The big mistake you make when cleaning your TV

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Once the inside of your set is cleaned up, take a look at the outside. A good cleaning goes far beyond just the screen. If that’s all you’re focused on, you’re making a costly mistake that could take years from your TV’s life. I can help.

Clean the screen properly

Use a dry, soft cloth to wipe it free of dust and dirt to clean your TV screen. Here is an affordable package of microfiber cloths I like.

If you have an LCD TV, press gently. The liquid crystal display may be pushed down if you are too rough, creating dark spots. Turning your TV off and on again solves this problem, but there is no need to put your monitor under stress.

If you see oil stains, fingerprints or anything else that needs to be scrubbed a little more, spray a little electronics cleaner on a cloth with a little bit of water and gently rub the area until it is clean. Or take the easy way and pick up this pack of electronics napkins for $ 5.

Whatever you do, avoid harmful chemicals like ammonia, acetone and alcohol.

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Banish the dust

Ventilation openings keep your TV cool and prevent overheating. Ignoring these is bad news. You will find vents on the back of most modern LCD TVs. On older TV models, vents may be on the sides and back.

Before you start cleaning to get the dust out of the vents, turn off your TV and unplug it. You can use a vacuum cleaner on the ventilation openings for basic cleaning, but use the vacuum cleaner monthly to get the dust deep inside. Special attachments built for the job are worth the money. This package of seven special accessories and accessories costs under $ 20 and allows you to clean the hard-to-reach places.

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Do not forget the ports

Ports are where you connect HDMI cables, streaming sticks, gaming systems and speakers. If these ports are dusty, your TV may have difficulty connecting to external devices.

Ports are usually on the back, sides or sometimes below or above your TV screen. What you do not want to do is use a cotton swab. You can easily damage the delicate parts inside.

Instead, grab a can of compressed. When using compressed air, remember never to shake the container and never insert the nozzle into your TV ports. The nozzle can damage the sensitive pins. Hold the nozzle about an inch away. Spray the door at an angle so that the air does not push dust or dirt in.

The compressed air will push the dust out of your television, which you can vacuum away or wipe with a dry cloth. If you do not like the waste that comes with canned air, you can buy a rechargeable electronics vacuum cleaner. These are super practical and you never run out of air mid-clean. In addition to TV ports, you can also use it on your keyboard and other dusty gadgets.

Clean the remote control

Everyone in your family touches your remote, whether they have washed their hands or not. Yuck. Your phone is just as dirty. Press or click for the right way to clean it too.

Your remote control is a place where a little bit of liquid is safe to use. Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe the remote control and pay close attention to the sensors so they can easily communicate with your TV.

Finish with the outside of the TV and the TV stand

Now you are ready to give your TV one last wipe to remove any remaining dust. A microfiber cloth works fine or you can use a Swiffer Duster. They catch dust so you do not spread it around and you can throw your head out and add a new one when it is filled with dirt.

It is also super convenient to use on the top and sides of your TV without standing on anything if it is higher up on the wall.

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