Why I don't like cleaning games with Q-tips March 26 2015

What's better for cleaning cartridge game contacts? Cotton swabs or the 1Upcard?
qtip bundle next to 1upcard


qtip next to 1upcard
The 1UPcard provides considerably more surface area contact than cotton swabs, resulting in a quicker clean. The durable cleaning pad also retains more alcohol. No more dipping qtips repeatedly.


qtip on top of 1upcard
Cotton swabs are prone to leaving fuzz on your game contacts. If you don't pick it all out, you've introduced stray fibers into your pin connector.


which one would you rather use 1upcard or qtip
Which one would you rather use?


If you love using cottons swabs to clean games, the 1UPcard is not for you. Would you rather be playing your games than cleaning them?  The 1UPcard is your quickest route back to perfect pixels.


When I got back into retrogaming I did a lot of research about how to clean games. Brasso, windex, pencil erasers. There was a lot of info out there, much of it conflicting. However, I did notice that q-tips and rubbing alcohol seemed to be the most widely accepted method. So that's how I started. The cotton swabs cleaned the games, but they bent easily and piled up quickly. Sometimes they would leave fuzz on the contacts. So I would sit there and clean a game, but instead of being able to play right away I had to clean up my mess! There's no more of that with the 1UPcard.

When it came to dipping the q-tips into a big bottle of rubbing alcohol I was always concerned with accidentally knocking the bottle over.  And I wasn't thrilled about having dirty Q-tips sitting around when all I wanted to do was start gaming. Also, rubbing alcohol will take the finish off of furniture. Just a little bump and I could have had a huge mess. On top of all that, I have three young kids and I didn't want them getting into any of that mess. So whenever I was looking for a dispenser, I wanted something that would slowly dose out the fluid, that had an easy cap, and that wasn't too big. Enter the oval dropper bottle. 

I designed the 1UPcard to be mess-free and convenient. It's reusable. It doesn't leave a mess. And it's easy to put away after cleaning up a game. The polypropylene felt pads are durable and long-lasting, even after using it on a batch of games. They may end up not looking too pretty, but the pads actually draw corrosion and grime down into them so the card is still effective.

I hope you love using the 1UPcard to clean your old cartridge games. It works for Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, N64, Atari, Neo Geo MVS and others. If you don't love it, tell me why and I'll work on a solution.

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