If the remote control is very dirty or sticky, you can use a damp cloth or cotton swab with a small amount of rubbing alcohol or water to gently clean the surface.
Be sure to wring out any excess liquid to avoid dripping onto the electronics. Always check the manufacturer’s instructions before attempting to clean a remote control, and if in doubt, seek professional assistance or replace the remote if necessary.
Reasons why you should NOT wash a remote control
- Damage to electronics: Remote controls contain delicate electronic components that can be damaged if they get wet during the washing process.
- Corrosion: If water or cleaning solution gets inside the remote control, it can lead to corrosion and damage the electronic circuits inside.
- Battery damage: Exposure to water or cleaning solutions can cause the batteries inside the remote control to corrode or leak, causing further damage to the device.
- Voided warranty: Attempting to clean a remote control in a way that is not recommended by the manufacturer can void the warranty, leaving you with no recourse if something goes wrong.
- Ineffective cleaning: Even if the remote control survives the washing process, it may not be effectively cleaned, as some dirt and grime may be present in areas that are difficult to reach.
- Replacement is a better option: If a remote control is very dirty or has been contaminated, it may be more effective to replace it rather than attempting to clean it, especially if the cost of replacing it is lower than repairing it.
What should I do if my remote control gets wet?
If your remote control gets wet, remove the batteries and dry the remote thoroughly before attempting to use it again. If the remote does not work after drying, it may be damaged and require repair or replacement.
Can I use cleaning sprays on my remote control?
It is not recommended to use cleaning sprays or any other harsh chemicals on a remote control, as they can damage the surface of the device and potentially affect the electronics inside.
Is it safe to clean the buttons on my remote control?
Yes, you can clean the buttons on your remote control using a damp cloth or cotton swab with a small amount of rubbing alcohol or water. Be sure to wring out any excess liquid to avoid dripping onto the electronics.