Whether your mouse pointer is freezing, performing poorly, or simply looking a bit dirty on your table, this could indicate that your mousepad needs to be cleaned. To clean a pad, you do not need a lot of training or experience. There are, however, a few things you have to consider when clean an RGB mousepad, especially if it is an RGB mousepad that is enclosed in a case.
The RGB mousepads can be divided into two types, known as hard micro-textured mousepads and fiber-based or cloth-based mousepads that have a softer surface in terms of fibers or cloth. A mousepad with a cloth may also be more effective than a hard surface mousepad when it comes to capturing dust and oils from the hands of the user. It is therefore necessary to clean each of them differently in order to get the best results.
We will be providing you with a step-by-step guide on how to clean your RGB mousepad, whether it is a hard mousepad or a cloth mousepad, in this article.
Is Cleaning an RGB Mousepad Safe?
In general, both non-RGB mousepads and RGB mousepads have a rubber base and, on top of that, are covered with soft material.
All clothing, regardless of the material, is safe for cleaning, and a mousepad that has been made from these materials will not be any different. The rubber surface of the pad is even waterproof, so there is no risk of water being retained by it due to its waterproof properties.
A RGB mousepad, on the other hand, is composed of many electronic components and wires. Hence, you will have to be careful to avoid splashing any water on the very sensitive parts of your body in an attempt to avoid further damage.
A rubber pad that is used in conjunction with hot water is also quite likely to be damaged in the process. There is no question that cleaning an RGB mouse pad is totally safe if you don’t take care of these things, followed by gentle cleaning.
How to Clean an RGB Mousepad?
It is imperative that you disconnect your RGB mousepad from your system before you begin to clean it in order to avoid any electric shocks from happening. In addition to the water, make sure you gather all the equipment you will need, such as a brush, dryer, sponge, and anything else you might need. Having the mousepad dry faster will prevent the pad from coming into contact with water for an extended period of time.
Now that we have the RGB mousepad cleaned, let’s move on to cleaning it as soon as possible.
How to Clean an RGB Mousepad without a fabric surface?
It will be best to steer clear of using any cleaning agents or soaps if your RGB mousepad does not have a microfiber or cloth surface. The surface might be damaged if it is not used properly. Now that we know what the process entails, let’s get into it.
A roller that is used for cleaning
A Clean Cloth or Sponge
An alternative to Isopropyl Alcohol is Hydrogen Peroxide
Water that is clean
Towels for drying
Remove the Dust
There is a possibility that dust has accumulated over the RGB mousepad. It is important to use a cleaning roller on your surface if it is very dirty in order to eliminate all the dirt from it. You should use a gentle roller motion over your surface to remove all dirt from it. Once you have done this, you will not be able to see any foreign matter left on the surface.
There is a possibility that dust particles may accumulate in the gaps between the RGB lights on your mousepad since those edges have heightened edges. The dust can be removed from the gaps with a toothbrush or with any other item that is similar to vacuuming. Please be very careful when using the brush with its pointed hairs to not damage the surface in any way.
Remove any Stain
It is true that sometimes, our hands are packed full of dirt, oils, and food stains, which are then transferred onto the mousepad as they are moved around. A clean cloth or sponge should be applied to the stain and rubbed gently with some isopropyl alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to remove the stain.
In addition to removing the stains and oils to a good extent, the isopropyl alcohol also gives the pad a nice fragrance while it is being used. All of the stains will be removed if you do this.
Wash With a Soaked Cloth or Sponge
In order to make sure that the hard surface is completely cleaned with a cloth soaked in water, we do not use any cleaning agent. This can be done by following the steps below:
In order to clean the microfiber cloth or sponge, soak it in water for a couple of minutes.
The water should almost all be squeezed out by squeezing it.
To remove any remaining stains and dust on the mousepad, gently wipe it with a damp cloth or sponge as needed. In order to prevent water from entering into the electronics, be extra careful when wiping the edges.
A clean, dry towel should be used to wipe the mousepad.
It is recommended that the mousepad be allowed to dry in the shade.
Warning: If exposed to sunlight for an extended period of time, the material may become damaged.
It is recommended that you allow the mousepad to dry before reconnecting it to your computer and enjoying the RGB lighting and improved performance of your mouse.
How to Clean an RGB Mousepad with a Fabric on Top?
The use of RGB mousepads with cloths on top tends to attract a great deal more dust and oil than the use of RGB mousepads without the cloth on top. This makes it harder for you to clean them properly.
In order to begin removing dirt and stains, you can follow the same instructions as above in order to remove them as quickly as possible. It is now time for us to go ahead and clean it thoroughly.
Wash With Soap and Damp Cloth
Due to the fact that the cloth surface of the mousepad can become dirty over time, we will be cleaning the mousepad with mild soap. In the following step, we will move on to the steps for washing the pad after the dust has been removed and any stains have been removed.
In a spray bottle, add warm water to a mix of soap and water and spray it on the affected area. The soapy water should be sprayed lightly on the mousepad without getting in contact with its edges.
In the absence of one, you should soak a clean, soft cloth in a solution of soapy water for a while. As much water as possible from the cloth should be squeezed out by gently squeezing it, so that the cloth is just damp.
