How to Clean a Mousepad (Because It's Actually Pretty Gross)

Wipe away the crumbs, grime, and stains with these simple steps.

When's the last time you cleaned your mousepad? We thought so. If you're currently clicking away on several years' worth of crumbs and coffee stains, it's probably time you gave the oft-overlooked mousepad a deep cleaning. While you're at it, check if any of your family members—especially those who dedicate all of their free time to video games—also have a mousepad that could use a wash. Follow the simple steps below, and a sparkling clean mousepad is just a few minutes (plus drying time) away.

How to Clean a Fabric Mousepad

If you have a cloth-like mousepad, here's how to make it look brand new.

What You'll Need:

  • Mild dishwashing liquid
  • Sponge
  • Clean towel

Follow These Steps:

  1. Place the mousepad at the bottom of a clean sink or bathtub. Wet the mousepad with warm water, then apply a small amount of soap.
  2. Rub the soap onto the surface of the mousepad, using the sponge to scrub away any stains. If your mousepad has a design on the top, be careful not to scratch the surface and use a soft sponge.
  3. Flip the mousepad over and repeat on the back. Then rinse.
  4. Lay the towel down on the floor, then place the mousepad on top. Wrap the mousepad with the towel and gently apply pressure. The towel will soak up excess moisture, which will speed up drying time and prevent mold.
  5. Let dry in a well-ventilated area, but keep out of direct sun to avoid fading.

How to Clean a Plastic Mousepad

The steps above would also work on a plastic mousepad, but you can speed up the process using cleaning sprays or wipes.

What You'll Need:

  • Multi-surface cleaning spray
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Disinfecting wipes (optional)

Follow These Steps:

  1. Spritz the surface with the cleaning spray, then wipe clean with a microfiber cloth, concentrating on any areas with visible dirt or grime.
  2. To really cut down on germs on your mousepad, use a disinfecting wipe. After wiping the surface, let it air dry completely.
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