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Over time and with a lot of use, the buttons on the Wii Remote (Wiimote) can get sticky due to dust and other debris getting caught up inside of the Wii Remote. This process can be greatly accelerated if you do not wash your hands before playing your Nintendo Wii or eat at the same time you are playing.
If your buttons are getting sticky, here are the steps you can follow to clean with Wii Remotes and make them “unsticky” again:
Try cleaning the buttons of the Wii Remote using the cleaning instructions below, being sure to follow the directions carefully or you can damage your Wii Remote permanently.
What you will need:
1 clean toothbrush (no toothpaste on it)
1 cup of warm tap water
1 paper towel
Remove the batteries from the Wii Remote.
Get a clean toothbrush (no toothpaste) and a cup of warm tap water (not hot). Do NOT pour or submerge the Wii Remote in any type of liquid or it will cause permanent damage.
Slightly dip the toothbrush in the water (the toothbrush should not be dripping wet) to moisten and scrub the area of the Wii Remote around the edges of the buttons.
Work the bristles down around the sides of the buttons to give it a deep cleaning.
After cleaning the Wii Remote, dry it off as much as possible with a paper towel.
Let the Wii Remote air dry with the buttons facing down for at least two of hours although overnight is recommended.
Test the Wii Remote for proper response.
Repeat the steps if necessary.
If the buttons are still sticky after cleaning, the Wii Remote will need to be replaced. Our experience shows that this type of problem is usually caused by physical damage and is not covered under Nintendo's warranty. You can purchase a replacement at retail stores that sell Nintendo products or perhaps one of the advertisers on this page.