How do I clean a flat panel TV (or computer display)?

This week we discuss what you should you do about the finger smudges, pet nose prints, and other grim that fines it way onto on a flat panel LCD or Plasma TV? The comments below also apply to flat panel computer displays.


Most TV’s come with a cleaning cloth not unlike what’s used for eye glasses. That’s fine for minor cleaning, but it doesn’t cut it for a 55″ panel that needs a good going over. You shouldn’t use a glass cleaning solution or a cloth with even the slightest abrasive feel. Distilled water and a cotton or microfiber cloth can work well unless the surface is really grimy, which happens often with computer displays.

We use products specifically designed for this purpose. These kits include a liquid in a spray bottle that is gel-like so it doesn’t run down the screen along with a microfiber cloth or squeegee for spreading the cleaner. A very light spray does the trick – cleaning the screen and reducing static that attracts dust. Note: these are for the screen only, not the glossy bezel that surrounds most TV’s.

The product we most often use is from Binary who offers a Screen Cleaning Kit with Storage Case – Micro-Cloth Squeegee and Gel Mist Cleaning Solution.  At $12 these are great solutions for all your flat panel TV and computer needs and we include a cleaning kit with a TV purchase. If you need one of these kits or advice on other AV product care, give us a call.

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