HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PROJECTION SCREEN

One common question about projection is how to clean your projector screen.  It is very important that you follow your manufacturer’s screen cleaning instructions so you don't damage image quality. Step One: Determine what type of screen material you have. Screen Materials types:
  • PVC
  • Fiberglass
  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Special Optic
Step Two: Verify if your screen has a first surface coating or not--you can do this by softly wiping your hand across the surface feeling for any texture--you can also look for color irregularities. Step Three: Clean your screen using the appropriate solution and cleaning cloth. (NOTE: the process significantly varies depending on your screen type.)
  • PVC can be cleaned with any soft (microfiber preferred) cloth.  Mix a solution of 5% soap and 95% water.  You can rub the surface until the spot is removed.
  • Fiberglass is a coated material and requires caution when cleaning.  If the spot is small, you can use a white paint marker to cover the spot with a small dot.  If you have a larger spot you can use a soft (microfiber preferred) cloth to lightly rub over the spot.  (NOTE: with all coated materials you can only rub so many times before damaging the projection screen coating—use caution.)
  • Glass screens may or may not have a first surface coating on the front, if you determine there is no coating, simply clean with 25% Windex 75% water.  If the screen has an optical coating, consult your manufacturer’s instructions to determine the recommended cleaning process.  Optical coatings vary significantly and require the use of precise cleaning materials and methods.
  • Acrylic screens (like glass) may or may not have a first surface coating; if you determine there is no coating, simply clean with 10% Windex 90% water.  If the screen has an optical coating, consult your manufacturer’s instructions to determine the recommended cleaning process.  Optical coatings vary significantly and require the use of precise cleaning materials and methods.
  • Special Optic projector screens are very unique, and need to be cleaned according to manufacturer’s instructions.  These screen materials may incorporate different plastics, coatings, or textures on the first surface.  Rubbing or using chemicals may damage the screen permanently, so consult your manufacturer for the cleaning procedures.
For details on how to clean Screen Innovations projection screen products, call 512 832 6939

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