Guide: Clean Your Mouse Pad & Keyboard for a Tidy Desk

How to clean your mouse pad and keyboard

To ensure the best working and gaming experience possible, it’s important that you keep your mouse pad and other peripherals clean. A dirty surface can lead to tracking issues when using your mouse.

With an average desk hosting over 20,000 germs per square inch and a mouse pad that can get super gunky over time – you’re probably wondering what’s going on here! The last thing we want in our work area is more filth.

How often do you clean your mouse pad? If it’s been a while, then this guide will help get rid of any dirt and grime so that the next time you use your mouse, it’ll be smooth as silk. We all know how important maintaining a sanitary working environment is!

How to clean your mouse pad

You can use water and soap to clean your mouse pad. This is the best way because it gets rid of any dirt or grime that builds up over time!

The steps of cleaning a mouse pad:

1) Soak your mouse pad in cold water to get all the germs and dirt off it. Gently wash the surface using mild soap.

2) Take the mouse pad out and give it a good scrub with a soft bristle toothbrush. Be careful not to scratch away at its surface or else you might end up doing more harm than good!

3) Make sure you rinse off all of the soap suds with cold water to avoid leaving a film.

4) Make sure to pat your mouse pad dry with a microfiber towel before use. Then, let it air dry for 30 minutes to ensure there’s no residue left behind.

Step 1: Use cold water and mild soap. Find yourself a large bowl or bucket that will hold your mouse pad or if you want more space in the bathroom, use your sink. Gently spray cold water on it while using some soap-soaked sponges to wipe away any stains!

Use cold water and mild soap to clean your mouse pad

Step 2: Gently scrub with a soft brush or cleaning utensil. Use whichever tool you decide on to scrub any tough spots. You don’t want too hard of an abrasion because it can be detrimental to the tracking of your mouse pad.

Gently scrub your mouse pad with a soft brush

Step 3: Rinse off all the soap. To keep your mouse pad clean, gently rinse it with cold water to remove any soap residue. Make sure you don’t leave behind suds or dirt on either side of the fabric!

Rinse off all the soap off your mouse pad

Step 4: Pat dry with a microfiber towel then air dry. Once you’ve cleaned and dried your mouse pad with a microfiber towel, place it next to a fan or let air dry. Don’t use the same one for more than 24 hours because of possible moisture buildup that can damage either item over time!

Pat dry your mouse pad with a microfiber towel
Let your mouse pad air dry

Can you machine wash your mouse pad?

Yes, you can put your mouse pad in the washing machine if it is made from these materials. The only caution we would offer though: make sure not to add any additional fabric softener or bleach because those chemicals will harm the surface of non-synthetic fabrics over time!

  • Polyester
  • Nylon
  • Acrylic
  • Acetate
  • Microfiber
  • Foam
  • Polyurethane
  • Rubber

Follow these instructions if you decide to wash your mousepad in the washing machine:

  • Use a mild detergent because anything too strong might cause irreversible damage to your mousepad 
  • Make sure to wash on cold
  • Adjust the cycle to “light”
  • Don’t use any bleach

You should never put your mouse pad in the dryer! The heat of any appliance can cause damage to it, so don’t take that risk. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s safe for use with a dryer then contact makers directly, they’ll know what kind will work best on their product line.

Be advised that A custom mouse pad printed with your company logo may become chipped if put in the washing machine. It’s best to wash these by hand instead!

How regularly should you be cleaning your mousepad?

How often should you clean your mouse pad? That depends on how much time and energy is invested in using it. A good standard would be to try cleaning it at least 3 or 4 times per year, especially if you work from an office space!

Increase that number for dire situations. You never know when you’ll accidentally spill something or drop it on the floor!

How to clean your keyboard?

Spending hours at your computer is unavoidable for many of us office employees. Constant use of your keyboard will cause a lot of grime to get trapped between the keys. Dust, hair, dead skin, and food crumb buildup is inevitable. But we’re not here to point fingers, we’re here to help you tidy up your workspace. In this guide we’ll highlight the supplies you will need and run through how to clean your keyboard step-by-step.

Keyboard cleaning supply list:

Keyboard cleaning brush: The fine, soft bristles of this brush make it easy to sweep out any buildup that may be trapped underneath the keys of your keyboard

Compressed air: A can of compressed air like Blow Off works perfectly for blasting out any hard-to-reach dirt or dust.

Microfiber Cloth: Use a microfiber cloth instead of a microfiber towel because the cloths are much thinner and can get in between small spaces better

Cotton Swabs: Q-Tips or any other generic brand will do just fine swabbing out any hard-to-reach mess.

Keyboard Vacuums: These nifty hand-held tools will help suck the dust and dirt from your keyboard with ease.

Isopropyl alcohol: Alcohol is a very effective cleaner that will surely help get rid of any pesky stains
Toothpicks: Another handy tool that can help scrape out any hard-to-reach buildup.

Steps for cleaning your keyboard

For keyboards that aren’t too dirty, the following steps should suffice:

Step 1: Turn your keyboard upside down and gently shake it over a waste bin.

Gently shake your keyboard over a waste bin

Step 2: With your keyboard cleaning brush, carefully go through the rows and sweep debris loose. It’s best if you hold the device at different angles and swipe down each row for even cleanliness across all areas of your keyboard!

Clean your keyboard with a keyboard cleaning brush

Step 3: Hold your can of compressed air so that the keyboard is at a 75-degree angle, tipping slightly backward. Spray the keyboard with compressed air, moving the can from left to right.

Clean your keyboard with compressed air

Step 4: Use your hand-held vacuum to suck up the dirt you’ve uncovered and run it gently over the keyboard.

Have you spilled something? Have stains or oily residues that need removing. The following steps should do the trick:

Step 1: Use your microfiber cloth or cotton swabs to clean around keys and to get in between tight spaces.

Step 2: Dip your cloth or swab in water, but make sure to dry it a bit before you use it. The cotton swab or cloth should only be slightly wet because you don’t want to leave any drops of water on your keyboard. If you find that water isn’t enough, use isopropyl alcohol, but just a little bit. Dab some of the alcohol onto the cloth or swab, and not directly onto the keyboard.

Step 3: A toothpick can be effective for scraping out anything that has refused to come out.

Avoid uncesscary germs by keeping your desk area clean and sanitized

Keeping your desk area clean is an essential part of maintaining a productive and focused work environment. When you have a dirty desk area, it can be difficult to concentrate on the task at hand, as you are constantly distracted by the mess around you. Specifically, make sure to clean commonly used items like your mouse pad and keyboard.