Do you have a mouse pad with a surface that is so dirty it’s causing your cursor to lag? If so, this post will help you clean it! This guide will go over the different types of mouse pads and how they should be cleaned. We’ll also talk about what not to do when cleaning your mouse pad!
What are Mouse Pads made of?
Mouse pads are typically made of a thin, flexible materials like lesser density rubber composites with fabric bonded to the upper surface. However, many other types of material may be used:
- silicone rubber
- stainless steel.
Some mouse pads also have magnets or an adhesive backing for increased stability that is especially useful while gaming.
In this guide we will cover most common types of common mouse pad materials: cloth vs metal vs gel, etc. We’ll discuss their pros and cons as well as provide some helpful tips to keep your playing surface clean and extend its life span.
When does my Mouse Pad need cleaning?
You should also make it a habit of cleaning your mouse pad after every session, especially if you’ve been playing competitively or in LAN parties..
To keep your pad clean simply follow best practices when setting up equipment for gaming: don’t play games while eating or drinking beverages near your desk and always have hand sanitizer nearby especially if playing at public locations.
How to clean a standard rubber Mouse Pad?
Some mouse pads are made of materials that can be wiped down with a damp cloth. These typically have an upper surface that is smooth to the touch, like standard rubber composites or soft plastic.
For these types of surfaces you simply need to wipe it down with mild soap and water on both sides until all visible dirt has been removed.
Place your mouse pad in a sink or, if it is big, in a bathtube. Pour in a solution of warm water and soap there. Wipe your pad with water and soap mixture to gently clean it and avoid harming the material.
Scrub any seriously filthy regions using a sponge or brush. It is critical to use a soft sponge and brush. Using strong tools may harm your pad. The secret to cleaning your mouse pad is to be as gentle as possible.
Rinsing your mouse pad with cold water will remove any suds or soap remaining on it. Once again, make sure the water is chilly to avoid damaging your mouse pad. Make sure there are no traces of soap after washing the pad.
Wipe the water with the soft cloth and let it dry completely.
Note. It’s best not to use any strong chemicals near your mouse since they may leave behind harmful residue which will interfere with its performance over time..
Cleaning Mouse Pads made from other materials
However, some people prefer using simple rubbing alcohol because it’s less likely than soap-and-water solution to damage delicate surfaces like wood veneer on high quality mouse pads.
- Adhesive Back
If your pad has an adhesive back then avoid using wet cloth as this will only make the adhesive weaker over time, causing it to lose its grip. In this case you should use a dry microfiber cloth and wipe down your mousepad with gentle motions from top toward bottom in straight lines.
Metal mouse pads are not rare among the gamers. Such pads require special care – do NOT use household cleaners or water. You should instead wipe down your pad with a microfiber cloth moistened in alcohol to remove any dust or finger oils that may settle on it during play.
Note. Using an abrasive cleaning agent on even smooth metal will leave behind scuffs which might interfere with tracking over time.
Gel-filled surfaces must also be cleaned more carefully than standard rubber composites because some chemicals can damage them badly. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface clean and avoid using any harsh cleaners like bleach or ammonia.
- Fabric, cloth and felt
Fabric mouse pads are those which have a cloth or felt surface. They also have a tendency to attract dust particles and hairballs. Such mouse pads can be cleaned by simply wiping them with a damp cloth and mild soap to remove any dirt without using water as this may cause the fabric/materials to lose their shape over time.
Note. Always clean in straight lines from top toward bottom – do not go back-and-forth as this might cause the fabric to fray.
Can I put a Mouse Pad in the washer or dryer?
You should not put your mouse pad in the washing machine or dryer. The cycle and temperature of a home washer and dryer is too hot! Especially for some types of mousepads, including those with special prints like LED lights, micro USB ports, or built-in speakers. We strong recommend only gently hand washing for most types of mousepads!
Follow Manufacturer’s Recommendations
We hope that in this post we have clarified all the questions regarding cleaning the mouse pad. Remember, before you start cleaning, you must determine what material your mousepad is made of. You may need to read the manufacturer’s recommendations for this. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to ask us in the comments below!