Wipe the mousepad carefully with the cloth until all the dirt has been removed from the pad.
The cloth should be rinsed with clean water to remove any soap that may have gotten on it. It can be dampened by squeezing it.
To remove soap from the mousepad, wipe it again with this piece of cloth to make sure it is free from soap.
As soon as the leathery texture goes away, repeat the process until the soap no longer has that leathery texture.
After the mousepad has been thoroughly dried, gently wipe away any remaining moisture by using a dry towel.
Let the mouse pad dry completely in the shade, and keep it away from direct sunlight.
Can I Wash the Mousepad on Washing Machine?
Almost all manufacturers of mousepads will tell you that they can be washed using a washing machine. It resulted in the rubber base of the washing machine getting bent as a result of use, as well as the cloth possibly getting bent or twisted by use of the washing machine, as a result of using a washing machine.
Further, the heat generated by the machine can also result in the fiber and rubber adhesives becoming damaged due to the heat generated.
Due to the presence of electronics in your RGB mousepad, it is strongly advised not to wash your mousepad in the washing machine.
Can I Use Hot Water to Clean the Mousepad?
Water should be lukewarm, and never should you use hot water when you are washing your hands. In the event of water being used, the rubber and fabric may be damaged. Rubber backing can be affected by anything that is hot.
Lints may develop in your fabric and it may not be as smooth as it used to be. The mouse and its sensor can be damaged as a result of a damaged surface.
How to Remove the Funky Smell and Stain From the Mousepad?
It is possible to get rid of the smell that your mousepad gives off by using a fabric deodorant or lavender oil if you wish to get rid of the smell. It is also possible to remove the stains using baking soda if you do not have isopropyl alcohol available.
Can You Wash RGB MousePad?
There is a simple answer to that question: NO. The RGB mouse pad should never be submerged in water, unlike the non-RGB models.
It is important to know that RGB micepads have LEDs and electric boards surrounding them, so you don’t want to expose these parts to liquids like water, so the RGB mousepad should never be washed by hand or put into the washing machine.
There is a risk that you will break the RGB part of the monitor. However, if you are okay with taking that risk (though it is highly recommended that you don’t), you can follow the instructions below:
It is important to keep in mind that after completing the process, you will need to make sure that the RGB light is turned on only after the mousepad has completely dried.
Take the mousepad control board out of the mousepad and remove it
Whenever you are washing a rug, use cold to warm water in both the bathtub and sink. Do not use hot water, which can damage the fibers in your rug.
To make the water more soapy, add a few drops of mild detergent or soap.
Take your mousepad and submerge it into the water for a few minutes before removing it.
Make sure to thoroughly scrub both surfaces with a soft brush, foam, or even your hands if possible.
Clean the desk mat by rinsing it thoroughly. Ensure that you have removed all of the soap from the sink.
After 48 hours of air drying, you should be able to use it.
NOTE: Please adhere to this rule when cleaning your RGB mouse pad. To prevent damage to your mat, don’t let it dry in direct sunlight.
How Often To Clean RGB Mouse Pads?
The dirt and dust on mousepads is not always visible, especially if they are dark, but they do accumulate with time. For most people, I would recommend washing one’s hard desk mat, cloth mousepad, or rubber mouse pad every two to three months if they use hard desk mats or cloth and rubber mousepads.
Also, if you are using a cloth mouse pad, it would be helpful if you scratched different areas of the mouse pad with your nails; if nothing happened, then the mouse pad is clean. If you notice dust and dirt emerging on the surface and scratch lines appearing on the surface, it is time to clean it, so after you start to lift it up, you will notice dust and dirt appearing.
In contrast, if you use leather or suede, then you must make sure that you keep it clean at all times. Leather is not a material that is particularly easy to clean with water, so it is important to use water sparingly in cleaning leather.
As soon as all cleaning processes have been completed,
The following are some tips you can use to make sure your mousepad stays clean all the time.
How To Keep RGB Mouse Pads Clean?
Keep Your Overall Setup Clean
Keep all your setup surfaces and electronic devices clean so that you can maintain the cleanliness of your RGB mousepad. Therefore, you should try to wipe off all the dust that has accumulated on your setup every other day.
I’m sure you’re aware that following the methods described in this article will significantly improve your chances of maintaining a more orderly setup and, therefore, a more orderly mousepad.
Avoid Spilling Drinks
Hot coffee? Cold soda? Water? You name it, I’ve done it; I’ve done it all
The truth is, even though I may spill out a cup of water or a cup of coffee on my desk, it won’t stop me from drinking it.
Instead of that, I’ve learned to be much more careful about my drinks when I’m sitting at my desk;
For example, consider the following:
It is always a good idea for me to keep my water bottle lid closed whenever I am not using it.
I also always make sure that I keep my coffee on the opposite side of my mouse from the keyboard in order to avoid spilling it from time to time.
Keep Your Pets Off The Desk
If you have a dog or a cat, it could be part of the reason for the dust on your desk mat; therefore, you should keep your pets far from the desk setup in the room where your desk is situated.
While that may be true, you will still need to groom them more frequently if you want to keep them nearby as you work or play games.