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How often to clean TV and electronic screens — and the right way to do it!

Is your phone screen covered with greasy smudges? Is your tablet screen dotted with doughnut debris? And what about your TV screen? Be honest, it's definitely covered in dust. It's time to clean them all and see the e-world as it was meant to be. There's no need to put this chore off — it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner.

Before you begin, consult the owner’s guide for specific instructions and be sure to unplug the device.

Dust it

To remove dust, use a microfiber cloth and lightly wipe the screen, moving in one direction and working from the top of the screen to the bottom. According to Allan Coviello, president and CEO of TADgreen Inc., that's all it usually takes to remove dust, grease, oil, dirt and 99 percent of bacteria that’s on the screen.

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Use the right cloth

Not all microfiber is the same. Coviello recommends cleaning screens using only cloths specially made for electronics, like Personal Electronics Cleaning e-cloth or MagicFiber, because they have shorter, finer fibers. And more fibers means faster results.

For stubborn smudges...

To remove tough smudges, slightly dampen a corner of the microfiber cloth and wipe the area lightly. (Too much pressure will damage the screen.) Dry with an unused portion of the cloth. You’ll know it’s time to move to a new part of the cloth (or wash it) when it starts leaving dust behind.

If this doesn't do the job, try using a special electronics screen-cleaning product like Screen Clean or Belkin Screen Cleaning Kit. These are specifically made for cleaning LCD or plasma screens.

Caution: Never spray the cleaner directly on the screen. Instead, spray it on the microfiber cloth first, then wipe.

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What NOT to use

Don't use too much pressure. Use a light hand when cleaning screens to prevent damage to the screen or the anti-reflective coating.

Never use abrasive cleansing cloths or pads since they'll scratch the screen.

And avoid any products that aren't recommended in the owner’s manual, including window cleaner, ammonia, vinegar, ethyl alcohol, powdered cleanser, benzene or paint thinner.

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