You might not even notice the slow accumulation of fine dust as it dutifully clogs your TV screen, dulling the colours and blurring the picture details until you give the TV a good clean and stand back and see the difference. It really is amazing.
Fingerprints and smudges are a little easier to spot than dust, however, it can just seem too hard or not worth the effort to get up and fix it, especially if you have just sat down on the lounge to watch your favourite show. Let me tell you it really is worthwhile giving your TV screen a once over everyday for great viewing, but also gives a great feel to your room.
I am really surprised about how much people appreciate knowing shortcuts and cleaning tips that actually work. When you are selling your home, setting up your brand new space, or even just for day-to-day living your whole room will look better, cleaner and more inviting if the details are attended to. It really is these small things that can have a lasting impact. Luckily, with the right knowhow you can knock these small items off the list quickly and move on with your day (or relax with your feet up in front of the telly) quickly and easily.
The biggest mistakes people make when cleaning their screen is the wrong cloth and the wrong liquid. Like all DIY projects you really need the right tools for the job so get the following before you get started.
It’s essential to have a lint-free microfiber cloth, like the ones used for laptop screens and eyeglasses. Sometimes your TV will come with a small square of cloth in the instruction manual bag.
If you don’t already have one, or you’d prefer a clean one just for your TV screen they are cheap to purchase from any TV or computer retailer or you can pop into an optometrist. A microfiber cloth won’t damage your screen with microscopic scratches like paper towel, cotton clothes and tissues can.
The other essential key is having the right cleaning agent. I’m actually going to recommend you use distilled water. Tap water (and even spring water and filtered water) is full of contaminants that are used to make the water healthier and also some that come in unintentionally through the air and pipe pollution.
These added chemicals don’t evaporate into the air like hydrogen and oxygen do. As your TV screen dries after a clean the chemical particles left over will leave a residue on the screen that can be a visual deterrent all by itself, attract dust particles or even damage your TV in the long run by eating into the screen film.
Any other cleaning product is too harsh for your screen, including window and glass cleaner so stick to the simplest and cleanest cleaning method you can find.
The cleanest water to use is distilled water. You can find it in the laundry isle of the supermarket. It’s the same water recommended for use in irons for the same reason, you don’t want to pour those nasty chemicals into your iron to have it corrode the foot or spit blotches of powdered calcium onto your best shirt.
If you use distilled water for your ironing you will already have some in your cupboard so all the better. On the plus side, if you didn’t previously top up your iron with distilled water you might want to purchase some for your TV and you might as well use the rest of the bottle the next time you iron your clothes.
Now that you have what you need it comes down to how to clean. Firstly switch your TV off before you clean and give it time to cool down, especially if it’s been on for a while. You can see dust and smudges better with the screen off and it’s also an easier clean if the screen isn’t warm.
With the screen off use your microfiber cloth to give both the screen and the frame a gentle dusting. When you get into the habit of cleaning your TV screen daily, this is all you need to do to keep things sparkling and bright.
If you do have finger marks or small smudges then it’s as simple as wrapping the same soft cloth around your index finger and giving the trouble spot a gentle rub.
If your screen is very dirty and has lots of finger marks and smudges then you want to go to the distilled water option.
It’s important to spray the cloth, not the screen directly. This is so you don’t get excess liquid running down into the insides of the unit. Keep the cloth spread flat over the palm of your hand and apply a light mist of water to the cloth. Moving the cloth in a flat circular motion over your screen and lightly rub until it is clear.
Stand back a little and check the screen from a few different angles to be sure it’s ready.
Make this part of your daily routine and this two-second job will give you a clear and rewarding picture every time.