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soundfx4
05-09-08, 09:09 AM
I gotta say I'm not even sure if this is appropriate for this section, but everything I've googled about nicotine stains has been about stains on walls and such which is useless to me as I can't apply the same methods to my delicate wii mote. I'm hoping that maybe someone else is in the same boat as me and knows exactly what to do and can assist me. K, story time :soda:


I have a history with my cousin of letting him borrow my consoles in the past, and every time I get them back I have to clean the remotes and the console for the following reasons:

1: he doesn't wash his hands often, and to my knowledge not after using the restroom

2: He smokes (or he used to anyway, quit recently) and the controllers and console were covered in nicotine

3: Most likely eats greasy food and handles my remotes w/o washing his hands (controller looked to have grease on it, I'm assuming this is the situation)


I really have no problem letting him borrow them, and I don't mind cleaning them when I get them back...or at least I didn't mind cleaning my other consoles...however, the wii's very bright white color has proven to be quite a problem. When I first got it back I began my usually sit in front of a fan for a few days to air the smoke smell out. After which I begin taking apart the wii-mote to clean the plastic pieces one at a time using water and a cleaning solution called spray nine. One all was done and the controller was dry I noticed that it had bad nicotine stains on the rubber wire, so I tried bleaching it with a water/bleach solution. I let it sit overnight and well into the next day, but the nicotine stain, while slightly faded, was still there. I'm at a point where I honstly don't know what to do. I may go out to the store today and look around for a cleaning solution but I've no idea what to look for, or what might work. So if anyone reading this knows what to do, please pass your knowledge onto me so that I may use it to cleans my wii mote D:

Thanks :)

nightelph
05-09-08, 09:13 AM
Make him buy his own controller and hang on to yours.

You might be able to use a buffing attatchment on a dremel..

FudgeNuggets
05-09-08, 09:20 AM
Sorry, nothing you can do once the damage is done. Consider putting a condom errrr I mean jacket over the remote. That won't help the d-pad or the buttons but the white parts won't get stained. Meanwhile, berate your cousin for being a filthy slob. Oh, forgot... you can do like a lot of modders do and take the whole thing apart and paint it a color instead of white. Black tends to be the most popular. Eventually Nintendo will mold them that way too.

nightelph
05-09-08, 09:40 AM
In addition to the 'skin' you could cut out screen protector material for the buttons and d-pad.

Red_LightRanger
05-09-08, 09:52 AM
plus the wii condoms are free!

http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/jacket/jacketrequest.jsp

Sarsbaby
05-09-08, 09:53 AM
Make him buy you new ones and give him the old ones. I know he's your cousin, but I think dirty controlers are disgusting. Even my nes ones are spotless.

tresmonos
05-09-08, 10:44 AM
I'm not sure if this will work, but try the Mr. Clean magic sponge. So far, I have not come across any stain those little puppies can't handle. It baffles me as to why they are so effective.

The only hang up I could see is the rubber material: I've used the sponges on generally hard surfaces.

soundfx4
05-09-08, 11:13 AM
bah, I know I know, I should say something, but he gets ****ed when people confront him about his "habits". I remember telling myself I wasn't going to let him borrow anymore consoles, and I was actually going to say something to him, but when the time came and he asked, I couldn't say no >< and I guess I could ask him to buy me a new one, but he doesn't have a wii, so giving him the old one in exchange is pointless :\ and besides, I did a little custom modding to this controller so that I could plug it into a wall outlet :D (I hate batteries) so I'd have to do that again if I bought another one >.>

at any rate, the painting idea isn't a bad idea at all, I might look into that, but before that, I'll have to try Tresmonos suggestion with the Mr. Clean magic sponge :D



oh and thanks for the link to the wiimote condoms :p I didn't know nintendo was doing that, I'll defintly take advantage of that.

Pntgrd
05-09-08, 11:52 AM
I went to an "expert", my Wife owns a cleaning company. She says to use "Softscrub with Bleach". Put it on a soft rag or cloth and rub using one or two finger method.

rainless
05-09-08, 12:12 PM
I gotta say I'm not even sure if this is appropriate for this section, but everything I've googled about nicotine stains has been about stains on walls and such which is useless to me as I can't apply the same methods to my delicate wii mote. I'm hoping that maybe someone else is in the same boat as me and knows exactly what to do and can assist me. K, story time :soda:


I have a history with my cousin of letting him borrow my consoles in the past, and every time I get them back I have to clean the remotes and the console for the following reasons:

1: he doesn't wash his hands often, and to my knowledge not after using the restroom

2: He smokes (or he used to anyway, quit recently) and the controllers and console were covered in nicotine

3: Most likely eats greasy food and handles my remotes w/o washing his hands (controller looked to have grease on it, I'm assuming this is the situation)


I really have no problem letting him borrow them, and I don't mind cleaning them when I get them back...or at least I didn't mind cleaning my other consoles...however, the wii's very bright white color has proven to be quite a problem. When I first got it back I began my usually sit in front of a fan for a few days to air the smoke smell out. After which I begin taking apart the wii-mote to clean the plastic pieces one at a time using water and a cleaning solution called spray nine. One all was done and the controller was dry I noticed that it had bad nicotine stains on the rubber wire, so I tried bleaching it with a water/bleach solution. I let it sit overnight and well into the next day, but the nicotine stain, while slightly faded, was still there. I'm at a point where I honstly don't know what to do. I may go out to the store today and look around for a cleaning solution but I've no idea what to look for, or what might work. So if anyone reading this knows what to do, please pass your knowledge onto me so that I may use it to cleans my wii mote D:

Thanks :)

Well it sounds like you DO have a problem with letting your cousin borrow your controllers. And if you don't... you should.

