Q: Worst Ways to Clean Your TV

YesBoss
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1. Windex: I was nervous about using anything with ammonia, but it didn't seem to do any damage. On the other hand, it left a streaky residue. Just like when you clean your windows, the product isn't perfect.2. Alcohol and Water: I like the idea of alcohol, because it should evaporate without leaving a mark. And in fact, the results were pretty good — at least with a soft rag. So next, I took the opportunity to test the same cleaner with a different cloth…3. Alcohol and Water and Paper Towel: Disaster! Not only did the paper towel shed fibers on the screen, it streaked the screen so badly, I thought I might have permanently scratched it. Sure, some TV glass is more durable than others, but a scratched screen is something you definitely don't want to risk.4.  Furniture Polish: This is not something I would have ever tried had I not read it on line… And sure enough — the result was major streaks along with a cloudy residue.5. Water and Vinegar: At first, this didn't seem to cut the grease, but once I buffed it out, this combo really worked. For a low-budget solution a product you might already have on hand, this does an admirable job.6. Antistatic Cleaning Wipes: These come pre-moistened and are supposedly formulated specifically for cleaning TVs and electronics screens. Yeah, well, maybe they're designed just to deal with the dust that is naturally attracted to electronic screens, and their makers didn't foresee cream cheese. That could excuse the major streaks that remained after trying these wipes, but it doesn't excuse the hairy particles the cloth itself left behind.7. Screen Guard and Microfiber: Of all the solutions I tried, Screen Guard was the most expensive; at $20, it's more than twice as pricey as the antistatic wipes — which may make many shy away. But the result? Perfection. No residue, no streaks, no fibers. In fact, after the test, I used this method to clean the entire screen of the mess left by all the other contenders. Bottom line: if you've spent hundreds or thousands on a TV, $20 on the right cleaner seems like a smart investment.

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YesBoss posted Sep 22, 2012
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rd995
i use a GE lcd/plasma tv screen cleaning system comes with microfiber cloth cleaning spray and a little soft brush it seems to do the job we use it not only on the tv but phones, tablets and computer screen. target sells it for $9.99 but you can always find it in discounted stores for about $4 and it last a long time
rd995 (rep: 106k) posted Sep 22, 2012
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kffight3r
i let the maid do it
kffight3r (rep: 712) posted Sep 23, 2012
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Acidbaby
Optical grade lense cleaner (from Nikon, Canon, etc), Stoner Invisible glass (can be bought at most any department or grocery store), or DISTILLED water and alcohol at about a 70/30 mix. Tap water contains minerals that will leave deposits hence the streaking.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Sep 23, 2012
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Acidbaby
BTW you should never use a paper towel, it doesnt matter the type of cleaner. The fibers in a paper towel are abrasive and can scratch clear coat, paint, plastic, etc.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Sep 23, 2012
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krmills1
We purchased a gel type cleaner and a micro fiber cloth kit when we got our new TV and it does quite well. You don't wanna use any spray liquid that runs down the screen and can get into the electronics.
krmills1 (rep: 14.2k) posted Sep 23, 2012
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MdavidK30
What about a screen on a laptop???
MdavidK30 (rep: 3.56k) posted Sep 23, 2012
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Acidbaby
You can clean it with almost anything other than an item containing ammonia. Like krmills said dont EVER spray on your screen. Spray on your cloth and wipe it. Any of those items I mentioned are fine for a laptop screen.
Acidbaby (rep: 6.83k) posted Sep 23, 2012
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bbattag
A simple microfiber cloth works for the dust. Other than the dust, I don;'t have to clean my tv very often
bbattag (rep: 6.76k) posted Sep 24, 2012
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