Windex or Water: What's the best way to clean your flat-screen TV?

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Windex or Water: What's the best way to clean your flat-screen TV?
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Basic, small flat-screen televisions can purchased for a few hundred dollars, while massive, top-of-the-line models can cost as much as a new car. But do you know the right -- and wrong -- ways to clean your flat-screen TV? Take this quiz to see how much you know about the latest television technology and the best way to maintain your flat-screen.
True or false: All flat-screen TVs are also flat-panel TVs.
true
false
Any kind of TV can have a flat-screen, including bulky cathode-ray models. For a thin, lightweight unit you can hang on the wall, invest in a flat-panel television. However, people are now referring to "flat-panel" technology as "flat-screen," so you might as well get used to the term, even if it is technically incorrect.
Every TV ever made has been flat-screen.

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What relatively dated technology gave traditional TV's their bulky form?
knob and tube
plasma
cathode-ray
Classic cathode-ray technology takes up a lot of space. New TVs rely on LCD or plasma technology, which fits into a much smaller unit.

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True or false: It's OK to forcefully scrub your TV screen to remove grease and grime as long as you're using a microfiber cloth.
true
false
Use a gentle touch when cleaning your flat-screen TV. Scrubbing too hard can cause severe damage to the screen.
It depends on the brand of television.

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Which of the major TV technologies is known for providing the “blackest blacks” and a high level of picture contrast?
LCD
LED
plasma
In general, plasma TVs offer the blackest black and provide the highest level of contrast.

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Which of the major TV technologies is most energy efficient?
plasma
LED
LCD
In general, LCD televisions offer the highest level of energy efficiency of all the major TV technologies.

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True or false: It's fine to use regular household glass cleaner on an old cathode-ray TV set.
true
Break out the Windex. It's fine to clean older cathode-ray sets using regular household glass cleaner, but keep these products away from newer LCD and plasma models.
false
It depends when the glass cleaner was bottled.

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To cut grease and banish fingerprints on a flat-screen, mix up a solution of water and this liquid.
ammonia
isopropyl alcohol
Mix a solution containing up to 50 percent isopropyl alcohol with water to safely clean your flat-panel display.
laundry detergent

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True or false: Ammonia and other solvents can strip anti-glare coatings and other finishes from your flat-panel display.
true
Keep ammonia and solvents far away from your flat-screen to prevent permanent damage.
false
Yes, but you don't want them on there anyway.

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True or false: You can safely clean your flat-screen with paper towels as long as they're clean.
true
false
Clean or dirty, paper towels can scratch the screen of your flat-panel TV. Stick to microfiber and other soft cloth materials.
They actually should be a little bit dirty.

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What type of TV is generally the thinnest and most lightweight?
LCD
LCD TV's are generally thinner and weigh less than plasma and cathode-ray models.
plasma
cathode-ray

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