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How to Clean Your PS3 Controller

Get all that greasy gunk, dust, and food off your PS3 controller without worrying about ruining it.


  • Step 1: Turn off controller Turn off your controller and disconnect it from the console.
  • Step 2: Wipe down Wipe the controller with a clean dry microfiber cloth to remove dust, dirt, and smudges.
  • Step 3: Use cleaner to remove dirt Spray electronics cleaner onto another clean microfiber cloth and clean the controller's surface to remove any unwanted particles or grime.
  • Step 4: Clean the buttons Spray a cotton swab with electronics cleaner. Clean the toggle switches, joystick, and buttons with the swab to remove any buildup around the edges.
  • TIP: Cotton swabs should be moistened with cleaner, but not dripping. Excess moisture may cause damage to your controller.
  • Step 5: Wipe with alcohol Wipe the surface of the controller with an alcohol swab to remove any remaining oils or grit.
  • Step 6: Test and clean interior Test the buttons for sticking. Open the controller and clean the interior if buttons are not working smoothly.
  • : Taking apart your controller and cleaning the interior may void your warranty. Check any warranty paperwork before attempting an interior cleaning.
  • Step 7: Turn on Turn on your controller and play that new game.
  • FACT: The first Playstation was released for sale in the United States in 1994 and sold over 100,000 units in the first weekend.

You Will Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Electronics cleaner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Alcohol swabs

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