Cleaning Cartridges


Active Member
Hi just got some more snes games :clap:

But they only work occasionally, what best to clean them with and how?



All i do is blow into the cartridge pin slots and that usually does the trick, you should always do this, if you slot a dirty/dusty cartridge into your console it will transfer the dirt into the consoles cart slot and this is where problems start.


Active Member
Yes blowing on them does seem to work sometimes, but id rather give them a clean.

As it does suggest to do this on the carts.


Distinguished Member
Actually whilst blowing on them will provide a short term fix it also blows moisture over the contacts which can lead to some surface corrosion.

Best thing is to use a switch cleaner (like electrolube) and a piece of lint free cloth or a cotton wool bud. The dirt that comes of them is amazing!


Distinguished Member
Electrical component retailers sell electrolube switch cleaner. Maplin sells an oen make switch cleaner and a Servisol one. These are basically the same stuff as electrolube and should do the job.

Just go to

and do a product search for switch cleaner. Alternatively if you have any other electrical component retailer nearby then they should sell it,

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