How to Clean LG TV Screen – 2024 Guide with Real Photos!

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LG makes some of the best-selling and highest-rated electronic devices on the market today, and their TVs are especially popular.

If you’ve got one, chances are it’s your pride and joy, and you look forward to getting home and turning it on every night – if you know how!

But, as with anything, over time it will get dirty. If you’ve got a large screen in the center of your living room, you’ll soon notice a layer of dust on it, which looks unsightly and will impact your viewing experience.

But when it comes to cleaning a high-end TV, it’s not as simple as spraying and wiping it with regular old glass cleaner. In this guide, I’ll explain how to properly and safely clean your LG TV, so you can continue to enjoy your favorite movies and shows in perfect HD!

Preparations

Before you start, let’s go through the initial steps you should take to ensure a clean TV that is completely undamaged!

First of all, unplug your TV! I cannot stress this enough. Not only is it unsafe for the cleaner and anyone else who might be in the house, but if the connections or the main power source get wet, it could cause catastrophic damage to your TV, other connected electronics, and household wiring as well.

Next, put down the spray bottles and back away from the cleaning supplies!

Most modern TVs have a special coating on the screen for anti-glare properties and scratch protection. Not to mention, the screen is already incredibly thin and fragile. Using anything even slightly abrasive or containing strong chemicals will damage this coating. If that happens, your TV will never look the same again, and could be incredibly costly to repair.

Finally, make sure you’ve got what you will need – just one thing: a microfiber cloth. Anything coarser than this will likely damage the screen. Definitely do not use paper towels or tissues. Paper towels are very rough and will scratch the screen coating when scrunched up, and tissues can be fibrous and dusty, leaving your TV in a worse state than before you started!

If you can, it’s best to use a brand new cloth, or at least one freshly washed. You definitely don’t want to transfer dirt from something else!

How to Clean Your LG TV

First of all, take your microfiber cloth and wet it in lukewarm water. Don’t be tempted to use anything hotter thinking it will do a better job – it won’t, there’s just more of a chance that it will damage the screen coating.

Wring out the cloth so that it is barely damp. It needs to remain slightly wet, to remove the tougher stains and fingerprints, but if it’s dripping, or if it drips when you squeeze it, it’s too wet!

Now you want to start wiping the screen. Work methodically in circular motions to ensure every area of the screen has been cleaned.

Don’t use too much pressure! I cannot stress this enough. If you have an LCD or OLED TV, the components behind the (again, very thin!) piece/s of glass that make up the screen can be damaged if too much pressure is applied. You may see ripples or distortions in the screen when you turn it back on if you’ve pressed too hard.

If your TV is wall-mounted, or a very thin OLED model, you might need to apply very light pressure on the back of the screen with your free hand while you’re wiping. This will ensure that you’re not using too little pressure to be effective, and can stop wall-mounted TVs from moving out of position.

These might go away on their own, but if they didn’t disappear in the time it took you to wipe the TV and turn it back on, it’s not looking good…

Anyway – hopefully you followed my guidance and used appropriate pressure. And hopefully, now your TV is looking shiny and new!

The next step is to simply leave the thing alone for a minute or so to let it air-dry completely. Don’t wipe it with a dry cloth, as this can leave smear marks.

It won’t take long at all, as the cloth should have only been damped slightly, just enough to help pick up tiny dust particles.

Once it’s dry, you can plug your TV back in and start using it again. Done!

Other Areas to Clean

Although this article focuses mainly on the screen, while you’re in cleaning mode you may want to get the whole unit sparkling fresh.

Follow a similar process as with the screen. Areas that can get particularly dusty are around input sockets like HDMI ports and power cables.

Unplug all cables and wipe with a dry cloth. If there’s a significant buildup of dust, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner on its lowest setting to remove debris from inside the ports.

Keep It Clean!

After all that cleaning, you might be wondering if there’s a way you can prevent things from getting so dirty again. Well, there are a few actionable tips that can keep your TV clean and dust-free for longer.

Raise It Up

Moving your TV higher up will slow the accumulation of dust kicked up by people passing. It will also keep it out of the reach of young children and pets. No more sticky fingerprints and hairs!

Move It Within the Room

If you don’t have the facilities to move the TV higher, you might want to try just moving it away from any doors or windows that get opened regularly, especially doors leading outside.

It’s also good if you can keep it away from thoroughfares, as people are more likely to brush against the TV if it’s close to where there’s heavy traffic in the room.

Cover It Up

If you don’t actually watch that TV all that often, or if you’ve got a big clean to do, it can be worth draping a sheet over the TV to protect the screen from dust accumulation.

Final Thoughts

As you now know, it’s actually pretty straightforward to clean an LG TV screen. Just make sure you use the right tools and follow all the safety precautions, and you’ll have a nice clean TV without any damage.

Perhaps the best bit of advice I can give you regarding keeping your TV clean, is to inspect it when it’s turned off for any new fingerprints or smudges. Clean them off right away, as they’ll be much easier to remove while they’re still fresh.

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About James Potts

James is an amateur guitarist and home-recording enthusiast. He loves all things music related - writing songs, playing in a band, and finding the best ways to listen to it. It all interests him, from the history of acoustic guitars, to the latest Bluetooth headphones, to his (ever-growing) collection of vinyl records.

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