High-end sophisticated television sets nowadays come with either a liquid crystal display (LCD) or the plasma display panel (PDP). The two are often mistakenly interchanged, but they have been developed using different technologies. The LCD technology is used for smaller-sized screens. Meanwhile, the PDP technology is more commonly utilized for bigger and wider screens. LCDs are less expensive when compared to the prices of plasma TV screens. This is why utmost care in handling is necessary so that your plasma TV doesn’t get damaged, especially when cleaning it.
1. Prepare all necessary cleaning materials.
Plasma TV screens have a specialized coating material to minimize glare. This coating can be damaged if incorrect cleaning agents are used. Bear in mind that any cleaning liquid that contains ammonia and/or alcohol is a big no-no. You can use one part of a very mild detergent mixed into 100 parts of water for the purpose. Better yet, read the supplied user’s manual for recommended cleaning agents. Furthermore, some home supply stores sell special cleaning kits specifically manufactured for plasma TV screens. For the cloth, acquire a lint-free microfiber. Never use paper towels or cotton cloths, as these can scrape or scratch the delicate screen.
2. Unplug from the power source.
Before you start the cleaning process, unplug the plasma TV screen and all other peripheral electronic devices such as a DVD player that are connected to it. This is to avoid any accidental electrocution.
3. Start cleaning.
In most cases, wiping a dry microfiber cloth over the plasma TV screen surface is enough to remove the accumulated dust and fingerprints. If this does not do the trick, then use the prescribed cleaning agent or the diluted detergent. Grab the microfiber cloth and wet this with the liquid cleaner, making sure that the cloth is only slightly moist. Wipe this onto the surface of the plasma TV screen. Bear in mind to apply only very minimal force when performing the process to avoid unnecessarily damaging the screen. Afterwards, wipe the whole surface off with another clean but completely dry microfiber cloth to finish off.
4. Plug it in.
After this, you can plug the plasma TV screen into the power strip again.
Proper maintenance is the key to keeping your plasma TV screen in excellent condition. Never allow anyone to touch the screen, to avoid getting smudges, fingerprints and even scrapes from long fingernails.
Plasma TV screens are here to stay, at least for the next 5 years or so. This is why weekly cleaning is highly advised so that your viewing experience is not sacrificed. And of course, you get to preserve and extend its pristine condition to avoid replacing it too soon.