How to Clean a Mouse Pad

Almost everybody uses a mouse pad. Both at home and at work, mouse pads are a common feature of the typical desk landscape. There's even a good chance that you are using one right now! What you probably aren't doing however, is cleaning that mouse pad.

Here’s why you should be: Mouse pads are icky little germ collectors, hanging around under your hand, day after day, collecting a buildup of oils, shed skin cells, dirt particles, and other grimy nastiness. Yuck! Especially in a home or work setting where a mouse pad may be shared by several people. Double yuck!

So now that I've convinced you that you mouse pad is filthy and/or terrifying, what can you do about it? Follow these easy steps to clean and refresh your tired old mouse pad! Let's focus on cloth covered variety as those are the most adept at capturing germs. Let's get started!

What You Will Need:

 

Before cleaning your mouse pad, please note:  
Start by testing the dish soap on a small corner, then make sure you can easily rinse it out before cleaning the entire surface. Take care around the edges and corners while scrubbing, it's easy to accidentally loosen the fabric top from the padded bottom, which will result in unsightly, curled edges.

Here's What I Started With:

As you can see, my mouse pad was in serious need of cleaning! 

As you can see, my mouse pad was in serious need of cleaning! 

Step 1: Scrub-a-dub-dub!

Apply the soap to the cloth and use the tip of your finger to scrub the mouse pad. 

Apply the soap to the cloth and use the tip of your finger to scrub the mouse pad. 

Give a little extra attention to especially soiled areas 

Give a little extra attention to especially soiled areas 

Apply a small amount of gentle ZU Dishwashing Liquid to a wet Micro Cleaning Cloth. Under running water (to keep from getting the fabric surface too saturated with soap) start scrubbing your mouse pad. Pay special attention to any areas that look especially soiled, they will need extra scrubbing power. Make sure you don't miss any spots on the surface, you will notice a big difference in the colour when the mouse pad is dry again!

Step 2: Rinse, rinse, and rinse some more!

Don't be shy! Make sure all the soap gets rinsed out. 

Don't be shy! Make sure all the soap gets rinsed out. 

Once you are satisfied that the fabric surface is completely clean, you need to rinse your mouse pad extremely well. A thorough rinsing will remove all of the soap particles and prevent any residue from affecting the performance of your mouse.  

Step 3: Squeeze out excess water

Here’s where you find out if you did a good job during Step 1. Gently squeeze all of the excess water out of your mouse pad and inspect it for any missed spots. If you notice any that you did miss something, get back in there to spot clean that area and then rinse again. 

Step 4: Press dry

Using a clean, dry microfiber cloth, sop up all of the remaining water by pressing the towel down firmly onto the mouse pad - this will also absorb any soap that you missed, and will keep it from taking a long time to dry.

Step 5: Dry Overnight (just to be safe!)

Prop up your mouse pad to dry out overnight. Make sure to leave it leaning against something that will allow air flow on both sides. Once it is dry, you’ll be back up and running, minus the germ sandwich between your hand and your desk!

The Results: Before & After Comparison

As you can see from the "Before" on the left, a quick cleaning makes a significant difference  - this took less than 15 minutes. It's well worth doing, not only to maintain a clean workstation, but also to help extend the lifetime of your mouse pad!

*Disclaimer: Always test ZU Collection products on an inconspicuous spot prior to use. ZU Collection assumes no responsibility for damage that results from following this guide.