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How to Protect Your LCD Television

by Paul Sanders

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Your new LCD television will give you thousands of hours of entertainment with proper maintenance. By learning a few simple tasks, you can protect your LCD TV from damage, extending its life even further. Here are some maintenance points that will help you keep your LCD television in good working order.

Protecting Your LCD TV:

  1. Avoid harsh chemicals to clean the screen. Most LCD television screens are covered by a layer of plastic, which can react to certain chemical cleaners that may damage the surface. Use a mixture of one part distilled water and one part isopropyl alcohol to wipe the LCD television screen clean with a lint-free cloth. This will remove any fingerprints or grime without affecting the surface of your HDTV.

  2. Dust your electronics regularly. Dust traps heat, which is detrimental to electronics. A weekly dusting of your LCD television will go a long way to preventing dust build-up on the case and on electronic components inside the LCD TV. Use a damp, lint-free cloth to dust the outside case.

  3. Plug into a surge protector. Minor surges in the power grid can damage electronics plugged directly into outlets. Use a surge protector to shield your LCD television and other entertainment electronics from electrical damage.

  4. Use caution when connecting video game consoles. Some LCD televisions are vulnerable to "screen burn," a phenomenon in which a stationary image is "burned" into the LCD television screen. Video games often use stationary images on the screen that can lead to this problem. Modern video game consoles have largely corrected for this issue, but older consoles may pose a risk to your LCD television. Check your LCD TV documentation to see if the TV has screen-burn protection or correction settings.

  5. Use mounts and stabilizers. LCD televisions and other flat-panel HDTVs look great when mounted to an entertainment center or a wall. Make sure your LCD TV is properly mounted to secure wall studs with a TV mount designed to hold your TV's weight. If you're not using a mount, secure your LCD television to a wall or entertainment center with a stabilizing cable to prevent it from tipping.

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