How to clean a mousepad? Mousepads are very underrated components in a pc user’s setup. No, they won’t make your PC run faster and, no, you can not use them to input instructions for your PC to carry out. Yet, they get used nearly as much as your keyboard and your mouse do. And, just like how it’s a good plan to clean the other components and peripherals in your system, it’s also a good plan to give your mousepad a good cleaning every now and again.
So in this article, we are going to go over a few different methods that how to clean a mousepad, ranging from simple and fast methods of washing them in your sink or your washing machine.
NOTE: The second and third methods laid out in this guide are only supposed for cloth-based mousepads.
How to Clean A Mousepad: 3 Simple Methods for A Clean MousePad
1. Ultra-Quick Method: Use A Baby Wipe, Sponge, or Damp cloth
I have had the same mousepad for quite a few years and it is never gotten so bad to where I have become disgusted with it and had to do a full-on cleaning of it. (Although, I have had to completely clean past mouse pads and we will discuss those methods further down within the post). A part of that is because I have been lucky enough to not spill anything on it, and the other part of it is that I often wipe it off with a baby wipe/damp cloth so nothing too significant will build up over time.
And really, if you are just looking to get off the dust, dandruff, hair, tiny food particles, etc. All you actually need to do is to give your mat a good wiping down. I use a baby wipe, however, even a damp rag/cloth or a sponge can work to freshen up your mousepad if it does not need a full cleaning.
Doing this quick-clean method on a daily basis can cut down on the need for full cleanings and it will work for both material mousepads and hard mousepads. However, if you have spilled something on your mousepad or there is an excessive quantity of stains, grime, or debris on that, you will want to try one of the two methods below.
2. Wash Your mousepad in a Sink
If you have spilled food or drink on your mousepad, or it’s just been too long since you have cleaned it and it’s not looking its best, you can simply do the following:
- Start filling your sink with warm water.
- Pour some dish soap in.
- Throw your mousepad into the soapy water.
- Let it soak for a bit to loosen up the dirt/food/debris.
- Using a scrub brush or a sponge, lightly go over the mouse pad within the water.
- Drain the sink and rinse the mousepad.
- Let the mousepad air dry overnight or use a hair dryer to try and speed up the method.
This method is simple, effective, and, aside from the drying time, won’t take too long. If you would like an even deeper cleaning you can try the method outlined below…
3. Clean Your mousepad in Your washing machine
If cleaning your mousepad in your sink with a bit of dish soap did not get all of the stains out, you can try throwing it within the washing machine and see if that will the trick.
- Throw your mousepad into your washing machine.
- Drop in a bit of laundry detergent/soap.
- Change your washing machine’s settings to a lighter cycle and confirm it won’t be using hot water.
- Let your washing machine do its thing.
- Pull the mousepad out and air dry it overnight or use a hair dryer to try and speed up the method.
While most mousepads are washing machine friendly, you might need to try cleaning it in your washing machine as a last result (unless you prefer to live dangerously). Running it through a washing machine could be a bit rougher of a process and if any of these methods would have a chance to ruin your mousepad, it might be this one. However, as long as you do not use hot water, the probabilities are that it will come out okay (and cleaner than ever) is pretty good.
How to clean your Mousepad:
Also for that matter, it is important to notice that you probably should not throw your mousepad in your dryer after you have cleaned it to try and speed up the drying method. Or, at least, if you do, make sure you turn the warm setting to low or even to the air dry setting. The excess quantity of heat from the dryer could melt the rubber backing on your mousepad or cause the glue that holds the rubber backing and the cloth-top along to break apart. Again, you may try to throw it in a dryer on a lower heat setting and that might be fine… but if you do not prefer to live dangerously, air drying it will be the least likely drying method to ruin your mousepad.
How do you Clean Your Mousepad?
In the grand scheme of things, cleaning your mousepad is a fairly simple and easy method. You can wipe it down if it is not too dirty and is not stained, or you will throw it in your sink or washing machine with some soap if it needs a more heavy cleaning. And, for the most part, those 3 methods should facilitate bring your mousepad back to life.
What about you, though? how do you clean your mousepad? If you have got some super top secret method for getting your mousepad looking brand new, share it with us in the comment section below!