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Cleaning Your Plasma TV

When you love buying electronics, you may neglect thinking about how you are going to clean them once you get them home. Knowing this information could mean the difference from keeping your new electronics for years or inadvertently killing the product by improperly cleaning it with the wrong solution or method.

There is no doubt that plasma televisions are hugely popular and whether it’s the definition of the picture, the sleekness of the design or just the status of owning a plasma, everyone wants the latest and greatest. Maintaining your plasma screen is an important part of protecting your investment and prolonging the life of your television.

Plasma televisions work by tiny pixels of three colors, red, blue, and green are illuminated on the screen. The screen may be the most important part, and manufacturers want to protect it by adding an anti-glare coating on the screen. This coating will keep annoying glare from affecting your viewing pleasure. The protective coating is also essential in keeping your plasma in top working order.

How to clean your plasma television screen

Gone are the days of old where you could just spray some Windex directly on the screen wipe with paper towel and marvel at your sparkling clean screen. New technology is more complicated than that, knowing how to properly clean your plasma TV is now part of the knowledge you must possess to maintain your new purchase.

Most manufacturers have information on how to clean their products in the user manual and it is extremely important that you follow their steps. You could also look up the information on the Internet if you have lost the manufacturers booklet.

Many electronic stores carry a plasma television cleaning kit that will provide you with the proper tools to clean your television. If you do not want to purchase a kit, you can clean your television yourself but you will need a few products to do so.

When cleaning your plasma always unplug the television before cleaning it, of course not having power running through your television is safe, but when the television is off you will be able to see the dust and fingerprints much clearer. Never use a household cleaning spray that is used on widows and that contains ammonia, the ammonia will eat at the anti-glare coating and ruin the screen.

You will want to have a micro fiber cloth on hand to wipe the screen of any dust or accumulation. Do not use paper towels or regular cloths as they can scratch and damage the coating. You can find micro fiber cloths at most electronic stores or online. Never use your fingernail or any other type of product to dig at the screen, the coating is very sensitive to that type of pressure and will scratch or peel ruining the screen. When using your micro-fiber towel, always use a light pressure, never push on the screen with your weight, and always use soft, gentle motions.

Some people suggest using a micro-fiber cloth that has been slightly dampened with lukewarm distilled water, be careful using this technique because excessive water will damage the screen. If you do use distilled water to clean the screen, be sure to completely dry the screen when finished, liquid of any kind can seep down into the display and cause significant damage if not dried off immediately.

Preventing fingerprints is an easier task than preventing dust. Make sure the television set is up and away from small children who like to touch the screen. Avoid touching the screen yourself. Pressing a plasma screen can lead t a burned–in image on your screen that is extremely difficult to remedy.

Cleaning the rest of a plasma television

Many people focus on the cleaning of the screen, but it is just as important to clean the rest of the set as well. Removing dust that has built up on the television is important because dust can get inside the vents in the back of the television ad ultimately ruin it.

Using your vacuum cleaner, place the brush attachment on and turn the vacuum onto the lowest setting. Gently go over the screen and all of the holes and crevices to remove the dust that has built up. Take special care in cleaning the air vents that are located in the back of the television so than the heat that builds up inside can move freely out of the set. Clogged air vents can impeded the televisions performance and could ultimately cause the television to stop working from overheating.

Cleaning your plasma television every day or a few times a week is recommended to keep it in tiptop working order. The vacuuming methods of the back vents can be done once a month but be sure to check this area for the dust build up, especially if the television is in an area prone to dust such as near a heating or air conditioning vent.

By practicing these cleaning methods, you will be sure to enjoy a longer life of your television and reap the benefits of the best technology has to offer these days.