Mousepads are an integral part of any computer setup. Whether you’re using it at home or in the office, your mouse’s sensitivity can be affected by dirt or wear on the surface of your mousepad, so it’s important to keep yours clean and fresh looking. Follow these steps to keep your mousepad clean and working smoothly.
Step 1: Collect all the items you will need
Before you start cleaning your mousepad, gather the following materials: a vacuum cleaner with a small attachment, a lint roller, scissors, tape, a clean cloth, and water. If you have any of these items at home already, great! If not, don’t worry, they are all inexpensive and easy to find.
Step 2: Gather cleaning supplies
You’ll need a soft cloth, some distilled water, and either isopropyl alcohol or vinegar. If you’re using isopropyl alcohol, make sure it’s at least 70% alcohol; anything less won’t disinfect effectively. Vinegar is a good natural alternative, but it can damage some surfaces, so test it on a small area first.
Step 3: Dampen your cloth in warm water
Start by damping your cloth in warm water. You don’t want the water to be too hot, as this could damage your mousepad. Next, gently rub the cloth over the surface of the mousepad. Be sure to go in a circular motion to avoid damaging the material. If there are any stubborn stains, you can use a mild soap. Once you’re finished cleaning, make sure to rinse off any soap with warm water. Finally, allow your mousepad to air dry completely before using it again.
Step 4: Gently rub at the surface of the mousepad
To clean your mousepad, start by unplugging your mouse and lifting the mousepad off of the surface it’s on. Next, take a look at the surface of the mousepad. If there are any big pieces of dirt or debris, gently pick them off. Once you’ve removed any big pieces, it’s time to start cleaning the surface of the mousepad itself. Gently rub at the surface of the mousepad with a damp cloth until you’ve removed all of the dirt and grime. If your mousepad is particularly dirty, you may need to use a mild soap. Be sure to rinse off any soap residue before using your mousepad again.
Step 5: Rinse with clean water
If you have a machine-washable mousepad, you can put it in the washing machine on a delicate cycle. Be sure to air dry the mousepad or put it in the dryer on the lowest heat setting to prevent damage. If you don’t have a machine-washable mousepad, spot clean it with mild detergent and water. Rinse the mousepad thoroughly with clean water to remove any soap residue.
Step 6: Lay flat on a dry towel to air dry
You should always let your mousepad air dry after cleaning it. This will help prevent any mildew or bacteria from growing on the pad. Plus, it will help keep the fabric from getting damaged. Lay your mousepad flat on a dry towel and set it in a well-ventilated area to dry.