It only takes 2 minutes to clean a computer mouse and get it working perfectly. Follow this method to clean it if your mouse ball is sticky, dirty, or darker than normal.
Step 1. Remove the plate that holds the ball
It only rotates in the direction of the arrow.
Step 2. Remove the ball from the mouse
Step 3. Keep it away from dust
The enemy of the mouse is dust. Over time, dust and debris accumulate and minimize mouse movement. Some mice use other attachments to keep the ball spinning, so check for a loose spring or attachment. In most cases, mice are made in such a way that they won't be damaged by cleaning, so don't worry about damaging it while you're cleaning it. The basin-shaped part inside the mouse is designed to keep the mouse ball in position.
Step 4. Most of the time you don't need to clean the mouse ball, sometimes you just need to clean the rotators inside
You can clean them with the help of a paper clip, but if it is very dirty you can use a knife. Or, you can moisten the tip of the cotton swab with rubbing alcohol to clean them. You can also use tweezers to remove any hair that is stuck in the rotators. If the ball is a bit dirty, you can use a towel and some rubbing alcohol to clean it.
Step 5. This step is optional but will reduce the amount of dust that accumulates inside the mouse
Use a Phillips screwdriver and remove the screw from the bottom of the mouse. Some models have the screw under a decal. Just remove it very carefully. The internal parts will be exposed. Clean all the garbage that is accumulated inside the mouse. Now use a little white grease or silicone grease, the kind you use to lubricate garage doors or hinges. Take a cotton swab and fill it with grease. Apply some grease where the rotators connect with the plastic of the mouse. This will help the rotators not fill with garbage and take care that they do not get dirty in the future. All mouse balls have this type of fat when they are new, but when you use them over time the fat dries up or simply comes off where it was originally placed.
Step 6. Reassemble it
After you are done, place the mouse ball and close it.
Step 7. If your mouse keeps hitting / jumping, the problem may be that the ball is not working properly
To reshape the ball for better traction, you can use a kitchen cutting bar. Remove the ball from the mouse. Dampen the cutting bar and place it in a fixed place. Next, roll the ball on the bar making sure all sides have come into contact with the bar. Rinse the ball, dry it, and place it inside the mouse.
Step 8. Done
- If you don't clean your mouse often, then it will fill each rotator with trash. This is much easier to remove than just a little garbage. Use a knife or paper clip to loosen the line, then use tweezers to remove it.
- If your mouse malfunctions, at least you know it wasn't because it's dirty.
- Optical mice do not have balls that can get dirty. If you can do it, try to get one; they are not very expensive.
- At the same time you clean your mouse, clean the mouse mat as well.
- Washing your hands often makes your entire computer work environment cleaner, not to mention the mouse. You may not be able to tell with a black mouse, but most of the trash inside the mouse accumulates on the top, due to dirty hands.
- Instead of using a mouse mat, use a disposable sheet of paper and change it regularly. Most of the trash accumulates on the mouse through the mat.
- Do not wash the mouse with water.
- Try not to force something into the mouse. This could permanently damage the mouse or you could hurt your finger.