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How does one clean an electronic remote?

Posted by albert_135 (My Page) on
Wed, Oct 28, 09 at 12:42

I've a Dish Network remote that has gotten sluggish i.e. one must carefully depress each key firmly or it won't work.

Dish remotes are programmed to the specific TV so one cannot just go out and buy a generic replacement at WalMart.

Dish service is really, really quite tedious and very complicated and sometimes expensive. I have not contacted them yet. I want to avoid them if at all possible.


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

Clean? I've never done it and probably should think about doing so. I don't think, unless you have REALLY messy remote habits, that your problem is with cleanliness. I assume you've replaced your batteries. If so and your remote still is unresponsive -- yes, indeed you can replace remotes and they can be programmed to your service and television model. We've done it a couple of times over the past 15 years with different TV's. Sometimes the remotes just become unworkable (for the lack of a better word). You should consider getting a new remote; read your manual and re-program your TV and service. It's done all the time -- good luck!


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

If you've already replaced the batteries, try using some peroxide on a toothbrush. Don't soak the brush, just make it damp then rub around the buttons. This should help loosen any surface dirt.


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

Don't wet it use compressed air to loosen and then use a dry toothbrush--repeat if necessary. Then maintain it by using the air every once in a while


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

I occasionally clean all my "electronics" including phones, remotes,lightswitches, etc. by dabbing on some rubbing alcohol with a Q-tip. Keeps things from getting "gunky".


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

Absolutely rubbing alcohol. What every applicator you use, q-tip or paper towel make it just damp not wet with the alcohol. Alcohol will remove the gunk, kill the germs and evaporate fairly quickly.


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RE: How does one clean an electronic remote?

Deep cleaning instructions, how to take it apart etc., may be found at How to Clean a Remote Control along with links to cleaning similar products.


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