Everybody, even guests, pets and children touch and slobber all over the remote controls as they sit on the couch, floors, and tables. You should clean it regularly to keep your family members from getting sick, and to keep from getting sick yourself.
Cleaning the remote is a relatively easy task. However, you have to be extremely careful with it so that you do not damage the battery contacts or the circuits. If you do, basically, it will stop working. Then you’ll have to leave the comfort of the couch every time you want to change the channel or turn the volume up, just like back in 1985.
There are two kinds of cleaning you can do: a quick surface cleaning or a more in-depth cleaning of the inside of the remote as well as the outside. They break down as follows.
You Will Need:
- Dish liquid
- Cotton swabs
- A toothpick
- A lint-free cloth
- White vinegar
Steps to Quickly Clean a Remote:
- Remove the batteries from the remote.
- Clean the area around the buttons.
– Mix some dish liquid in water to make suds, then dip a cotton swab in the soapy water and blot it on a cloth to remove the excess fluid. It is important to blot off the excess fluid so that it does not drip into the remote electronics while you clean.
– Use the cotton swab to gently clean the crevices surrounding the buttons on your remote control. (It may take several swabs to get this area completely clean).
– Use a toothpick to extract any gunk from the seam between the two halves of the remote, but be certain that it does not break off and fall inside the remote. If it does, you’re stuck with going to the in-depth cleaning method.
- Wipe the rest of the remote.
– Using a lint-free cloth, wipe down the remainder of the remote with either the soapy water or with a mixture of one part white vinegar in two parts water. Soapy water is best for cleaning off debris and sticky gunk, whereas vinegar works better for killing bacteria and germs. Both will work well for cutting through the oily residue that is deposited by your fingers.
– Make sure to get both the top, bottom and sides of the remote as well as the inside of the battery compartment. Use the cotton swab for any areas that the cloth can’t reach easily. Make sure the battery compartment is dry before you put the batteries back in.
- Put the batteries back in.