Whether you use your computer for work or play, there’s no doubt you rely on a mousepad.
Without it, your mouse would be nowhere near as functional as it should be; not to mention the fact that the desk, table, or whatever other surface you use it on would be totally damaged.
Whenever you use your computer, you use the mousepad, too. So, you’re constantly using that little pad that your mouse glides across.
With so much use, it’s exposed to tons of sweat, skin cells, oil, and anything else that’s on your hands.
Needless to say, overtime, a mouse pad can become pretty gross, to put it mildly.
All that dirt and grime can reduce its effectiveness, as the sensor on your mouse may not be able to make a clear connection with the surface of the pad.
Therefore, it might be time to clean your mousepad. Here’s how:
Step by Step Guide on How to Clean a Mousepad:
- Fill up a vessel with warm water, such as a sink or a bowl that the pad can fit in.
- Add a few drops of mild dish detergent or hand soap.
- Mix the water and detergent or soap together until it’s nice and bubbly.
- Place your mousepad in the soapy water.
- Leave to soak and allow the soapy water to penetrate through the mousepad.
- Using a clean, non-abrasive sponge, gently rub the sponge over the surface of the pad. Use a bit of elbow grease on problem areas, such as stains.
- Remove the mousepad from the soapy water.
- Rinse the pad under clean water. Make sure that you thoroughly rinse it out; you don’t want to leave any soap behind.
- Lay out the mousepad in a secure area so it can dry out. The ideal location has good airflow and light exposure, although be careful of direct sunlight as it could get too hot.
- Use a clean towel or absorbent paper towels and pat the mousepad down to remove any excess moisture.
- Allow the pad to sit until it’s totally dry; usually 24 to 36 hours should do it.
And there you have it! With a few super simple steps, you can get your mousepad fresh and clean.
Some mousepads are also machine washable. However, make sure to set the washing machine to cold, use a light cycle as it is delicate and a small amount of detergent.