Washington, D.C. (January 24, 2013) --
Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your
questions regarding how to best use the latest products and
services in TV technology.
If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to
Q. I've had my
Panasonic 58-inch Plasma TV for a few years now and the screen
is a mess. There's dust, of course, but also little smudges that
somehow have gotten on the screen. What's the best way to clean
it? I'm afraid of hurting the screen with the wrong product.
Larry, Venice, California.
Larry, this question hits me
where I live. I have a 21-month-old daughter who seems to think
our Panasonic Plasma TV is a touch screen TV. Ergo, we have to
clean it quite a bit.
But in researching how to clean our set, I discovered that not
every TV is the same. Some TV makers suggest different methods
for screen cleaning, based on the type of screen their company
For instance, Panasonic's manual for screen cleaning says this:
"First, unplug the AC cord from the wall outlet.
"The front of the display panel has been specially treated. Wipe
the panel surface gently using only a cleaning cloth or a soft,
"If the surface is particularly dirty, soak a soft, lint-free
cloth in a weak detergent solution and then wring the cloth to
remove excess liquid. Use this cloth to wipe the surface of the
display panel, then wipe it evenly with a dry cloth, or the same
type, until the surface is dry.
"Do not scratch or hit the surface of the panel with fingernails
or other hard objects. Furthermore, avoid contact with volatile
substances such as insect sprays, solvents and thinner;
otherwise, the quality of the surface may be adversely
Not sure who's putting insect spray on their TV, but there you
So the best source is your TV's manual. Flip through the pages
until you get to the Maintenance section and it should have a
run-down on how to specifically clean your set. If you've lost
your manual, call your TV's company and ask for a new one.
If you don't want to do that, you can try these links to web
pages which offer specific advice for cleaning different TV