You know that you have to provide maintenance to your garage door's panels, its metallic components, and its opener. However, what about your garage door remote? It requires a little attention too. After all, it gets used at least four times during the average workday. When you take good care of it, your remote can remain in excellent condition and performs optimally for a longer time of time.
Why Should I bother?
There are two main reasons for cleaning your garage door remote on a regular basis. Firstly, you will make sure that it stays in good operating condition. Secondly, keep it perfectly hygienic and free from germs. Seeing as most garage door clickers can be small enough to be attached to a keychain, they can end up traveling all over your house, and will easily accumulate dirt.
Proper Inspection and Cleaning
You have to inspect your remote control for damage frequently. This is important in order to discover any potential problem early and get a timely fix for it. You should watch out for deep scratches and any chips or dents. You should pay close attention to the plastic cover over the infrared unit. It must remain in a good condition in order to function properly. You'll also want to make sure that your remote's buttons stay securely in place and that they are easy to push down on. You should keep a close eye on the battery compartment as well; check the walls for damage, and the battery contacts for rust.
How Should I Clean It?
You need to use a soft and dry microfiber cloth for removing dust and dirt which have accumulated on the plastic cover of the infrared unit. If there is dirt stuck between the cover and the casing, try to remove it with a toothpick or a thin tool with a dull edge which will not cause accidental damage. You can also use a toothpick or an appropriate tool for removing dirt stuck around the buttons as well.
You have to use a soft cloth or a cotton ball dipped in a little bit of white vinegar to clean the plastic casing and the buttons of the garage door opener transmitter. This product, which can usually be found in every household kitchen, provides effective cleaning and disinfection as well. It is great for cleaning the battery compartment too. For this, you will benefit from using a cotton swab that will help reach the narrowest sections of the compartment and clean them thoroughly. Use vinegar for removing rust from the battery contacts.
Finally, use the same methods, materials, and tools for cleaning a wired or wireless garage door keypad which you have installed.