Introduction: How to Clean Slow T-v Remote

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Over time the TV remote from hours of use will get dirty and so will the contacts inside making the remote unresponsive and fidgety to use.

Step 1: Supplies

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Rubbing alcohol, cotton ball cue tips , and small screwdriver

Step 2: Taking It Apart

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First remove the batteries, then find the screws, most remotes try to hide them so you won't open the remote they could be under a sticker, a button , or deep into the remote. Some don't have screws and just clamp together. My remote had two screws that can be easily seen and others hidden under a plastic cover.

Step 3: Rubbing Down Circuit Board

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Remove the rubber keypad which reveals the circuit board wipe the contacts all with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol also clean the clear plastic piece where the I.R blaster sits behind.

Step 4: Cleaning Rubber Key Pad

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I would recommend rinsing the pad in warm water and then drying with hair dryer the clean the contacts with rubbing alcohol and cue tip.

Step 5: Done

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Put it back together and you are done!

Comments

SusanP85 (author)2016-06-01

I did all steps already except soldering...it's a 20 yr tv and found some corrosion on conductor......will go with a universal at this point

HerbertD1 (author)2016-02-12

I do it with fluid hand soap and warm water, rub gently with bare hands. Rinse with warm water and dry with kitchen tissue, blow away residual dust. The contacts on the circuit board you can clean with alcohol.

But the main problem is the wear of the conducting rubber on the silicone keyboard. buy 2 cheap universal remot controls, when one is worn I change the keypad.

There is specisl conductive Rubber paint but it is very expensive when you have only one remote to repair, and when you need it the next time shelf life will be over. I did not try that, but compared to gluing aluminium foil with superglue it will be nice and easy.

That foil thing is a pain in the as and will eventually come loose(so i bought 2 same remotes.

maniacse (author)HerbertD12016-02-15

Yop, when it is realy bad, I often use alu foil. You just need to use for it. I thought about using replacement from some universal unit, but since each remote control has its design and shape, you will end with same thing - glue some material to old one - alu foil or new conducting "rubber". But cleaning is first step always.

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