So you bought an OLED TV, either for your living room, bedroom, or man cave. It’s an awesome TV with vibrant colors and blacks so dark you can’t even tell where the bezel ends. You’ve found yourself drooling over all its colors and picture quality, but now it’s time to clean your screen! How do you do it? Is it any different than cleaning a normal TV screen?
Cleaning OLED TV
Let me take you through the process step by step:
First off, DO NOT USE REGULAR GLASS CLEANER!!! We repeat: DO NOT USE REGULAR GLASS CLEANER!! It will most likely leave smudges and streaks on your new OLED TV because of how delicate the technology is.
The chemicals in regular glass cleaners can actually dissolve the material that makes up your screen! You will be left with a TV that’s covered in smudges and streaks, which you will have to live with for 8-15 years. I’m not kidding on this one.
Take out your spray bottle, fill it halfway with distilled water, and add five drops of liquid soap (we used Palmolive).
The reason why it needs to be distilled water is that regular water can leave behind small mineral deposits which are difficult to remove once dry. Shouldn’t put too much soap in there since it can leave behind a residue as well if you’re not careful.
Turn off the TV immediately before spraying any cleaner onto the surface of the screen! Even with the screen off, there is still power running throughout the TV so you must turn it off before cleaning.
Spray about three to four squirts of your mixture onto the surface of the TV and start wiping down with your microfiber cloth or soft cotton. You don’t want to spray too much liquid on at one time or you run the risk of water spilling into areas that it shouldn’t be in.
We recommend putting a towel underneath to catch any accidental drips if needed. If you do put some water where it’s not supposed to be, use your dry portion of the microfiber cloth or another clean section of cotton cloth to soak up as much water as possible before moving onto step #5.
Turn the TV on and test to see if any smudges or streaks are left behind. If there’s still something there, use your cotton cloth or microfiber cloth with distilled water to soak up excess water/soap mixture that might be still on the surface of the screen. Then continue onto step #4 until you’re satisfied with how clean it looks.
Now let’s do a quick test to make sure everything is working properly after cleaning (because we would hate for you to find out later that something went wrong). Turn off your TV, unplug all cables from the back of the set, and turn it back on again; if everything is normal then no re-adjustment will be needed.
If your TV does need re-adjustment, take out the following tools: TV remote, computer with internet access, USB thumb drive (and another microSD card if necessary), Phillips screwdriver, and if you’re changing the calibration set to match your room then you’ll also need Blu-Tack or Velcro to attach the sensor to the back of your set.
For this part of the process we use a calibration tool that is designed for calibrating TVs as well as projectors (we will not be covering projector calibration as it’s unnecessary unless you own one; those instructions can be found on Estarland).
First off, plug in the USB thumb drive that has been loaded with all of the necessary test patterns for this calibration tool to work. Make sure all the files are in their root directory or else they will not work.
Turn on the TV and navigate to Menu – Support – Self Diagnosis – Picture Test . The test pattern will begin scrolling through your screen one line at a time from top to bottom. What you’re looking for is a picture that’s clear, smooth, and without any visible pixels or artifacts (basically, anything that doesn’t look normal).
If there are still some issues left unresolved after this initial round of testing, go ahead and relax knowing you’ve done everything in your power so far to resolve them before it actually becomes a problem down the road with image retention (burning-in) such as with plasma TVs.
You might have to scroll through the entire range of patterns a few times before everything looks normal so don’t give up too easily if it doesn’t look right after just one go around.
We’re just trying to give you a thorough idea of what your TV should actually look like after calibration is finished without any short-cuts that could potentially skew the results and leave some things out unintentionally.
For example, some TVs come with an option for automatic picture settings which can defeat the purpose of calibrating all together since there wouldn’t be any control over how each individual pixel functions on these pre-determined settings (essentially turning your fancy calibration tool into a brick).
Once you’ve checked how clear the picture is, go ahead and navigate back to the list of patterns on the USB thumb drive. The second pattern you’ll find is a crosshatch test with grids that can be used for checking how well your TV deals with geometry/alignment in fast-moving scenes or sports.
Now that you know how to clean an OLED TV screen, don’t forget that it’s actually rather simple to do with all the right tools and knowledge. If your TV is not too terribly dirty then your best choice might be to skip this How-To article altogether and just follow our advice for keeping screens free of dust/dirt by using a good TV cover which will ensure little chance of it ever getting scratched or stained.
For really tough grime, keep these procedures in mind next time around so you can determine what your options are before attempting any sort of costly repair.
We hope this information has been useful to you and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for reading!