Do you feel like your accuracy and precision during the game is not what it used to be? There are only three culprits for that– it could be your gaming skills, a mouse defect, or your mouse pad needs cleaning.
You cannot prevent your mouse pad from getting dirty, especially after extended use. It can harbour dirt from your hands, spills, grease, sweat, or snack crumbs, if these things are left unattended on the mouse pad, it will ruin its longevity and a dirty mouse pad will affect your performance.
For that reason, you need to know how to make your mouse pad squeaky clean.
Determine the fabric of the mouse pad.
You cannot directly wash the mouse pad, you need to know the type of fabric to determine which method is best. Some mousepads are washable with washing machines, that’s why it is best to clean the mouse pad according to the type of fabric.
Get a bowl and fill it with hot water or soap.
Grab a bowl and fill it with warm water on the sink. Add hand soap and give it a swirl to mix it fully with water. If you do not have hand soap in the meantime, you can have some substitute for it like dish soap. Ensure that the soap you will use is softer and kinder to fabrics.
Soak the mouse pad.
You prepared a bowl and solution, ensure to put down the mouse pad and make it fully submerged. Let it sit for a few minutes to help remove unnoticeable grease and dirt that must have been absorbed into the mouse pad.
Give it a gentle rub.
It is time to get things done. After your mouse pad is soaked, you need to give it a rub with your hands. Use a soft bristle brush in cleaning the stained parts of your mouse pad. Remember, you have to be gentle on it to avoid damaging the surface fabric. Meanwhile, if your mouse pad has a graphic or illustration above it, be careful as rubbing can damage the design.
Rinse it well.
Gently rinse off the soap from the mouse pad with cold water. Ensure that there are no suds left on both sides.
Pat dry with a towel, then dry air your mouse pad.
Now, your mouse pad is clean and it only needs to dry up. Pat the mouse pad with a towel and let it absorb a few of the moisture. The best way to dry mouse pads is to air dry them or place them on a line-dry and let the sun do its duty.
But, if you are in a hurry to win the game and you do not have enough time to air dry the pad. Instead, use a hairdryer and set it to the lowest heat setting and it should not be too close to your mouse pad. Heat and mouse pad are not best friends when together they can damage the surface.
Are mousepads safe to wash in a washing machine?
Yes, if you are too lazy or busy cleaning your mouse pad by hand, you can wash your mouse pad in a washing machine. But you have to ensure that your mouse pad is made from these materials:
Since the mouse pad is made with these materials, you have to be careful in cleaning your mouse pad in a washing machine.
- You need to use mild and safe laundry detergent.
- Set the washer to cold water.
- Use the light cycle.
- Do not apply any bleach.
- Air pad your mouse pad. Do not attempt to put it in a dryer machine
If you will throw your mouse pad inside the dryer, it will be exposed to the heat and may cause damage to your mouse pad. If you are not confident of doing so, you can contact a laundry service company that offers special laundry services.
Can I hire a laundry service to clean my mouse pad?
If you do not have a washing machine at home, or you do not have the time to do it– yes, you may hire a laundry service to help you clean your mouse pad. Several laundry companies accept other special laundry services. You can make a drop-off of your mouse pad at the laundry shop or ask them to get your dirty mouse pad through their laundry pickup services. Although the staff is an expert in their field, you may include special instructions regarding your mouse pad.
Follow the simple steps on how to make your mouse pad squeaky clean. But, if you do not have time or you are lazy to do, you can drop off your mouse pad at a laundry service shop. A squeaky clean mouse pad will ensure that nothing is blocking your way to win the game.