I mean he "doesn't wash his hands after coming out of the restroom?" What's wrong with you? Why the hell would you let him even TOUCH... let alone BORROW your controller?

Sometimes the solution is right there in the problem...

Frogbones
05-09-08, 12:21 PM
Post #9 has a good one( a bit harsh though). But to be easy on the cord and plastics... I use Simple Green great stuff, cheap..not all chemically and such and is easy on plastics, rubber, and pleather (plastic leather).


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TollhouseFrank
05-09-08, 01:59 PM
I'm not sure if this will work, but try the Mr. Clean magic sponge. So far, I have not come across any stain those little puppies can't handle. It baffles me as to why they are so effective.

The only hang up I could see is the rubber material: I've used the sponges on generally hard surfaces.


Magic Erasers for the win! I use them for everything from makeshift scratch repairs on cd's and dvd's (they work wonders!) to cleaning tar off delicate components in a computer or off the case/keyboard/mouse.

should work the same for a wiimote

Kenshiro
05-09-08, 02:50 PM
Well, i guess it's lesson learnt for you.

Next time, tell your cousin to clean up the stain after playing with your Wii.

Oni
05-09-08, 05:20 PM
I'll 2nd both the Simple Green and the Magic Eraser. Both are great. I wonder what would happen if you combined them? Maybe the universe would end . . .

At any rate, I think the far, far greater problem here is your cousin. You need to deal with him first.

Red_LightRanger
05-09-08, 06:42 PM
yes put nicotine stains on him.

Oni
05-09-08, 09:33 PM
yes put nicotine stains on him.

If there are stains on the Wii Remote, I think it's safe to say that there are already nicotine stains on him as well.

mepis
05-09-08, 10:06 PM
I'm not sure if this will work, but try the Mr. Clean magic sponge. So far, I have not come across any stain those little puppies can't handle. It baffles me as to why they are so effective.

The only hang up I could see is the rubber material: I've used the sponges on generally hard surfaces.

Didnt read the rest of the thread yet but had to chime in on this quickly.

Mr. clean sponged work great for cleaning but will remove all shine form the controllers. They are highly abrasive. I once used one to clean some stains off my hand and arm once thinking it would be OK and it ended up remove skin and my skin was red with "burn" marks for the next couple of weeks. Last years dumb ass moment of the year.

Red_LightRanger
05-09-08, 10:20 PM
If there are stains on the Wii Remote, I think it's safe to say that there are already nicotine stains on him as well.

lol.

ManOman
05-09-08, 11:25 PM
bah, I know I know, I should say something, but he gets ****ed when people confront him about his "habits".

Remember, it's not at all about his habits.
You need to point out to him that what it's about is how his habits and hygiene affect your personal items.
Really, it's easy enough to wash before you play...it really is. It's also really easy to not smoke while you play.
Tell him if he wants to smoke or touch himself and not wash his hands, then he can buy his own remote :beer:

Slimmy
05-10-08, 12:30 AM
1. Make him clean it.
2. Make him replace it .
3. Tell him no until he respects your stuff.

One question. If the remote is that bad. What is getting inside the Wii console itself?

Diddyu
05-10-08, 12:34 AM
Pine sol. I use it to remove anything from anything, I havent found something that it couldnt clean yet.

soundfx4
05-10-08, 06:19 AM
Well it sounds like you DO have a problem with letting your cousin borrow your controllers. And if you don't... you should.

I mean he "doesn't wash his hands after coming out of the restroom?" What's wrong with you? Why the hell would you let him even TOUCH... let alone BORROW your controller?

Sometimes the solution is right there in the problem...


well at any rate I didnt' used to have a problem with it. It was annoying, but only after the wii incident did I realize that I do have a problem with this. I guess I'll have to talk to him about it, but I'm not looking forward to it. At the very least I don't have to worry about talking to him about it until the next gen consoles come out :p

Btw, I like your reaction to him not washing his hands after coming out of the restroom, gives me hope for the world ^^

soundfx4
05-10-08, 06:22 AM
1. Make him clean it.
2. Make him replace it .
3. Tell him no until he respects your stuff.

One question. If the remote is that bad. What is getting inside the Wii console itself?


I haven't even opened it yet >< but I'm praying all is okay on the inside. At the very least, the controlers are fine on the inside, but then again air doesn't flow through them :\

soundfx4
05-10-08, 06:25 AM
Didnt read the rest of the thread yet but had to chime in on this quickly.

