If you are looking for “how to clean a mousepad” on Google; probably you are a hardcore gamer or have a desk job, where mousepad use is very common.
In either case, nobody wants a gunky mousepad laying around your office laptop’s desk, or worst, the grime, dust, and stains on the mousepad are creating a nuisance for your mouse, and by extension: gameplay.
Let’s say, you want to clean your mousepad but do not know the proper way to wipe the dirt out of your pad. Worry not! We will guide you on how to clean a mousepad in a few simple, easy steps. While giving you all the right instructions which will help you to get a stain-free mousepad.
So, put your eyeballs and mind glued to the instructions below.
What Types of Mousepads Are There?
There are many. But most frequently used types of mousepads for daily, office, and gaming use are:
- Cloth or Fabric mousepad
- Plastic or Metal mousepad
- RGB or QCK Prism mousepad
How To Clean a Cloth/Fabric Mousepad
It is one of the most commonly used types of mousepads, called soft mousepads. This type of mousepad is made up of cloth and rubber. Before we get onto, the cleaning part and you need these…
Stuff you need to clean the cloth/fabric mousepad:
- Any good shop or dish soap (mild both)
- Soft good quality brush
- Clean towels
Now follow these steps:
- Take a bowl of warm, preferably cold water
- Mix in mild dish soap or shampoo
- Make a solution
- Soak in your mousepad
- Use a sponge to wipe out stains
- Put the soft bristle brush to do the final cleaning (DO NOT SCRUB TOO HARD)
- Carefully wash away all the suds on the back and front of the mousepad
- Take out the wet mousepad and leave it to dry (Make sure the mousepad dries well)
How To Clean a Mousepad: Plastic Mousepad
Plastic or Rubber mousepads aka ‘Hard Mousepads’. These kinds of mousepads need a different type of cleaning as compared to their counterpart: soft mousepads.
Supplies You Need:
- Microfiber cloth this time
- A cleaning spray or rubbing alcohol
- Utilize disinfectant wipes
Now get on to clean to some dirt:
- Spritz the cleaning spray on the surface of the mousepad (or you can make a solution of warm water and rubbing alcohol)
- Wipe the mousepad with a microfiber cloth or any in both cases
- You can also use a disinfectant wipe to wipe the germs out from your pad
Time to Clean an RGB Mousepad
RGB mousepads are a new fad in the computing world. They have RGB light under their pad which glows in dark. So, it is probably not a good idea to use any sort of liquid on it, let alone submerging it in the water. You have to take extra precautions with this type or else it will be good for nothing.
Thing(s) You Will Need
- Damp Cloth
Here is how to clean the pad:
- Slightly damp your cloth
- In a mixture of warm water and shampoo
- Wring the cloth as much as possible
- Apply smoothy to clean every grime
- Pat dry cloth on the surface to dry the pad
How To Clean a Mousepad Without Water?
There are ways to clean your mousepad without rinsing it with water.
Here they are:
- Hand Vacuums can make the dirt over your mousepad go away in seconds
- Sticky grimes? Try microfiber cloth
- Use a Compressed Air dusterto clear the dust
Can You Toss Your Mousepad into the Washing Machine?
Short Answer: You can.
However, a WARNING: Washing the pad in the washing machine might damage your mousepad.
Some things you should know (TO NOT DO) before going into the WASHING MACHINE option:
- Use cold water over hot
- Bleach is a STRICT NO
- The dryer is to a BIG NO
- Nopowerful detergent
Pro-Tip: Cleaned Your Mousepad? But How Often?
There is no general rule of thumb of how often you should clean your mouse. But if you are looking for a number—then it will be 3 to 4 times in a year—depending on your use.
Meanwhile, you should clean your mousepad as soon as it requires cleaning, plus NOW you know how to clean a mousepad too. So, that won’t be any problem for you now.