What Should You Use to Clean a Plasma TV Screen?

Cleaning a plasma television screen involves several products; however, before choosing any cleaners for use on your screen it is vital that you consult its user manual first.

Starting off by dusting with a soft lint-free cloth will remove dust. Paper towels, tissues or rags may scratch your screen so avoid using these materials for this task.

1. Distilled water

As soon as you begin cleaning a plasma TV screen, the first step should be removing all dust or dirt particles with damp microfiber cloth or cotton ball that has been dampened with distilled water. Never spray directly onto the display; doing so could damage it and create an unsightly haze effect instead spritz it on dampened cloth so that it becomes damp without dripping onto screen directly.

If your monitor contains spots or stains that refuse to leave after using the microfiber cloth, lightly moisten another microfiber cloth with distilled water and try again. Avoid applying too much force when wiping; doing so could damage the screen and result in cracks or breakages. If none of your attempts succeeds in clearing away the stain after several attempts, add some soapy water into the mix and continue trying.

Misting a specially-formulated screen cleaner on your microfiber cloth may also work. Specialized screen cleaning solutions for electronic screens can often be found at stores selling computer and electronics equipment; simply look for solutions which are alcohol-free to be safe to use on your screen.

Vinegar is another natural solution to consider for cleaning a plasma TV screen, acting both as degreaser and disinfectant, not to mention easily available and affordable. Use straight vinegar, or combine it with distilled water in a spray bottle in a ratio of 1:1 (one part vinegar to 100 parts of distilled water).

However, for optimal cleaning results it’s ideal to use distilled rather than tap water, to eliminate any minerals present that could scratch your plasma TV screen. Distilled water can be purchased for under PS5 per litre from most grocery stores or online. Alternatively, filtered water that has had most impurities removed works just as effectively for plasma TV screen cleaning as well if you don’t have access to either type.

2. Microfiber cloth

Many new TVs include a microfiber cloth designed specifically to use when cleaning. Not only is it far gentler than paper towels, it is also more effective at eliminating smudges and streaks from surfaces than regular paper towels can be. You can easily find similar cloths at stores for less than those costly kits with their own wipes.

Before beginning cleaning, unplug and switch off your television set. Doing this is safer for both yourself and electronics, while it allows the screen to cool down more rapidly – plus, it makes it easier to detect any smudges or marks remaining on its screen.

Do not use paper towels, toilet tissue or an old t-shirt as your cleaning cloth for modern plasma TV screens – such materials are too coarse and could scratch their delicate surface and lead to blurry images or permanent damage of the screen.

If your TV remains covered with stubborn smudges or marks after using your microfiber cloth to gently wipe it clean, try applying some mild dish soap diluted slightly – only use this method if your television manufacturer suggests it and follow their guidelines as to how dilute the soap should be. Be sure to apply it via cloth rather than directly onto the screen.

Regular microfiber cloth cleaning should remove most dirt and marks on a plasma TV screen, though for tougher marks you may require other strategies (see below).

If your screen remains stained despite using a dry microfiber cloth, try dampening the cloth with distilled water instead. Avoid spraying directly onto the screen as this could create an unexpected burst of moisture that could potentially harm electronics inside. Instead, mist a small amount onto the cloth before wiping across it across your screen with very minimal pressure – repeat as necessary if stains persist.

3. Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is a versatile household product that serves multiple functions. As an antibacterial, disinfectant and cleaner it removes stubborn, sticky messes while leaving screens looking as good as new. Full strength may be too harsh on plasma screens; thus it is best used diluted. A mixture of one part isopropyl alcohol to four parts distilled water can work well; screen cleaners formulated from isopropyl alcohol can often be found at computer supply or electronics stores and misted directly onto screens or used with cloth to wipe clean surfaces – both techniques work quickly while leaving no residue behind.

Before beginning to clean your TV screen, it is advisable to first turn it off and unplug it to reduce any risk of accidentally flooding internal components with water droplets or accidentally hard-rubbing with towels causing scratches on its screen. Furthermore, it would be prudent to leave it unplugged until after you have finished cleaning and ensured the screen is completely dry.

Start with a microfiber cloth that’s clean and dry before gently wiping the screen in circles. If any smudges or streaks remain, wet another clean lint-free cloth with your cleaning solution (you could make your own by mixing white vinegar and distilled water), misting lightly so that it remains damp but not saturated – never spray directly onto the screen as this may cause fogging as well as damage internal components of your unit.

If you want a hassle-free way of cleaning LCD and plasma screens, try investing in a commercially prepared cleaning spray specifically tailored for LCD/plasma screen cleaning. Most commercial options contain water, isopropyl alcohol and other solvents which evaporate quickly without leaving streaks; in addition, some come equipped with gentle detergents which help dislodge any debris stuck within the pixel grids.

At all times, ensure the television screen is turned off and cooled before applying light pressure to wipe it clean. Paper towels, Kleenex tissues or coarse shop cloths can scratch a plasma screen; instead opt for a microfiber cleaning cloth such as the one included with your television set or designed specifically to clean eyeglasses or camera lenses as these are lint-free cloths designed specifically to wipe plasma displays clean.

4. Dish soap

Electronics and housecleaning experts generally agree that light dusting with a microfiber cloth should suffice to keep your television screen looking its best. Smudges, fingerprints, or streaks may be removed with just this one cloth if applicable; but for stubborn marks or streaks it is often necessary to take more drastic measures. Avoid harsh cleaners like abrasive sponges or paper towels as well as cleaners containing ammonia or alcohol as these could scratch up the surface of your screen while stripping its antiglare coating that ultimately leads to lower picture quality overall.

Mist your formulated cleaning spray onto a microfiber cloth (or use your own homemade solution). Avoid spraying directly onto the screen as moisture may leak behind its seal and cause shorts or corrosion of internal components. There are cleaning solutions designed specifically for plasma screens available at most hardware or electronic stores; alternatively you could mix mild dish soap and distilled water together at approximately 10:1 ratio for use as cleaning solutions applied directly onto the screen can damage it permanently. Techwalla recommends applying cleaning solutions only onto cloth cloth, never directly onto screen itself.

With solution on your cloth, gently wipe away any remaining smudges or streaks from your screen using minimal pressure – hard presses could damage its fragile material! Once finished, dampen another microfiber cloth with water to wash away any soapy residue and dry the screen completely.

After your TV is clean, turn it off and allow its screen to dry fully before rebooting it. Most experts, from electronics gurus to housecleaning professionals, advise weekly cleaning of plasma screens; but be wary when using any solution or cleaning products – always turn your TV off first, spray cleaner directly onto screen, don’t spray cleaner directly onto it (this could shock internal components and render it out of commission), use microfiber cloth instead of paper towels/tissues which contain fibers which could scratch it!