how do you clean a flat screen tv monitor ??

I mistakenly used windex and paper towel on my tv screen and now half of the screen has " whiteish " looking streaks. how do i get rid of that, and how " should " i have cleaned it ??????????

CMJ- Buy the electronic wipes at Walmart

Nosila Nosila
Mar '11

From what I have seen online you may not be able to get rid of the streaks....

Nosila Nosila
Mar '11

try these tips when cleaning your lcd (do *NOT* press too hard!!!)

these new tvs are great but need special handling, (physical placment, electrical protection, etc)

Flat screen monitors, also known as LCD monitors, are a little different than their CRT cousins when it comes to cleaning. Your standard CRT monitor has a glass screen and can be cleaned in pretty much the same way as you would any other glass in your home or office.

Flat screen monitors, however, require a bit of special care when cleaning. Their displays are much more sensitive and are easily scratched and damaged. The same applies to your LCD television.

Follow the easy steps below to safely clean your flat screen monitor in just a few minutes.

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Cleaning a flat screen (LCD) monitor usually takes less than 5 minutes
Here's How:
1.Turn off the monitor. If the screen is dark, it will be easier to see the areas that are dirty or oily.

2.Use a dry, soft cloth and very gently wipe the screen. A great choice would be the microfiber type of cloth used to clean eyeglasses.

See Tip #1 below for kinds of cloths to avoid.

3.If the dry cloth did not completely remove the dirt or oil, do not press harder in an attempt to scrub it off.

Pushing directly on the LCD screen can often cause pixels to burn out.

4.If necessary, dampen the cloth with distilled water or with an equal ratio of distilled water to white vinegar.

Many companies also sell small spray bottles of special cleaner for flat screen monitors but the vinegar mixture is usually just as effective.

See Tip #2 below for products to avoid.

5.The plastic edge that surrounds the screen can be cleaned with any multipurpose cleaner but take care to avoid contact with the screen itself.

1.Avoid using paper towels, toilet paper, tissue paper, or something like your shirt to wipe the LCD screen. These non-ultrasoft materials can scratch the screen.

2.Avoid cleaning products that contain ammonia, ethyl alcohol, acetone, toluene, ethyl acid, or methyl chloride. These chemicals can react with the materials that the LCD screen is made of which could yellow the screen or cause other kinds of damage.

3.Never spray liquid directly on the LCD screen or it could run inside the monitor and cause damage.

BrotherDog BrotherDog
Mar '11

i will go to walmart today and try the wipes , i just hope i havent already ruined the tv !

Wow! I had no idea these screens were so sensitive ~ Thank you, Brother Dog, for the info.

happy2bhere happy2bhere
Mar '11

Yep, distilled water and a micro fiber cloth is all you want to use on a flat panel screen to clean it . The main reason for this is many have an anti-reflective coating that may get damaged by chemicals applied to the screen .

Zombo Zombo
Mar '11

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