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The Complete TV Care Guide

Category: News — January 13th, 2014

Whether you’ve bought a 20 inch LED or a 40 inch plasma TV they all need maintaining to keep them in good order and to protect them from damage. Your new TV is bound to be a focal point in your room with eyes always turned to it, so it’s important to keep it clean. You should also protect it from damage by mounting it away from the floor. Here are some tips to keep your TV healthy and to ensure it lasts a long time.


“Break In” Your Plasma

When you buy a new plasma TV you may have to watch it more than normal so that the screen is well warmed up. Plasma screens contain phosphorous particles. If these aren’t properly warmed up then it could lead to image retention which is an imprint of what you’re watching getting “stuck” to the screen. Image retention is only temporary and if you watch different programs the images will fade. If image retention happens repeatedly this could lead to burn in which is a permanent imprint. The trick to stop this from happening is to simply watch the TV regularly using formats that use up the whole screen (so not widescreen movie resolutions).


Mount Your TV

Using a bracket to securely affix your TV to the wall is one of the first things you should do when you get a new TV. Having your TV wall-mounted means it’s safely out of the way of traffic in the room, so energetic family members won’t crash into it or knock it over. To find out which type of bracket you will need, you should read the manual to get an idea of the TVs dimensions and weight. You should also decide whether you want an adjustable or static bracket. Here at Brackets R Us we have a range of TV mounts to suit all needs and TVs. In order to wall-mount your flat screen TV you first have to detach the stand that comes with the TV. Then find the four holes on the TV back and screw in the TV bracket. When drilling the mount to the wall, make sure you drill into wall studs rather than drywall so that the TV is well supported.


Clean Your Screen

In order to keep the picture looking clear and to keep your TV smart in general, consider weekly cleaning. As flat screens are very static they tend to attract dust easily. Choose a soft fibre cloth and use some specialist screen spray which is available online or in hardware stores. Never spray moisture directly onto the screen – always spray onto the cloth first and then wipe down gently. If there are hard to reach parts of your TV that need cleaning or awkward dust-filled corners then consider using a cotton swab to gently coax the dirt out.


Most flatscreen and HD TVs aren’t too high maintenance but it is important to give them some TLC every now and then to ensure they stay in good working order. Installing a bracket initially takes time and effort but don’t let that put you off – you only have to do it once and if you follow instructions and employ an extra pair of hands for support then it’s not too hard.


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