How to clean your TV screen without damaging it - and which cleaners to avoid

A flawless piece of glass designed to transport you to different worlds, different time periods and down Coronation Street is only a scratch or smear or away from being ruined. So what cleaners and cloths are safe to use to clean your TV and avoid this happening?

There are dozens of cleaners for all manner of surfaces in your home from worktops to windows, but many are too harsh to use on a delicate TV screen.

We checked the advice of popular TV manufacturers and did our own research to see how best to safely clean your TV.

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Manufacturer advice for cleaning your TV screen

There's some differing opinion on whether water should be used. So be careful if you've got an LG TV, where no water or glass cleaner is recommended. This could affect your warranty, so stick to the official advice.

How to clean your TV screen without damaging it - and which cleaners to avoid

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Five steps on how to clean your TV screen

Before you start, unplug your TV.

A clean screen is one thing, but there are numerous settings you can tweak to make sure you're getting the best picture. Input your model into our tool on getting the best TV picture to see how to get your telly looking its best.

Cleaners you shouldn't use to clean your TV screen

TV screens have layers designed to minimise glare and reflections - so the last thing you want to do is compromise your coating.

Nearly all the cleaners you use in your kitchen and bathroom could damage your TV screen. For the sake of simplicity, we'd recommend you avoid them all.

As much as possible, you want to use a dry cloth and only resort to a cleaning solution if there's a mark that won't come off with careful dry wiping.

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Other parts of your TV you might need to clean

TV ports, such as HDMI and USB inputs, can get dusty. If you haven't used one of your HDMI inputs before and go to plug in a new device, you could push that built-up dust into your TV's innards.

Wipe the ports with a cloth. If they're particularly dusty, you can use a vacuum cleaner on its lowest setting to clear out any debris. Take care and hold the nozzle away from the TV as to not cause damage. Try not to push into the port since this could also damage the connection.

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