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Cleaning Your Mouse

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Date Posted: March 25, 2002

It amazes me how many people don't clean their mouse. I constantly get calls here in our office about mice not being responsive, or odd clicking sounds whenever they move the mouse. When asked if they've cleaned the mouse, I'm usually met with blank stares, or silence if on the phone.

For anyone who is still using a standard ball mouse, monthly cleaning can make a big difference in their mouse performance. It only takes a few minutes, and if you haven't done this before, I guarantee you'll notice a difference afterwards.

The Victim

I still use my Boomslang 2000 for the occasional game, and like any ball mouse, it does get dirty. The problem is actually compounded for the Boomslang, because, since the mouse has such a high sensitivity, the slightest amount of dirt can throw off your aim. The manufacturers claim the mouse keeps dirt off better than others, but I question that claim, as I seem to have to clean the mouse every 2 weeks.

Step 1: Clean the ball

Whenever I remove the mouse ball from the mouse, I'm always shocked at some of the stuff I find. Sure, dust and lint are present, but I've encountered grime, coffee stains (!), and just some weird stuff that I can't even describe. Thankfully, I keep my Boomslang clean, so all we have here is dust.

Depending on how dirty the mouse is, you may have to actually use soap and water. It's totally safe. Just make sure the ball is dry before reinserting it. I prefer dish soap in these cases, since they're designed to cut grease away, and this'll insure that nothing is left on the mouse. You can either let it air dry, or use a lint free cloth.




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