Vive foam is the name given to the cushion-like foam insert that can be found within a Vive virtual reality headset. Its purpose is to make the headset more comfortable to wear around the user’s face. Because foam is fairly absorbent and because it is normal to sweat when wearing a headset, cleaning the foam on a regular basis is essential to maintaining the quality of your headset and ensuring that it remains in excellent shape. Cleaning the foam will only take a minute or two, and there are several steps you can take to ensure that it does not become soiled in the first place that you can take to prevent this from happening.
Why does VR headset hygiene matter?
VR games are specifically designed to get you moving. In point of fact, virtual reality (VR) games are so effective in this regard that there are currently fitness regimens that are based on VR. Sweating is an unavoidable side effect of all of this vigorous exercise.
Under normal circumstances, the production of perspiration during physical activity of any kind is not cause for concern. On the other hand, the part of VR headsets that comes into contact with the user’s face is often lined with a cushion made of very absorbent foam. Not only does this cause virtual reality headsets to become a fertile site for the growth of bacteria, but it also makes it hard for multiple individuals to share a single headgear.
In the same way that phones and doorknobs are known to harbor an unusually high amount of infectious agents, virtual reality headsets and the accessories that go along with them have the potential to also operate as vectors for the spread of microorganisms that are hazardous to humans. Because of the enclosing nature of VR headsets, users may find that they perspire more quickly than usual when wearing them. The warm environment created by virtual reality headsets has the potential to even further promote the growth of bacteria.
What you need:
- A microfiber or lens cleaning cloth (for lenses)
- A damp cloth (for the headset, leather face foam)
- Mild Soapy Water (face pads that can be washed)
- A soft-bristled brush or cotton swab
First, remove the Face Foam and make sure your headset is turned off and unplugged.
Clean the lenses
The lenses should then be cleaned carefully with a microfiber cloth or a lens cleaning cloth using circular motions. Use cotton swabs or a brush with soft bristles to clean areas that are difficult to access.
Clean the headset
Use a cloth that has a very little amount of moisture on it to clean the exterior of the headset. It is imperative that you refrain from using any harsh chemicals or wipes that include alcohol, as doing so may cause the headset to get damaged.
Clean the face foam
In the event that you need to clean any detachable face pads, all you need is some gentle soap and water, and you should be sure to rinse them completely. You also have the option of the leather foam, which only requires a moist towel to be cleaned.
Cleaning your virtual reality headset is an easy operation that can help you get the most out of your device for a longer period of time. It is necessary to clean on a regular basis in order to avoid any health problems and ensure the greatest possible experience. If you follow these easy procedures, you will be able to maintain the cleanliness and functionality of your virtual reality headset.