Cleaning Flat Screen Monitors / TVs?

Cleaning Flat Screen Monitors / TVs?

This is a discussion on Cleaning Flat Screen Monitors / TVs? within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I'm a network administrator and am very familiar with computer hardware, but this one is just stumping me. I've acquired a plasma TV (OK, I'm ...

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    Cleaning Flat Screen Monitors / TVs?

    I'm a network administrator and am very familiar with computer hardware, but this one is just stumping me.

    I've acquired a plasma TV (OK, I'm not that rich; My parents got a new TV and handed me down their old one for going over and hooking up the new one for them ).

    Before I cleaned it with my tried-and-true distilled water & isopropyl alcohol 50/50 mix (which I use for LCDs and anything else with a coating that could be damaged by glass cleaner), I thought I'd Google it.

    I got widely mixed results. Lots of people say to never use alcohol or any other "harsh" cleaner on a plasma TV, and to only use a very mild soap and water solution and a microfiber cloth.
    Others say the same solution I mentioned above for LCDs works just fine.

    Does anyone know if there's a difference in the anti-glare coating on LCDs and Plasma TVs?

    Has anyone cleaned their Plasma TV with an alcohol/water mix? What was the result?

    Thanks

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    I use the same type of cleaner you get with sunglasses. Never a problem so far.
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    so the distilled water with alcohol mix is advisable for lap top pooters??
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    I use a product made by Endust, called Endust for Electronics. Anti-Static, it says "safely cleans PC's, VCR's, TV's" Oil free, wax free, ammonia free. I've used it for a couple of years and it seems to work fine. It does help keep static off your computer and tv screens.....

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    I just use a microfiber cloth...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrLewall View Post
    so the distilled water with alcohol mix is advisable for lap top pooters??
    Yep, rubbing alcohol and distilled water (don't use tap water, it can leave mineral spots) is recommended to clean LCD screens.
    Ammonia and other glass cleaners will disolve the anti-glare coating and make it look foggy after awhile.


    I know I can buy screen cleaner from any office supply store, but what's in there? Why pay $10 for a bottle of it when rubbing alcohol and water will probably work fine?

    But again, does anyone know if there's actually a difference between the coating on LCDs and plasma?

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