How to Clean a Mouse Sensor: Our Step By Step Guide

If you're wondering how to clean a mouse sensor you're in the right place.

Whether you're using one of the best ergonomic mice or one of the best gaming mice, you can't deny that they get a ton of usage and that ultimately leads to dirt build-up, no matter how clean you keep your setup.

But, as is the case with practically all technology, cleaning can be a little dicey - especially as some components are susceptible to damage if not handled with care.

Keeping your mouse clean is great to keep it working at its best, and the sensor itself is one of the most important areas to make sure you cover.

Here's how you can do it, plus a few products we'd recommend using to go about it.

How to clean a mouse sensor

How to clean a mouse sensor
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Step 1: What you'll want to do is buy yourself some Q-tips and some cleaning alcohol. You'll want this to be at least 70%.

If it is higher than 70% you can dilute it with some water.

Using products with ammonia is said to potentially harm your mouse, so if you're using an alternative cleaning product, check the label first.

Step 2: Wet the Q-tip only slightly so it's 'damp' but not completely soaked.

Step 3: Gently clean the sensor, avoiding applying too much pressure. Too much pressure could result in damage, so be careful!

Step 4: The sensor should be clean, but not 100% dry. Leave the mouse facing sensor up for around 2 minutes.

If you've found that you've used too much liquid, you can use a microfiber cloth to assist in the drying.

Step 5: Once dry, your mouse sensor should be clean and ready to go.

How to keep your mouse sensor from getting dirty

When mouse sensors get dirty, their performance can be affected. The best way to avoid this problem, or at least minimise it, is to ensure that your working or gaming surface is as clean as possible - especially your mousepad.

Having a clean mousepad is essential, but not without its pitfalls.

Check out our step by step guide to how to clean your mousepad right here so you're in the know.

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