The average person spends about 9 hours each day using their computer. Sadly, all that time can be for naught if your mouse pad is dirty or has gotten wet. This has the potential to impact everything from your desk’s surface to your keyboard and computer itself.
So if you’re worried about what might happen if water got inside of your mouse, check out this post! A simple spill might make a big difference in the quality of both your work and life in general.
How To Clean A Mouse
First things first, you’ll need to get your hands on some isopropyl alcohol. This is basically rubbing alcohol used for cleaning, so chances are you already have some on hand! On that note, before beginning your cleaning process, make sure that the mouse is unplugged and the battery compartment is empty.
Once you’re absolutely certain everything’s off of your mouse pad (and hardware), simply pour the alcohol onto the surface of the pad itself. The idea here is to make sure that it covers plenty of area; ideally all of it. Then let it sit for anywhere between 5-10 minutes.
Whether it’s been a couple of hours or a few days, the point is to let it soak for as long as possible. For really stubborn stains, you might want to do this a second time.
As a side note, if you use a mouse pad that has cloth backing, you’ll probably want to remove the cloth before starting the process. Once you’ve poured your alcohol onto the cloth surface, don’t forget to clean it as well! Plain old water is usually sufficient for this.
When you’re finished with either of those steps, make sure that all of your electronics are still disconnected from the computer.
Make sure the solution has had time to soak into the pad and then begin wiping away any gunk that’s on the surface. You can use either a cloth or another mouse pad for this purpose. Just make sure that whatever you use is dry before plugging your mouse back in!
Remember, this is only for cleaning the top layer of grime. If you’re worried about grime underneath, there are plenty of tutorials out there explaining how to clean your mouse, so delve into those if you need more advice.