As always, before cleaning up your computer please review the computer cleaning safety tips.
Why clean your computer mouse?
It is probably the piece of computer equipment needing the most frequent cleaning. Dust, spilled food and drink frequently find their way unto the computer pad or surface the mouse is rolled on, where it is promptly rolled up unto the mouse ball. From there it collects inside the mouse on the little rollers that are supposed to turn freely in order to move your pointer in the x and y directions on the computer screen. When sticky liquids and dirt particles prevent the ball or rollers from moving, you know it's past time to clean the computer mouse.
First, get some supplies:
- Soft, lint-free cloths
- Q-Tips or foam swabs
- Canned, compressed air
- Isopropyl alcohol
How to maintain your computer mice in eight simple steps
STEP 1: Disconnect the mouse cable from the back of the computer case.
STEP 2: Lightly dampen a cleaning cloth with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the outside of the computer mouse and mouse pad. If you are concerned about damaging the plastic, dilute the alcohol 50:50 with water or use a mild detergent solution instead.
STEP 3: Remove the bottom cover of the mouse. To do this, turn it over and note the directional arrows that indicate the direction of rotation, or how to slide it off. Press with your fingers in the direction of the arrows and then turn the mouse right side up, letting the cover and mouse ball drop into your hand.
STEP 4: Wipe the computer mouse ball with a lint-free cloth dampened with isopropyl alcohol. Put it aside.
STEP 6: Replace the mouse ball and cover.
STEP 7: Wipe the mouse cord. Lightly dampen a cleaning cloth with mild soap solution and gently pull the cord through the cloth. Too tight a grip may damage it. Dry the cord with a dry cloth.
STEP 8: Plug the mouse back into the computer.
Cleaning your computer is essential to keep your data safe and extend the life of your equipment.
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