How to Clean a Wireless Mouse

Keep your cordless mouse squeaky clean

A wireless computer mouse can get dirty, pretty fast. The scroll wheel can get gummed up with hair, pet fur, and food particles. You may be concerned about germs and dirt on the upper and lower surfaces. You probably want to clean it frequently if you share it, but you don't want to break it by getting the wrong part wet with soap and water. In this guide, we show you how to get your wireless mouse in optimal operating shape in a few simple steps.

What You Need to Clean a Wireless Mouse

You need a few supplies before you clean a wireless mouse, including:

  • A can of condensed air
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Cleaning solution

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

How to Clean a Wireless Mouse

Cleaning a wireless mouse takes about five to ten 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 condensed 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.

Heavy Cleaning: Disassemble and Clean a 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 body of the mouse, do so carefully and use compressed air to gently 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.