Tuesday, March 13, 2018

How to Clean and Maintain Your Home Theater

You’ve put in blood, sweat, tears, and hours to create the perfect home theater including your favorite Seatcraft chairs so now it’s time to take note on how to keep up appearances. Cleaning and maintaining your home theater can make all the difference when it comes to your movie viewing experience.

Running Audio Cables

Managing your audio cables improves sound as well as tidies up the space. Try to keep your cable runs as short as possible. Metal connectors are a more beneficial option over bare-wire ends. To avoid clutter, consider purchasing a sleeve to bundle cables together for a cleaner look. Another tactic is to run the wires behind baseboards to obscure them almost completely. Need more cable clutter fixes? We’ve got you covered here.

Speaker Cleaning
If your speakers are in a wood cabinet, know what type of wood you are working with to choose the proper cleaner. Knowing the finish will help you pick a solution that isn’t too harsh and might damage the wood. Do not use glass, bathroom, or kitchen cleaners. Oils are ideal for real wood while varnishes are used for vinyl or plywood.

When cleaning, use a soft cloth or cotton t-shirt instead of a paper towel that will leave behind white particles. If you’re cleaning away dust, a dry cloth will suffice. But if you are using an oil or varnish, have a wet cloth as well as a dry cloth. Use the cloth with solution first and then dry the area with the second, clean cloth.

A/V Cleaning
Dust, dirt, and pet hair can do long lasting damage to your A/V equipment so it’s important to keep up on maintenance. Make sure everything is ‘off’ before you begin cleaning. Only use spray cleaners meant for electronics. Switches should be cleaned with soft brushes as opposed to feather dusters. Do not use cleaners with harsh alcohols as they can damage your A/V equipment.

Projector Cleaning

If you have a television in your home theater, there are a few tips to keep the screen clean. Sprays can be harsh and leave behind streaks so stick to light dusting.

Most likely, you have a projector in your theater. It’s a good idea to clean your projector every time you change the light bulb or clean the air filter. Before cleaning, make sure the projector is unplugged and has cooled off completely. Before replacing the bulb or air filter, clean the vents of dust and pet hair. Much like with A/V cleaning, use a soft or microfiber cloth to clean the lens on the projector. A wet eyeglass wipe is another viable option for the lens. If you have used cleaning products, be sure to allow the projector to dry for at least 30 minutes.

Don’t forget about the screen! If the picture still isn’t clear after you have cleaned out your projector, you may have an issue with the screen. Check with the manufacturer for specific cleaning instructions, but it’s typically safe to use a dry cloth or warm water to wipe down the screen.

Seat Cleaning

Cleaning your favorite Seatcraft chair is not difficult, but it’s vital for longevity in your home theater. If you’ve chosen leather chairs, be sure to avoid placing them in direct sunlight, which can fade and damage the material. Use a moist cloth to wipe down the seats regularly for dirt and dust. Do not use harsh chemicals, which can cause the leather to fade. Read here for more tips and tricks to keep your Seatcraft chairs looking like new!

Don’t let all of your efforts go to waste. Cleaning and maintaining your theater can make all the difference in your movie experience. Follow these tips we have assembled and you will be sure to enjoy your Seatcraft chairs and home theater for years to come.

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