How to Clean a Wireless Mouse

Keep your cordless mouse squeaky clean

This guide article explains how to clean your wireless mouse. You'll need a can of compressed air, cotton swabs, cleaning wipes, and a cleaning solution.

Cleaning Your Wireless Mouse

Cleaning a wireless mouse takes about five to 10 minutes. Here's how to do it.

  1. If the mouse has an on/off switch, switch it off.

    Turn your wireless mouse off before cleaning it
  2. Using a can of compressed air, spray between the scroll wheel and the click buttons if there's a gap between the two.

    Don't blow air directly on one spot for very long, or condensation can form.

  3. Use a damp cleaning wipe to wipe the body of the mouse.

    Use a damp cleansing cloth to wipe the surface of the mouse
  4. Scrub any stubborn marks and stains on the mouse's bottom surface pads. The four feet areas at the corners of the bottom surface need particular attention. These areas glide over the surface of the mouse pad and pick up grime.

  5. Lightly dampen a cotton swab with the cleaning solution. Use it to brush out the dust around the laser or LED. Be gentle when brushing around the laser or LED.

    Don't wipe the laser or LED directly with the swab. Also, don't press into it. You might dislodge it.

    Use a cotton swab to gently clean the area around the mouse's LED or laser pointer
  6. Use a dry cotton swab to wipe the area around the laser or LED. Avoid touching the laser or LED.

  7. Allow the mouse to dry thoroughly before using it.

Alcohol isn't recommended as it can remove the color from a mouse. Logitech suggests mild dish detergent.

Should You Disassemble Your Wireless Mouse?

Manufacturers tell you not to disassemble a mouse to clean it. However, sometimes this can be a last resort, especially if there's a lot of dust, pet fur, or human hair in the computer area.

If you can locate the screws to unfasten the mouse's body, do so carefully and use compressed air to remove debris from inside the mouse. Don't use any liquids or brush any components with a cloth or your fingers. Carefully reassemble.

Doing this may invalidate the warranty on the mouse.

FAQ
  • How do I remove a Logitech mouse ball?

    For most models, you can remove the trackball by turning the mouse upside down and pushing on it. The trackball should pop right out.

  • Can I disassemble a Logitech wireless mouse?

    Yes. You should only do this if you're comfortable putting it back together. You can find specific instructions by model on sites like ifixit.com.

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