How To Clean Plasma TV Screen
Given the prices of most flat-screen televisions, it is essential to learn how to clean a plasma TV screen. The plasma TV screen is designed to provide viewers with incredible high-definition displays. However, most plasma screens are also susceptible to smudges, grime and dust buildup. If left uncleaned, this accumulation of dirt will result in a gradual deterioration of your television's viewing quality.
To properly clean your plasma TV screen, you will need:
- Air Duster or Dusting Tool
- Cleaning Cloth
- Cleaning Solution
- Plasma TV Instruction Manual
- Read the instruction manual. Most major manufacturers of plasma televisions will indicate how to clean their devices. Take note of any cleaning materials and brands they recommend.
- Unplug or turn off your plasma. Powering down the unit is recommended for your own safety. Since you will be using cleaning solutions, it is always wise to remember that electricity and liquids do not mix.
- Allow your television to cool down. A plasma television generates a considerable amount of heat. Giving your television time to cool down not only allows you to clean your television more comfortably, it also prevents any cleaning solution you may use from evaporating too quickly.
- Use your duster. Whether you opt to use a traditional dusting tool or an air duster, start working from the top and work your way down. Do not forget the back of your plasma television.
- Use your cleaning cloth. Choose a very soft piece of cloth such as a cotton handkerchief or a material specifically designed for the job. Do not use toilet paper, tissue paper or paper towels. These are made from wood fibers which will damage a plasma TV screen. When cleaning the screen use a gentle wiping motion. Do not press too hard as it may damage the pixel display of your TV. Remember to also wipe down the other parts of your television.
- Use your cleaning solution. Even after a through cleaning, stubborn grime or smudges may remain. Use a cleaning solution that is gentle but effective. Avoid liquids and solutions that contain acetone, ammonia, ethyl alcohol, ethyl acid, toluene or methyl chloride. These substances are much too strong and are sure to damage your plasma TV screen. Specially made cleaning solutions are available in the market. You can also choose to mix equal parts of vinegar and distilled water. Do not apply the solution directly on the plasma screen. Instead, place it on your cleaning material before wiping the screen down.
- Allow your plasma television to sit for a while before using it again. In the off-chance there is some moisture remaining on your TV, a ten to fifteen minute break will allow excess moisture to evaporate.