How to clean LED TV: see tips and complete step by step

LED TV is found in most homes. Today it is very rare for anyone to still have a tube TV or even plasma models. With the arrival of the digital signal, people ended up choosing to change the appliance for LED options.

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And that means you have to worry about cleaning that object. Even if it is not used frequently, the TV should be cleaned to avoid the accumulation of dust or other types of dirt that can shorten the life of the TV.

Do you have an LED TV at home and have questions about what you can and cannot do – and use – during the cleaning process? Check out some tips:

To clean LED TV you will need:

  • Soft cloth (lint-free);
  • Water;
  • Dust Mop;
  • Brush (soft bristles);
  • Product for cleaning LED displays;
  • Cotton;
  • cotton swabs.

It is worth mentioning that it is not recommended to use some products, such as:

  • Detergent;
  • disinfectants;
  • Glass cleaner;
  • Alcohol;
  • Paper towel;
  • Toilet paper;
  • Furniture polish;
  • Acetone;
  • Ammonia;
  • Alcohol gel;
  • Toluene;
  • Chloromethane.

The reason why it is not recommended to use these products? They are abrasive, they can be absorbed by the TV screen and end up damaging it. Neutral detergent is still free, but only one tablespoon for a liter of water.

LED TVs do not have a glass screen, as was the case with tube TVs, so glass cleaners cannot be used. The material that makes up the screen easily absorbs any product and even water, so be careful when cleaning.

How to clean LED TV step by step

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Now that you’ve separated all the necessary material and know what not to use when cleaning your LED TV, it’s time to get your hands dirty:

  1. Turn off the TV and unplug the device
    Wait for it to cool. In the meantime, you can focus on cleaning the shelf the TV sits on or your remote control.
  2. Pass the duster or dust cloth
    Begin cleaning by wiping with a feather duster or dust cloth. Not just on the screen, but all over the TV. If the device is stuck on the wall, it is interesting to release it and rest it on a sofa, so that cleaning is more efficient.
  3. Moisten a soft cloth
    If after wiping with a dry cloth or dust mop you still notice that there are smudges on the screen and even on the plastic parts of the TV, moisten a soft cloth with water or distilled water. This is also the time to use LED cleaning products if you notice that the screen is very dirty.

Gently rub over the screen, making circular movements. In the rest of the device you can use a little more force, but without exaggeration. If you feel safer, you can dampen the cloth with the help of a spray bottle.

  1. Wipe with a dry cloth
    The TV is a delicate appliance and if you had to wipe it with a damp cloth to clean it, you should dry it immediately. Take another soft, lint-free cloth and dry the screen and the rest of the device.
  2. Clean the corners of the screen
    Take the brush, a cotton swab or cotton. If the TV isn’t very dirty (you were probably able to clean it using just what was suggested in the second step), run the brush along the corners of the screen.

If you find it easier, you can use a cotton swab or cotton, which should fulfill the same function of removing any dirt that is accumulated in the corners of the TV screen.

Is dirt difficult to remove? Moisten the tip of the brush, cotton swab or cotton in water or distilled water and gently dab along the edges of the canvas. Finish by passing a dry cloth in the same space, to avoid any problems.

  1. Clean smaller parts of the back of the TV
    On the back of the LED TV there are some small spaces, more difficult to clean with just a cloth, such as USB, HDMI and headphone jacks. To remove dust from these spaces, use a brush and cotton swab. Avoid getting wet as much as possible. Dry them.
  2. Wipe the TV base with a cloth
    Does your TV rest on the base on top of a bookshelf? Don’t forget to wipe this part of the object with a cloth as well. As it is usually made of plastic, you can dampen the flannel before ironing and make more vigorous movements.

Water, distilled water or a mixture of ½ water with 3 tablespoons of vinegar can help with this task.

Then wipe with a dry cloth to prevent moisture from coming into contact with the TV.

  1. Put the TV back in its place
    If you had to take the device out of the cradle, it’s time to put it back in place. The same is true for those that have a base that comes off and you preferred to take the TV off the shelf to clean it better.
  2. Wait a while before plugging the device into the socket
    Even if you have used a dry flannel to dry the screen and the entire device after cleaning it with a damp cloth – or with your own product – wait a little longer before connecting the TV to the outlet again.

If the screen is damp when plugged in, there is a risk of smudges appearing. If other parts are wet, the risk is more serious: a short circuit. So wait a little longer.

If you feel safer, pass the dry cloth over the entire device again.

Extra tip: if you want more detailed tips for cleaning your TV screen, check out our article with unique suggestions!

Care when cleaning an LED TV

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The task of cleaning the LED TV was not that difficult, but it is important that you know that you need to take some care daily, during and after cleaning. The goal is for the device to last for a long time and there is no need to seek technical assistance – or even buy a new TV.

Check out some important care you need to have with your LED TV:

Do not apply anything directly to the TV screen
Even water or a specific product for cleaning LED TVs can never be applied directly to the TV and this also applies to the back of the device. To avoid problems, everything must be applied to a cloth and this is the one that will be rubbed on the appliance.

Dry flannel is sufficient for light cleaning
If the TV does not have grease stains (caused by fingers), is cleaned frequently and is not installed in a space that accumulates a lot of dust, dry flannel is sufficient for cleaning. Rub gently and the device will look like new.

Never leave the TV plugged in while cleaning.
Even if you don’t intend to use water or other products, before cleaning, unplug the appliance from the outlet and wait for it to cool down a bit. No risk of shocks or accidents!

Use a protective cover in areas with a lot of dust
Have you noticed that the place where the TV is located accumulates a lot of dust? Consider using a protective cover so that removing dirt is easier.

Keep a cleaning frequency
The trick to preventing dust from accumulating is to clean the LED TV frequently. Once a week is enough for regions that don’t accumulate so much dirt or for those who don’t have small children at home.

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