How to Clean a Mousepad

Have a look at your humble mousepad. This little foam marvel provides the space for your mouse to rest on and a good surface for moving across. However, it also collects specks of dead skin, oil and dirt. If it's gray and grimy, it's time for a bath.

Steps

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    Check out what your mousepad is made of. Usually it will be a spongy foam, covered with either a finely knit fabric or a plastic top.
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    Clean it according to the type of surface.

    • If the surface is fabric, try rubbing gently with a moist washcloth or rag and a bit of shampoo. Shampoo is a mild cleaner that's gentle on most fabrics and on skin, plus you already have it.
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    • If your mousepad is plastic-covered, use any mild spray household cleaner and a cloth or sponge. Dish soap or shampoo will work just as well.
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    Rinse all the cleaner off the mousepad.
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    Pat the outside of the mousepad dry.
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    Allow the mousepad to dry thoroughly. Let it dry all the way through the foam before returning it to your desk.

Tips

  • If your mousepad is coming apart, or is hopelessly stained, it is time to replace it.
  • While you wait for your mousepad to dry, take the opportunity to clean the gunk out from around your mouse ball and out from under your mousepad, too.

Warnings

  • Leave the mousepad extra time to dry if your desk surface is wooden.
  • Just in case your fabric mousepad is not colorfast, get only a corner of it wet at first.
  • Do not put your mouse back on a wet mousepad; wait for the pad to dry thoroughly first.
  • Use a washcloth, towel, or rag that you don't mind getting dirty.

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Categories: Hardware Maintenance and Repair