Mr. clean sponged work great for cleaning but will remove all shine form the controllers. They are highly abrasive. I once used one to clean some stains off my hand and arm once thinking it would be OK and it ended up remove skin and my skin was red with "burn" marks for the next couple of weeks. Last years dumb ass moment of the year.


well for some reason or another the glossy part of the controllers are nicotine free. Or at least they look nicotine free, they're as white as ever (even before I cleaned it, the glossy parts were white) it's just the none gloss rubber cord seams to of absorbed it.

At any rate it's not as bad as it could of been, he didn't keep it that long. You should see his xbox 360 remote, mine is a beautiful white, his looks like it was air brushed a dark brownish yellow.



btw, just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the tips, and feel free to keep them coming, but I've already got, I belive, three or four different tricks to try ^^

Kil4Thril
05-11-08, 02:19 AM
I'll 2nd both the Simple Green and the Magic Eraser. Both are great. I wonder what would happen if you combined them? Maybe the universe would end . . .

At any rate, I think the far, far greater problem here is your cousin. You need to deal with him first.

I will say positively that the Magic Eraser combined with Simple Green removes several kinds of ink from ceramic-tile floors. I used that combination this weekend. It didn't end the world or divide by zero or anything, but it did force me to scrub ALL the tile (about 1600 sq ft) since it cleaned the spots so well :bang head

noxqzs
05-11-08, 01:22 PM
Does he also dirty up your discs? I assume that he must borrow those as well.

soundfx4
06-13-08, 03:03 AM
Does he also dirty up your discs? I assume that he must borrow those as well.


he does borrow my games as well, but takes much better care of them. But really the issuse is the the controler stays in your hand while you're playing the game so whatever is on your hand is gonna get on the controler and vica versa, so it's not that he's abused my controler on purpose, he just went about his every day life and they got mucked up that way :\ the biggest problem is just the nicotine, the germs from anything that may of bene on his hands can and have been washed away


btw, an update, I tried the magic eraser and it did nothing after several scrubs :( and I actually do notice a faint yellow tint with the gloss but because of what a poster said earlier I didn't want to try it on the glossy part :bang head I couldn't find any simple green, but I have pine sol and some other tricks suggested here that I'll give a shot.

tresmonos
06-14-08, 09:26 AM
he does borrow my games as well, but takes much better care of them. But really the issuse is the the controler stays in your hand while you're playing the game so whatever is on your hand is gonna get on the controler and vica versa, so it's not that he's abused my controler on purpose, he just went about his every day life and they got mucked up that way :\ the biggest problem is just the nicotine, the germs from anything that may of bene on his hands can and have been washed away


btw, an update, I tried the magic eraser and it did nothing after several scrubs :( and I actually do notice a faint yellow tint with the gloss but because of what a poster said earlier I didn't want to try it on the glossy part :bang head I couldn't find any simple green, but I have pine sol and some other tricks suggested here that I'll give a shot.

Sorry to hear. Maybe a bleach based product might help?

http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-remove-nicotine-cigar-pipe-smoke-and-cigarette-stains.htm

Maybe a vinegar solution?

Oni
06-14-08, 09:41 AM
The Pine Sol might work. Give that a try with a 50/50 solution and see what happens.

soundfx4
07-07-08, 04:42 AM
I suppose I could try a Vinegar solution, but at this point I'm at the "there's nothing I can do point". I soaked a portion of it in 100&#37; bleach and I couldn't see any difference :-/

I'll give the pine sol solution a try, look into some vinegar solutions, and I'll check out that link.

Thanks.

Red_LightRanger
07-07-08, 08:35 AM
dang u still workin on them wii motes??? If all else fails why not just take the plastic pieces off and do a little painting? You could finish it with a clear coat to make sure the paint will stick.

buckbadly
07-09-08, 11:01 AM
Give some good 'ol white vinegar a try. It's amazing what that stuff does/cleans. And it does wonders on weeds around the house too:p

rumbl3
07-09-08, 11:15 AM
no tips for cleaning the remote, but i will say i do not borrow anyone anything anymore. Learned that lesson a long time ago quite a few times.

soundfx4
07-09-08, 05:13 PM
dang u still workin on them wii motes??? If all else fails why not just take the plastic pieces off and do a little painting? You could finish it with a clear coat to make sure the paint will stick.


well it's not so much that I'm still working on them, as it is that I've just been procrastinating. I've only tried the mr. clean sponge over the past month or so, and haven't yet tried Pin sol. Painting would be the biggest pain since there are different types of paints and such. I'd want to get one that leaves the original texture of the remote if possible, but I dont' see how that is possible. At any rate, I have extrememe motivational problems so I don't know when I'll try the next thing...pretty much just when I feel like it :-/

TheGreySpectre
07-12-08, 01:40 PM
Tell him that you don't have a problem with him smoking but regardless of who you lend things to and thier habits you expect them to be returned clean. Then ask him to get you a replacement.