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How to Keep Your Computer's Mouse Clean

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Things You Need:

  • Lint-free cloth
  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol

A clean and sanitary desktop is both pleasing to the eye and hygienic. By cleaning your computer equipment frequently, you can promote a neater, healthier workspace. Keyboards and mice require more frequent cleaning since they are handled more often, usually by several people. Follow the steps below to get your computer mouse clean quickly.

Cleaning Your Mouse:

  1. Remove the trackball from the bottom of your mouse. (If you have an optical mouse, skip to Step 5.) Twist and pull off the plastic cover holding the mouse trackball in place. Take care not to lose any pieces. You may need to give your mouse a gentle shake to free the ball.

  2. Clean inside the mouse. Take a cotton swab and run it along the inside of your computer mouse, picking up any lint or dust. Pay special attention to the rollers or other sensors inside the mouse, taking care not to press to hard on them. Clean the inner surface of the trackball's plastic cover, too.

  3. Wipe down the trackball. A clean trackball will roll smoothly without jumping. Moisten the cloth with a small amount of isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the trackball. Then dry the ball with a lint-free cloth before replacing it.

  4. Re-insert the trackball into the mouse. Flip the mouse back over and place the ball inside. Fit the plastic cover on and twist it securely into place. Test the mouse by rolling it around on the desktop.

  5. Wipe down the body of your mouse. Using the alcohol, thoroughly wipe the surface of the mouse, paying close attention to the buttons and scroll wheel. If you have an ergonomic mouse, with lots of curves and crevices, use cotton swabs to clean hard-to-reach areas. If you want to clean a sensor on an optical mouse, gently use a cotton swab, dabbed with rubbing alcohol. Wipe down the mouse cord as well, unless you have a wireless mouse.

  6. Remember to check your mouse pad. You may also want to clean the mouse pad, which can accumulate dust and oil that will transfer to your mouse.

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