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Removing Cigarette Smoke Residue from Flat Screen TV?

January 10, 2011

Cleaning a flat screen TV with a soft cloth.My question is how to clean the screen of a flat screen TV in a home where there is a smoker (make that heavy smoker!) The instructions say use only the anti-static cloth lightly dampened. I just do not think that's gonna do the trick. Help please!

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By aligirl from Hudson Valley, NY

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January 12, 20111 found this helpful
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I just bought a new flat screen and the directions say do not use Windex or any cleaner with ammonia as an ingredient. I says it will fry the circuitry behind the screen. I would use a microfiber cloth dampened with vinegar or Pledge makes a Multi Surface spray and it also comes in package wet wipes. I buy the wipes as I can keep them in the cabinet under my tv. Also the Pledge wipes have an anti static ingredient which repels dust. It says right on the package it's safe for electronics!
www.pledge.com/.../

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January 12, 20111 found this helpful
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Try isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol. It is the main ingredient in the monitor and TV cleaning sprays. Just us a soft microfiber cloth and be careful not to scratch the surface.

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May 26, 20171 found this helpful
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Light dishwashing liquid... not detergent... mixed with water in a spray bottle.

After unplugging your TV, spray the mix onto a microfiber cloth. NEVER spray anything directly onto your TV, and don't use vinegar or alcohol or anything other than this mix.

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Buff in a side to side motion. If your flat screen is very large, you'll have to wipe in sections, and depending on the level of nicotine residue it may take you several times until your cloth turns up clean.

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April 23, 2021

How do I remove the vapor film collected on my TV (most importantly) and other surfaces caused from vaping (not smoking) inside. It is a small space and despite the remedies I've tried, nothing seems to work. It simply smears the stain and moves it around.

You can see the smear around the flash in the pic. I've since resorted to going outside. But that doesnt fix the problem that already exists. Any help is appreciated.

A television with a film on it.
 

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April 23, 20210 found this helpful
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Here is a page that seems to have sound advice for the TV www.twowaymirrors.com/.../

For other surfaces, a mixture of 2 parts white vinegar to 1 part water sprayed then wiped with a soft cloth (think microfiber, old towel, diaper) usually does the trick. NOTE: do not use vinegar solution on granite countertops; some people won't use it on wood furniture either but I've never had a problem with that.

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Maybe try a weaker solution in an inconspicuous place first -- I guess that goes for all cleansers! Good luck on this project.

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Caution:
Be very sure any product recommended is safe for your TV.
Always unplug TV about 15 minutes before cleaning and do not turn back on until at least 15 after cleaning is finished.

"Turn the TV off and let it cool down for a few minutes before unplugging it.
To clean the frame and screen, gently wipe it with a microfiber cleaning cloth. Make sure to wipe the TV frame and screen as gently as possible. TV screens are fragile and can be damaged when pressed too hard.

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If you don't see results, spray distilled water on to your microfiber cleaning cloth and gently wipe the frame and screen.
Let the TV dry completely before you plug the TV back in."

TV companies recommend spraying distilled water on a microfiber cloth to clean newer TV's and laptop screens. If heavy film on screens you may have to do this more than once.
Your cloth needs to be damp but not running wet.
Keep turning it over as you wipe and when dirty use another clean microfiber cloth.

To clean other items you can use a 1/1 mixture of vinegar & water or if necessary, use 2/1 vinegar & water. You can use any type of clean cotton cloths. Just mix in a pail or large bowl and keep wiping until surface feels clean.

www.hometalk.com/.../q-what-to-use-on-a-flat-screen-tv...

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April 30, 20210 found this helpful
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The vapor emitted from an e-cig contain nicotine, glycerin/glycols, artificial flavorings and preservatives, among other chemicals, but mostly glycerin (not water as most people assume). This why it is clear but slightly oily.

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To clean vaping residue on smooth, non-porous surfaces wipe down it with a cloth dampened in vinegar-water mixture. Some build-up on glass may clean best with straight rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle.
Step up your cleaning frequency.
Use ceiling fans.
To clean fabrics and carpets is not so simple. Vaping residue cant be washed out with water. Only professional cleaning can help.
Fabric fresheners such as baking soda or other freshener products that bond with particles will help.
Don't forget to clean walls. If the surface is allowed to be washed with water then use water with a good scrub.
Air vents and ducts may require professional cleaning.

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August 27, 2017

Can I use vinegar on my flat screen TV to remove nicotine?


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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Yes I use vinegar and water on my tv set.

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Use a mixture of half water and half rubbing alcohol. Put in a spray bottle. Spray on a microfiber cloth and clean tne tv.

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August 27, 20170 found this helpful

Fill a spray bottle with half water and half rubbing alcohol. Spray it on a microfiber cloth and then clean the tv.

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

I use electronic wipes made for TV on my TV's. You can go with Pledge, or Windex.

There's a big forum on ThriftyFun with all kinds of answers here: www.thriftyfun.com/tf86105780.tip.html

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

You can use it diluted with a microfibre cloth

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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

Seems alcohol mixed with water and microfiber cloth are safe for moat screens. It is recommended to unplug the TV just to be on the safe side.

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Here is a good link for basic information.

www.hunker.com/.../how-to-clean-cigarette-smoke-from...

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April 27, 20220 found this helpful

You can't use Windex to clean modern TV screens.

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September 8, 2013

We have a flat screen TV that has been stored at my mom's house. She smokes. She usually smokes outside but sometimes n the house. It's a nice TV, but I don't want our new house to smell of smoke. Is there something I could wipe it down with and not have it hurt my TV?

By Candy from Greeley, CO

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