To ensure picture quality and preserve the durability of TV and PC screens, periodic cleaning is required. Indeed, it is common to find dust, liquid stains, food, or fingerprints on their surface. Here are some tips for cleaning them properly.
Unplug before cleaning
To get rid of smudges and dust on the screen, it is recommended to turn off the television or computer. This precaution will prevent the risk of a short circuit; if the screen is cleaned while hot, streaks will remain and cause pixel deterioration. Indeed, the static electricity that comes out of the screen can inconvenience the cleaning products. If the appliance has been recently used, it is best to let it cool for 5 minutes before cleaning. Before reconnecting the television or the PC, make sure that the screen is completely dry.
Opt for a soft microfiber cloth
To ensure effective cleaning, microfiber cloth is the best accessory to use. This is the same fabric used for glasses. This fabric is the most suitable material since it does not scratch the screen and does not scatter. Besides, it is available in all supermarkets.
Here are some employment tips:
- With the cloth, gently and circularly rub the screen until the stains and traces disappear;
- Do not press too hard on the screen. The sponge, the towel, the paper handkerchief, or the tea towel should be avoided to avoid leaving scratches. They are usually made of abrasive materials that can scratch the screen. Plus, they’re fluffy. Likewise, wipes containing alcohol gradually deteriorate the screen. Some people even use their fingernails to remove stains, a mistake you shouldn’t make;
- If it is particularly urgent to clean the screen, but no microfiber cloth is available, it is better to use a cotton cloth.
Use specific products
When cleaning the screen, it is essential to respect the fragility of the protective film. Thus, the user must be attentive to the nature of the product used so that the latter does not affect the surface’s integrity. This precaution is essential for PCs with anti-glare. The wrong cleaner may reduce or even eliminate this function.
Aggressive products are, among others:
- Ethanol, acetone, trichloroethane, or ammonia-based cleaners ;
- Gels and cleaning bombs;
- Window products or even soaps.
These detergents are by no means suitable for computer and television screens. They are thus to be put aside.
Before choosing any product, you should consult the PC or television user guide. The information given can help the user to find the best solution to take care of their screen.
Currently, products specially designed for TV screens and PCs abound on the market. They are available among others in the form of wipes and liquid. Cleaning kits are also on sale everywhere.
Clean with water and vinegar
Besides the products available in stores, the mixture of vinegar and water is another effective way to remove stains. To do this, the amount of water and vinegar must be balanced in a container. It should be noted that vinegar is a natural detergent. Besides, this solution is perfectly harmless and stands out for its ecological side. Be careful; do not spray the household directly on the screen. The best option is to immerse the microfiber cloth before using it to wipe the screen. For drying, a second microfiber or dry cotton cloth should be used. Indeed, if the screen is not dried with another cloth, other traces may appear.
Besides, if the water is necessary, tap water should be avoided because it contains a large amount of lime. To avoid leaving traces, demineralized water is, therefore, the most suitable.
Avoid spraying immediately
During cleaning, spraying the product directly onto the screen will cause it to flow to the bottom of the device, at the risk of liquid getting inside. When this happens, breakdowns or malfunctions may appear. If the cleaner used is aggressive, there is also a risk that the protective film will deteriorate quickly. To remedy this, the product must be sprayed on a cloth before using it to rub the screen’s surface gently. Finally, dry the screen with another dry microfiber cloth, preferably.
Adopt a circular motion
One of the best methods of cleaning the screen is to blow in the center, then clean in circular motions from the center. Thus, horizontal or vertical traces will be avoided. During this operation, do not press too hard on the surface; otherwise, it will deteriorate. It makes more sense to repeat the circular motions over and over again rather than pressing insistently. As an indication, it should be remembered that the screen of a computer and television is fragile. During maintenance, light movements are essential.
Clean the screen regularly
To preserve the screen’s quality, it is strongly recommended to carry out regular cleaning instead of waiting for a large layer of dust to appear. Thus, a major cleaning with aggressive products will be avoided. This method guarantees to keep the quality and durability of the screen.
What to do in the event of a scratch?
To overcome scratches on the screen, some solutions are to be adopted depending on their severity. If the device is still under warranty, it is possible to return it to the seller. Otherwise, the user can resort to a repair kit, available in supermarkets or specialized shops. Using the right equipment, the risk of damage is reduced, as accessories and products are specially designed to repair and clean your computer or television screen.
Namely, petroleum jelly is another product that can erase a scratch. To use it, the method consists of dipping a cotton end in petroleum jelly before laying it on the stripe.