Originally Posted by htwaits
... and don't go past damp when you use the distiled water and microfiber cloth.
This is a subject that is really interesting, as recently I did a lot of "google" searching, and found a ton of opposing opinions, making it even more confusing. In an environment with some cigarette smoke, and dirty city air, water is not always enough for cleaning. In my case I wanted to remove the streaks that occurred on my previous 37" Aquos LCD HDTV. These streaks were a result of using two products that claim to be designed for both LCD and Plasma displays. One is "iKlear" (used to be sold in the Apple Stores) the other "Monster". Both act like a light polish, and you have to work fast to put it on in a circular fashion and then keep buffing until you think it is gone. While the "cleaning" effect seems to be ok at first, later when viewing the TV "off", in the proper lighting, you can always see streaks. This really bothered me, and I really wanted to remove those streaks. Using the same products again, doing small areas at a time, just keep adding streaks, could never get rid of them. Almost like an old WAX, on a car.
That's when I did more homework, and you'll find some "experts" and articles recommending things like a 50/50 homemade solution of distilled water and isopropyl alcohol, which did NOT seem like a good idea. Most manufacture's don't tell you what kind of coating they may be using, anti-glare or whatever on their screens, and using any type of alcohol, just seemed like a RISK to me!
So, I opted for some advice that I thought would be non-destructive, and that was a 50/50 solution of distilled water and white vinegar. I used this to remove all the iKlear and Monster crap on the Sharp, and it worked great. But I am certainly not sure what using this solution would do to an anti-glare coating down the road, as I'm no chemist. It did however remove all the old polish, and NO more streaks. I am NO longer going to use any polish products as I don't care for streaks, and I think it just builds up, no matter how many people say you can safely use these products, they may be safe, but they leave residual, you can see, and it's dam hard to remove.
Since I'm giving away the old Sharp, and just bought the VT50, I'm not touching it, till I need to, and of course will try distilled water first, but if and when I need to do a deeper cleaning, I'm still not sure what would be best, after water.