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Don't Clean Your HDTV (Or Any TV) with Windex

Don't Clean Your HDTV (Or Any TV) with Windex

The geeks at Gizmodo recently reminded us of something we hope everyone knows, but is clearly worth repeating. Don't clean your HDTV with Windex! In fact, the safest bet is to not clean anything with a screen with an alcohol-based cleanser or harsh solvent. Here's more:

That's what happened when some poor schmo sprayed Windex (or any other cleaner) directly onto his flat-panel DLP. The liquid drips down to the bottom of the screen and then creeps back up, sandwiching itself between the screen and the protective plastic. Yeah, fingerprints and smudges happen, but use a soft cloth to wipe 'em away.

Older direct view TV's - These can be cleaned with glass cleaner and a paper towel, but it's best not to make a habit of it. Newer tubes that may contain any special coatings, like an anti-glare coating, should be cleaned with a damp cotton cloth, says Techlore.

Plasma - You should clean the front of the TV with a soft, damp cloth. The use of a mild soap for heavy cleaning is acceptable.

LCD Flat Panel - Caution! Use a slightly damp soft cloth to clean the LCD screen and dry with a soft cloth. Do not use any cleaning solvents, such as glass cleaner or soaps, to clean the LCD screen and do not press hard on the screen as it will damage easily.

Geek tip - Next time you are at the drug or electronics store, pick up a Dust-Off Microfiber Cleaning Cloth for your computer and camera screens. They were designed to effectively clean sensitive surfaces without scratching. Any brand works.

Join The Conversation
123laundry 123laundry 6 years
What a great tips,I probably have used it on my tv and computer thank you so much for sharing, keep it up!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Wow, thanks for the heads up!
jamiegirl jamiegirl 10 years
Windex is a cure all.
seva1001 seva1001 10 years
who knew Windex could be so cruel
GIOVS GIOVS 10 years
thanks for the tip, i never use again Windex
museanima museanima 10 years
Omg never use windex. I use about 50% isoprophyl alcohol and 50% water with a soft rag that is like glasses cleaner fabric.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
Very good to know GeekSugar, thank you! I am a windex freak so I probably have used it on my tv and computer and pearl...
glam-sugar glam-sugar 10 years
Thanks inthewrong!
inthewrong inthewrong 10 years
I've got this great stuff at home, It's a gel that doesn't drip and is ammonia and alcohol free. It's made by Monster Cable. Check it out! http://www.monstercable.com/productPagePrint.asp?pin=2105
wynter wynter 10 years
Oops! I've used the Windex wipes before.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I just use a Swiffer duster at home. Here at work we use alcohol wipes on our monitors, but they're so ancient it wouldn't be a big loss if one was damaged from it.
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