Let’s run through the step-by-step guide to cleaning your mousepad. The steps below pertain to soft mousepads rather than hard mousepads or RGB mouse mats. We’ll touch on those after covering the more common styles.
1. Gather Your Supplies
You’ll need a few supplies on hand to thoroughly clean your mousepad, but don’t worry, you won’t need anything too fancy. You’ll need some water: You may need to alternate with warm water, cold water, and hot water, and a sink or small bucket is recommended for rinsing in between getting the dirt and grime removed.
You’ll also need soap: Dish soap is preferred, but in a pinch, you can use hand soap or mild detergent. After that, grab a clean, soft cloth —several types can work for this purpose, but a microfiber cloth is often best.
Other supplies to have on hand include a toothbrush or other soft bristle brush, a dry and damp cloth, and disinfectant wipes.
2. Clean Your Mouse
Before you clean your mousepad, gently wipe down the mouse with disinfectant wipes. Let it air dry, and then give it a second wipe down with the same wipes that kill germs and let it sit until dry once again.
Our hands touch a wide variety of germs daily, and we inadvertently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth and spread germs further, so you can imagine how many germs can end up on a mouse, especially one that’s used daily.
3. Shampoo the Mousepad
The first part of the actual cleaning process involves giving your mousepad a nice rinse and a shampoo. With a mild soap, detergent, or hand soap, use suds and soapy water to remove most dirt and germs. You can use warm water for this.
4. Check for Stains and Debris
Once you’ve removed the surface dirt, check for any stains or other debris that are stubbornly clinging to your mousepad. Using a toothbrush or any soft brush can loosen dirt or debris.
Note: Some fabric or cloth mousepads tend to absorb stains faster and more easily than hard surface options (like plastic mousepads).
5. Rinse Again
Rinse the mousepad with hot water and repeat step #2.
6. Wipe Away Stains and Soak
Use disinfectant wipes to gently wipe stubborn stains, and let the mousepad soak in warm water for five to ten minutes. Rinse with cool water.
7. Air Dry
Allow the mousepad to air dry on a towel. If you air dry it outside, be sure not to have it in direct sunlight to prevent the colors from fading.