How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

Part of my weekly house cleaning tasks includes cleaning all four of the flat screen televisions in our home. One mistake that I often see people make is that they’ll spray all-purpose cleaners or glass cleaners onto their TV screens and then wipe them clean. However, you never want to use those types of products which can damage your television screens, the electronics and leave residue streaking. YUCK!

How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

How to Clean a Flat Screen TV

When it comes to cleaning your Flat Screen TV’s all you need are the following supplies:

2 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
Spray Bottle

Combine 2 tbsp. of white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. The water should be cool to the touch…not hot or straight cold water. Shake up the bottle so that the vinegar is distributed from top to bottom.

Lightly mist one of your microfiber cleaning cloths with the solution and then wipe down the screen on your TV. Never spray the solution directly onto the surface as it can “seep” into the screen and run down into crevices which can damage the electronic components.

I find it best to wipe in straight up and down or across lines, not in a circular motion. Continue this pattern until the entire screen has been cleaned. Use this same cloth to wipe down the frame, without misting it again.

Use a clean and dry microfiber cloth to dry and to buff off any streaks. Don’t use old rags, towels and other type’s of cloths which can scratch and leave lint behind. I highly recommend that you ONLY use microfiber cleaning cloths for the job.

Additional Tips: After you’re done using your microfiber cloths, you can toss them into the washer and dryer for cleaning. When laundering them, wash them with “like” items and never use fabric softener or dryer sheets during the laundering process. I personally machine-wash and air dry mine.

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  1. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    Thank you for this information. Since I was worried about cleaning my flat screen I usually just used a microfiber cloth. Knowing that this vinegar solution is safe shal allow me to clean better.

  2. Cathy Jarolin says:

    Thank You for sharing this Great tip on cleaning Flat screen tv’s .. You gave me some information I didn’t know about. Next time I clean my 3 Flat TV screens I will use your method..I will purchase some micro fiber clothes too..

  3. I would use this method to clean my computer and phone screen.

  4. Tamra Phelps says:

    Thanks for this post! I’m always nervous about what I use to clean the TV screen. I’ve heard it is easier to damage newer models with cleaning products so I usually try to just use a dry cloth, but knowing I can use vinegar helps.

  5. ellen beck says:

    This a good article. I love usdng the microfiber cloths. I think they do a great job and dont harm electronics. Like you I air dry mine.

  6. gloria patterson says:

    Thank you I never would have thought about using vinegar. I have washed my windows with it before but I will be using this idea this weekend.

  7. Good tip on washing and air drying the microfiber cloths. Your tip about the spray bottle and vinegar and water sounds good too. I knew about using the cloths on tv and computer screens and bought a pack of 7 online, very cheap.