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How to Clean Your TV's Screen
By Swanni

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 produces.

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, lint-free cloth.

"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 affected."

Not sure who's putting insect spray on their TV, but there you go...

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 brands:

How to clean a Samsung LCD TV
How to clean a Sony LCD TV
How to clean a Vizio TV
How to clean a LG TV
How to clean a Sharp Aquos TV
How to clean a Toshiba LED TV
How to clean a Toshiba LCD TV

And here's a good story on screen cleaning by CNET's Geoffrey Morrison.

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