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Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Did you receive a new flat-screen TV or computer monitor for Christmas? Be careful how you clean it! Never use glass cleaners on flat-screens. Over time the alcohol and ammonia in glass cleaners will etch into the screens and cloud the plastic coatings on high-def panels.

There are specific products sold for cleaning flat-screens, but they’re expensive, and you can do just as good a job without spending a lot. Here’s how:

To remove streaks and smudges, gently swipe a very slightly damp microfiber cloth across the screen. Repeat with a dry microfiber cloth.

For more stubborn grime, such as toddler handprints, moisten a cloth with equal parts distilled white vinegar and water.

Make sure you dust the screens on a regular basis, again using a microfiber cloth. You can reduce static that attracts dust by swiping the screen once a month with a used dryer sheet. Don’t use a fresh sheet. It will leave residue.

And most importantly, never spray any cleaning product directly onto the screen.

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Jane R said...

For the last few days I've been staring at a rather smudged computer screen and not quite sure how to clean it. I appreciated your great suggestions!

Liz said...

Thanks for the info.


Glad you found the tip helpful, Jane and Liz.

Barbara D. said...

I too wasn't sure how to clean the smudges on my iMac screen. This probably works on laptop screens as well. Thanks for the suggestions! (I have the old fashioned tv's, so I still use Windex on them).