How To Clean An Optical Mouse?

An optical mouse is an important part of computer peripherals that help us perform wide variety of functions. Not only it helps in our convenience but some tasks on computer become quite easy with the help of computer mouse. However with regular usage, mouse can become dirty and sticky, which could lead to technical issues as well as health problems due to accumulation of germs on the sticky areas of the mouse. Read further to learn how you can clean your optical mouse regularly to keep it functioning and clean for your use.

Disconnect your mouse from computer

Mouse is usually connected to the computer with the help of wire or USB component. If it is wireless, you need to remove the USB component otherwise if it is wired, you need to remove the wired socket from the computer port.

Remove the batteries

If you are using a wireless mouse, there would be batteries in it. Different brands may have different locations of batteries, so consult at the instructional manual of your brand to locate the mouse location and remove the batteries from the mouse.

Wipe the outside of the mouse

Dampen a microfiber cloth with the help of a little amount of water and use the cloth to remove any dirt and grime from the outer surface of the mouse. Thoroughly clean the mouse to remove any traces of dirt.

Dry the mouse

Now use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe out any moisture on the surface of the mouse. Gently stroke the outside surface of the mouse till the mouse is completely dry.

Clean the scroll wheel

Spin the scroll wheel under a bright light to see any traces of dirt or grime. Use a toothpick to scrape any dirt or grime buildup. You can also use your fingernails to scrape away the dirt to some extent.

Replace the batteries

In case you haven’t replaced the batteries in a while, change them. Reconnect the mouse to the computer and check if it is properly running.

In this manner, you will be able to clean an optical mouse in few easy steps and extend the life of your mouse.

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