If you’ve had your mouse pad for quite some time, you’ll know that keeping it clean can prove to be rather challenging. The usual wear and tear excuse may spring to mind due to its regular use.
Other factors that may have affected its “brand new” appeal may be through accidentally dropping food onto the mouse pad, spilling liquids, or other grit that shouldn’t necessarily ever get onto a mouse pad.
Not to worry, you are only human and lucky for you, we’ve got a trick to help clean your mousepad to a state close to brand new.
The only drawback with this method is that although it does a superb job in cleaning, if your mouse pad has print on it, the print on your mouse pad may wear off slightly or completely.
But then again, it does beat paying another $30 for a brand new mouse pad just to have some design prints on it.
The basics of our method is similar to washing any other piece of fabric such as a sofa cushion or a floor mat. So if you’re familiar with the daily chores of keeping your home clean, it should be rather easy and straightforward to grasp.
You may not be aware that each type of soap has a different property. For example, what you may use as a carpet cleaner is designed to remove those extremely tough and stubborn stains from fabric material.
In other words, it’s an aggressive worker.
Other cleaners such as dish soap is meant to actively work against grease and oil stains from both tables and plates. It’s gentler in nature and works against oil-based stains.
Due to the different properties both of these cleansers have, it is an ingenious method to combine both as they provide the flawless balance of not being overly aggressive and not being too gentle at the same time.
Cleaners you use for your clothing such as fabric softeners or laundry washing liquid may be worth a shot since the purpose is to clean clothes with print and designs on them.
We imagine that based on this application, it probably would do a decent job for cleaning your mouse pad.
To try out this method, simply soak your mouse pad in a bucket with some hotter than lukewarm water (but not to the extent of boiling hot) as well as some drizzles of clothing soap as you see fit.
Allow the mouse pad to sit in the solution for a half hour to an hour, take it out the bucket and squeeze it dry, then leave it to hang somewhere to air dry.
If you’re more on the careful side, you could simply just use moderately warm water without the addition of any soap to soak your mouse pad.
For mouse pads with prints on them, approach with more care to not rub on the print as the abrasion may enable the prints to come off easier.
Once you’ve left the mouse pad to soak for a while in the moderately warm water (we recommend again using the half hour to an hour mark), hang it to air dry.
We do not advise squeezing dry any mouse pads with prints on them as the action of squeezing may cause abrasions that would make it easier for the prints to wear off.
It is useful to note that mouse pads that are thinner are easier to wash due to having less fabric.
Here are the following steps to follow when using fabric cleaners:
- To start, soak the mouse pad in a sink with the hottest temperature of water you are able to withstand touching. Of course, take care to not burn yourself.
- You will notice that once you start filling up the sink with water, there will be plenty of air bubbles floating up. Mouse pads are filled with air pockets so you have to make sure that you rub the hot water deep into the fabric of your mouse pad.
- It’s time to add in the Sonax, Vanish, or other fabric cleaner that you decided to go with. When judging how much to use, it’s all about personal preference and guesstimation. So have a little fun with your estimation skills on this step.
- Next, you will notice a lot of foam rising. Sonax, for example, performs two jobs at the same time – firstly, to loosen up any grease or dirt and secondly, to get it off the mouse pad.
- Leave your mouse pad in the sink in a while allowing it to bask in the soapy goodness of the fabric cleanser. Follow the instructions on your fabric softener (if there are any), for example, the instructions for Sonax state that you should only allow the solution to sit for approximately 3 to 5 minutes. For mouse pads that have thin fabric, leaving the solution to set for a minute or two will normally be good enough.
- Depending on how dirty your mouse pad is, you may decide to help a little by rubbing the mouse pad’s fabric.
- Rinse off the foam with some lukewarm water. If you still think that the mouse pad is a little too dirty for your liking, repeat the steps above again. If not, move on to the next step.
- Once you’ve gotten rid of all the foam and you’re of the opinion that the mouse pad looks clean enough, squeeze the mouse pad dry (avoid this step if you are particular about losing any print design on your mouse pad). If it still feels soapy, run warm water over it until it feels clean.
- Once the mouse pad feels clean and up to your standards, hang it out to air dry.
After giving your mouse pad a good thorough wash, all of your old sweat, dead skin, and other leftover debris will no longer be visible on the mouse pad.