How to Safely Clean a Plasma TV Screen

By Techwalla Contributor

A plasma television is quite an investment. They are expensive and you will want to maintain them properly to extend the life of the appliance as long as possible. To do that, you should clean it as recommended. First, you should know that plasma TV screens are coated with a special anti-glare coating. If you use a commercial glass cleaner or anything containing alcohol, it can damage the screen. If you want to maintain the life of your plasma screen, clean it safely.

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber or lint-free cloths
  • Liquid dish soap

Step 1

Turn the television off and unplug it. Make sure the plasma screen cools down. Do not try to clean the screen while it is still warm. Make sure you do not touch the screen with your fingers or hands. Always put a barrier between your skin and the screen. The oil from your hands can damage the anti-glare coating.

Step 2

Wipe the screen first with a dry microfiber or lint-free cloth. This might be all that's necessary to clean it.

Step 3

Dampen the cloth with water if the screen needs a more thorough cleaning. Make sure the cloth is not wet -- just damp. Do not use excessive force and make quick, clean strokes with the cloth. Dry with a dry cloth.

Step 4

Add a squirt of mild dish soap to some water and dampen the cloth in that if stubborn marks remain on the plasma TV screen. Wipe the cloth over the screen and dry it with a dry cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Electronics stores sell special products to clean plasma screens, but they are pricey.
  • Remember to never touch the screen of your plasma TV because the oil on your hands can damage the anti-glare coating on the screen.
  • Never use wood products such as paper towels or tissues on the screen. They are too abrasive and will damage the screen.