Back in the day, you bought a new TV, set it up in any old corner of the room, and dusted it whenever you remembered. Plasma TVs need the kid glove treatment, though, if you want to keep them in pristine condition.
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Plasma televisions are expensive, so they're worth the extra effort it takes to keep yours ship-shape. Wired's How-To Wiki has some great tips for cleaning and maintaining your plasma TV.
When you bring it home for the first time, make sure you put the TV somewhere air can freely circulate around it, because all those electronic components generate a lot of heat. (Your owner's manual should tell you what you need to know about properly venting the television so it doesn't overheat.) As for cleaning:
To clean your TV you will need a micro fibre cloth as is recommended by the majority of manufactures. In most cases this should be sufficient enough to clean dust and fingerprints from the screen, but if you do find that you need more, use only cleaners that are recommended for Plasma screens. These are antistatic cleaners that will not damage your TV. It is also important that you not spray anything directly onto the screen; instead spray the cleaner onto the cloth and then use the cloth to clean the screen. Do not use any type of abrasive cloth to clean the screen, including paper towels. Abrasive cloth can damage your Plasma TV screen.
Hit up the post for more tips for properly maintaining your plasma television and avoiding problems like screen burn-in. If you've got more suggestions for caring for plasma screens, we'd love to hear them in the comments.
Clean and Maintain Plasma TVs[Wired How-To Wiki]