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After cleaning the inside of your set, look at the outside. A good cleaning goes beyond just the screen. If that’s all you focus on, you’re making a costly mistake that can take years off the life of your TV. I can help.

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To clean your TV screen, use a dry, soft cloth to wipe it free of dust and debris. Here’s the Affordable Pack of Microfiber Cloths I Love,

If you have an LCD TV, press lightly. If you’re too rough, the liquid crystal screen can slide down, producing dark spots. Turning your TV off frequently will fix this problem, but there’s no reason to stress your screen.

If you see oil stains, fingerprints, or anything else that needs a little more scrubbing, spray a little electronics cleaner with a little water on the cloth and gently scrub the area until Let it not be clear. or take the easy route and Pick up this $5 pack of Electronics Wipes,

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

related: While we’re cleaning up, don’t forget two sneaky germ-collectors: your keyboard and mouse,

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Vents keep your TV cool and prevent overheating. Not paying attention to them is bad news. You’ll find vents on the back of most modern LCD TVs. In older TV models, the vents may be on the side and back.

Before you start cleaning to remove dust from the vents, turn off and unplug your TV. You can use a duster on the vents for basic cleaning, but use a monthly vacuum to get the dust deeper inside. Special attachments made for the job are worth the cash. This pack of seven exclusive attachments and accessories is less than $20 and allows you to clean those inaccessible places.

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don’t 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.

The ports are usually on the back, side, or sometimes on the bottom or top of your TV screen. What you don’t want to do is use a cotton swab. You can easily damage the delicate parts inside.

Instead, take a can of compresses. When using compressed air, remember to never shake the container or stick the nozzle inside your TV port. The nozzle may damage sensitive pins. Hold the nozzle about an inch away. Spray the port at an angle so that the air doesn’t get into the dust or debris.

The compressed air will push the dust out of your television, which you can vacuum or wipe with a dry cloth. If you don’t like the trash that comes with canned air, you can buy a rechargeable electronics duster, These are super easy, and you’ll never run out of air. Apart from the TV port, you can also use it on your keyboard and other dusty gadgets.

sanitize remote

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

Your remote control is one place where a little liquid is safe to use. Use a slightly damp cloth to wipe down the remote, paying close attention to the sensors so they can communicate easily with your TV.

Finish with the TV’s exterior and TV stand

You are now ready to give your TV one final wipe to remove any remaining dust. Microfiber cloth works fine, or you can use a . You can use Swiffer Duster, They trap dust so you don’t spill it around, and you can toss the head and add a new one when it gets clogged with dirt.

It’s also super handy to use on the top and sides of your TV without having to stand on anything if it’s up against a wall.

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