You may be using a wireless or wired laser mouse and find that often it gets dirty with dust, grime, and other particles. This is not just unhealthy and unhygienic, but the grim and dust particles can shorten the lifespan of your mouse and also make scrolling a hassle.
It is thus important to know clean laser mouse to keep it free of dirt and germs, to prolong its life and to make the buttons and the sensor more responsive.
The procedure involves steps such as disconnecting the laser mouse and removing the batteries (for a wireless one). Then come to the cleaning and disinfecting process using easily available items. Once done you dry the mouse before inserting the batteries, reconnecting it to the computer, and resume using it.
With that, we will also elaborate on the importance of regular cleaning of the peripheral.
How to Clean Laser Mouse?
With the use of easily available items and regular cleaning practices, you can ensure your laser mouse remains in a great usable state. Here’s how:
Items You Will Need:
To clean your laser mouse effectively whether it’s a wired or wireless one, you need the following items:
- Paper Towels
- Soft Lint-Free Cloths
- Water Spray Bottle
- Canned Air
- Alcohol Wipes or Rubbing Alcohol or Mild Dish Detergent
The cleaning process is based around four major steps namely:
- Precautions to Take Before Cleaning
- The Basic Cleaning Process of the Laser Mouse
- Thorough Cleaning and Disinfecting Process
- The Post Cleaning Process
Step 1: Precautions to Take Before Cleaning
- If you are using a wired laser mouse, power off your computer and unplug the mouse from the USB port. It’s necessary to do so before the cleaning process so that you don’t get any electrical shock.
- If you are using a wireless laser mouse, just remove the batteries.
- Your wireless laser mouse may also have a power button. You can usually find this on the mouse’s bottom along with the section for batteries. Turn it off to stop the mouse from transmitting and making use of the battery.
Step 2: The Basic Cleaning Process:
- Hold the mouse in your hands and look over the pads on the four corners at the bottom. There could be dust, lint, hair, and other particles accumulating over there.
- Clean them with a dry paper towel or soft lint-free cloth and remove the lint and unwanted particles by utilizing a toothpick. If dirt is still left, you can remove them with your fingernail.
- If the dirt is remaining and not removable with your fingernail or toothpick you can make use of a paper towel or soft cloth that is made slightly wet with water. You can do this by spraying few drops of water on a paper towel or soft cloth with a spray bottle.
- Dry the pads with another paper towel.
- Use a toothpick to gently reach the tiny hard to reach areas on the top and bottom of the mouse. This includes the crevices around the buttons and the scrolling wheel. It will help to bring out filthy or sticky particles that may be difficult to remove.
- You must ensure not to use the toothpick on the mouse’s sensor.
- If you have a compressed canned air you can use it to bring out the remaining dirt. This can be done by blowing air into the corners and tiny spots slowly so that the smaller particles and dust that may have settled between the corners are removed.
Step 3: Thorough Cleaning and Disinfecting Process
Slightly dampen a lint-free cloth (with water) and use it to clean your mouse gently and thoroughly to remove dirt all over.
Then use an alcohol wipe to clean and disinfect the body of the laser mouse thoroughly. Alternatively, you can use a lint-free cloth sparsely dampened in rubbing alcohol or a mixture of mild dish detergent and warm water for cleaning and disinfection.
The cloth should not be too much dampened otherwise it may introduce moisture in the mouse. You should not use wipes or cloth in the battery section in the case of a wireless laser mouse.
Use a Q-tip to remove the dust around the laser sensor. Do this gently and don’t press it very hard.
Dry the mouse’s body with a dry soft cloth or paper towel. Also, give the mouse some time to dry completely.
Step 4: The Post Cleaning Process
- When you are sure that the laser mouse has dried and there is no moisture or liquid left, reconnect to the USB port in case of a wired one.
- For a wireless variant, insert the batteries and turn the power button on. Then turn the computer on.
- Resume using your clean laser mouse.
Why Clean Your Laser Mouse Regularly?
According to Forbes.com, computer peripherals like keyboard and mice carry more germs than a toilet seat!
Hence cleaning your peripherals is not just neat but critical for your hygiene.
Essentially, if you make a habit of cleaning peripherals like the laser mouse, it would ensure that they remain in good working condition and lead to an increase in their lifespan.
We like to point out that dirt, dust, grime, or other particles especially in the sensor area of the laser mouse could lead to unsmooth and erratic pointer movement on the screen.
This could badly affect your computer usage and lead to annoyances. You can clean the area around the sensor as described above and see if the pointer problem is fixed.
If you haven’t probably cleaned your laser mouse for a long-time, chances are it may be filled with dust and other particles already. Therefore, you should take care of it and clean it regularly.
Why Keep Your Laser Mouse Free of Germs?
A laser mouse and other computer peripherals are the factories for germs that many people don’t realize. We use them regularly and occasionally clean and disinfect them.
Even bothering is that a laser mouse is often shared among people which leads to the spread of harmful germs and in turn infectious diseases.
Therefore, it’s important to follow proper cleaning procedures and disinfect your accessories and peripherals often.
You can use alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol for disinfecting your mouse and the method for it is described above.
We are hopeful that this article on how to clean laser mouse would be beneficial to you both in the short-term and long-term.
Once you are into the cleaning procedure and make it a regular practice, it would help you to restore your peripherals to pristine condition and could solve many of the hardware issues like buttons not pressing properly or the sensor not tracking well.
Note that the cleaning procedure would not take much of your time. It would also protect you and your family and colleagues from harmful agents.