Heidi asked: How can I clean ink from an LCD TV screen? My daughter “cleaned” our TV screen with an ink pen. I’m afraid of making it worse if I try to clean it. Any suggestions would help.
LCD screens offer many valuable options and features that make them appealing to many users. Taking care of the screen and cleaning it requires careful steps so the surface does not become scratched and dull. Commercial cleaners are available, but they can be easily made right at home. Follow the methods below to safely and effectively remove the ink marks from an LCD screen.
You Will Need:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Distilled water
- Microfiber cloth
- Spray bottle
Steps to Remove the Ink Stains:
- Begin by mixing a solution of one part rubbing alcohol with one part distilled water in a spray bottle.
- Moisten the microfiber cloth by spraying it lightly with the solution. Do not spray liquids directly onto an LCD screen. Doing so may cause damage.
- Use the moistened cloth to gently wipe the area clean.
- Avoid using too much pressure as this can cause damage to the screen as well.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Never use any abrasive cleaners or scrubbers on an LCD screen!
- If your screen is left with white smears, the water used in the solution was not distilled. Tap water contains minerals that will leave a coating on the screen and should be avoided.
- Microfiber cloths should be used at all times. Even though tissues and paper towels feel soft, they are too abrasive and will cause tiny scratches all across the screen. While it may not look scratched, it will take on a dull or filmy look.
- Keven Ellison submitted an effective solution of using insect repellent to remove the stains quickly and effortlessly. Spray on sunscreen has the same effect. The chemical make-up of these products allows water to penetrate under the stain allowing it to lift right off. Keven also recommends WD-40 for ink.