Your mouse pad improves the usability of your mouse, making it more accurate and without jitter. While some mice don’t require a mouse pad, some users, such as gamers, continue to use them for their smooth surfaces, giving them an in-game advantage. Whether you are a gamer or not, you should consider cleaning your mouse pad from time to time. While mouse pads rest on your work surface, they can collect dust, dirt, and other particles.
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Cleaning a mousepad
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What you need
- The mouse pad you want to clean
- Household dish soap
- A cloth or soft brush (such as a toothbrush)
- Tap water
How to clean a mouse pad
Step 1: Place your mouse pad on a flat surface to clean it.
Step 2: Wet your cloth with warm water from the tap and then wring it out so that it is damp. If using a soft brush, wet the bristles under the warm water.
Step 3: Put a small amount of dish soap on your cloth or brush.
Step 4: Touch the cloth or brush to the surface of the mouse pad and start scrubbing with a small circular motion; this process may take a while.
Step 5: When you are satisfied with the cleanliness of your mouse pad, run the entire mouse pad out of the sink under cool running water to remove soap and dirt.
Step 6: Use a dry towel to dry your mouse pad; If necessary, allow the mouse pad to air dry before using it again with your computer.
How not to clean your mouse pad
When cleaning a mouse pad, you may be tempted to create a few shortcuts, but be warned that many mouse pads can get damaged if handled too roughly. While it may seem like a good idea at first, don’t put your mouse pad in a washing machine, dishwasher or microwave; these devices can be too aggressive with your soft mouse pad. In addition, avoid using a tumble dryer, hair dryer or other heat source to speed up the drying process, as many mouse pads contain plastic that can melt under these conditions.