How to (Easily) Clean Your Mousepad

Is your Mousepad starting to look a bit dirty and grimy? 😷 We gotchu.

Here's a quick and very simple guide on how to clean a mousepad (cloth mousepad) safely to keep it performing well and not ruin that sweet, sweet cloth surface.

Important: This guide is for cloth mousepads only, please do NOT use this method for mousepads with glass or specially coated surfaces 💀

We've broken the cleaning guide down into 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Whip the mousepad away from your mouse like a magician's tablecloth (may as well making a boring task fun, amirite?)

Step 2: Use a dry or slightly damp cloth to *gently* wipe the mousepad's surface. Don't use too much water as this can damage the pad

Step 3: If the mousepad is particularly dirty, sweaty or sticky, you can use a *mild* cleaning solution such as soap and water to gently scrub the surface. Make sure to rinse the pad thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before using it again

Step 4: For tougher stains, you may need to use a specialised cleaning solution or a paste made of baking soda and water. Rub the paste onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth

Step 5: If the mousepad has a rubber or silicone backing (most pads do these days), you can use a rubber cleaner or silicone lubricant to restore its grip and prevent it from sliding around on your desk

No matter which method you're using to clean your mousepad, make sure to allow it to dry completely before using it again to avoid damaging the surface, backing or fibres.

To wrap up, it's important to make sure to allow it to dry completely before using it again and avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials when cleaning it, as these can damage the surface or cause it to wear out much more quickly.

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