How To Clean TV Screen Without Streaks

Sony Bravia A95K TV
Credit: Sony

We all know that a television screen attracts dust like nobody's business, but knowing how to clean a tv screen without streaks isn't as simple as wiping it with a cloth.

For some reason, that can actually appear to make things worse, leaving you with a streaky screen that interrupts your viewing pleasure. And nobody wants that.

So exactly how does one clean a TV without leaving streaks? It's an important question. Your television is quite possibly one of the most expensive products you own, so looking after it, and keeping it in top condition, should be a priority.

Here's what you need to do. The process is exactly the same as cleaning your monitor screen without leaving streaks behind.

How To Clean TV Screen Without Streaks

Samsung The Frame 2022 TV
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Credit: Samsung

It's important to note that we'd always recommend you check your manual for any specific guidance from your TV manufacturer. There is a wide range of different types of TV screens - LED, OLED, plasma, quantum dot, to name a few - and so there may be specific advice that applies to your specific model.

With that caveat out of the way, here are some general tips that will apply to almost any TV screen you may have.

The Best Way To Clean A TV Screen

Start off by turning off your television. Not only does this make any streaks or marks easier to spot but it also reduces the risk of any electrical issues.

Next, use a clean microfibre cloth or lens cloth to wipe away any smudges or fingerprints. When you are wiping the screen, wipe it first in one direction, then wipe it a second time in the opposite direction.

Don't spray any water or other liquids directly onto your TV screen. If any liquid gets into the components, this could cause damage to your television.

It's also important that you don't apply too much pressure on the screen. If you apply too much pressure, this can cause damage.

What If There Are Stubborn Marks Or Fingerprints?

If you are really struggling to shift marks, for example, fingerprints left by a child, then we'd recommend using a specialist cleaning wipe or a dedicated screen cleaning solution designed for electronics.

These will typically be slightly moist, which will minimise the risk of any liquid damaging your television, and will be safe to use on almost any screen coating (as always, double-check with your TV manufacturer before you use it).

Other Top Tips

We've already suggested some key things that you should or shouldn't do to clean your TV screen. But here are some more general guidelines on keeping your TV as clean as possible.

  • Make sure you clean your screen regularly, to avoid dirt building up. This will make it easier to clean.
  • As we mentioned earlier, don't spray anything directly onto your TV screen, as this can cause damage. In particular, avoid products that contain ammonia, acetone or alcohol.
  • Finally, if there is any excess moisture on your screen after you've cleaned it, wipe it off with a dry cloth, to stop it from drying and leaving any smears.

By now, you should have a good idea of how to clean your TV screen without leaving streaks. Leaving you with a crystal clear black mirror to enjoy your favourite shows.

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