposal. The product contains a small amount of mercury, so you must be careful when handling old LCD TV’s.