Caring for a flat screen television is simple but just one wrong move and that investment can be scratched or ruined. Start by making sure your television is not where little hands can reach or touch it – this will prevent having to do more than simple dusting in the first place.

I like using a wand duster when I’m doing weekly dusting to quickly dust TVs. Dust with a microfiber wand duster or microfiber cloth starting from the top/left and working down to the bottom. Make sure you start with a clean duster or cloth to ensure that you aren’t spreading around dust.

If your flat screen tv needs more than a quick dusting, follow these steps. Always check your manufacturer’s instructions first so that you don’t void the warranty.

  1. Turn off and unplug the television (let it cool completely if it was turned on).
  2. Never spray anything directly on the screen itself and don’t use any alcohol or ammonia based products as they may damage the screen.
  3. Use a barely damp microfiber cloth (like these) and wipe from top to bottom and left to right. DO NOT press the screen in any way as it might cause pixels to be ruined and your picture to be distorted.
  4. If any smudges remain, you can mix up a tablespoons of white vinegar and a tablespoon of water and dip your soft microfiber cloth into the solution. Squeeze out any excess until it’s barely damp. Carefully apply the solution on any smudges applying barely any pressure to remove. If you’d prefer to use wipes, I recommend these.

Don’t forget to give your remotes a quick cleaning too! Use a little rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and wipe them completely and air dry.