The maintenance and care of electronic devices is vital for them to reach their expected life and perform at their best, not the opposite case for peripherals such as the keyboard or a gaming mouse.
For many people it may seem unnecessary, but the truth is that if our gaming mouse is very dirty, or has a lot of dust this can cause us setbacks, failures, and errors that can be key in the middle of a game. That’s why it’s important to keep it clean and in optimal conditions so that it always works correctly.
The gaming mouse and keyboard are definitely the main tools of any gamer, so it is essential to learn how to properly clean your gaming mouse without damaging it, and thus extend its life, and that your investment lasts longer.
If you have a Razer gaming mouse, the cleaning process is easier, since most of them work with optical sensors, so you avoid the tedious process of cleaning the classic ball of the old mice. Although, it’s good to consider which model of gaming mouse you have, and read Razer’s recommendations for its care.
Unlike the old ball mice, gamer mice now work with optical or laser technology, which provides better accuracy and more comfort, and are easier to clean and maintain in good condition.
Although it may seem a trifle, cleaning our gaming mouse regularly can prevent many problems, and nobody wants their gaming mouse to fail, especially when we’re in the middle of a game, whether we’re close to making a headshot, or casting a spell in the middle of the team fight, and unfortunately this is something that can happen if we don’t pay attention to the maintenance of our mouse.
The sensor and the surface
The gaming mouse’s sensor is sensitive and delicate, and some alteration in its optics may cause it not to work well, for example, the cursor may move by itself, or not move in the direction we are moving it.
The most common cause of this is a build up of dust in the sensor area, which causes the mouse to not work properly. To prevent this from happening, simply take a swab, moisten it with alcohol, and clean the area to remove the dust.
But it is not enough to keep the sensor clean so that the cursor does not betray us at the worst moment, we must also take care and keep the area under the mouse, the mouse pad, clean.
Cleaning without risk
Before proceeding, always keep in mind that it is not strictly necessary to open the mouse to clean it. It should only be opened when it is giving considerable problems, and in those cases it is better to take it to a specialized technical service. Generally, external cleaning will be enough, as long as we do it frequently.
It will be enough for the mouse to work well, and by keeping it assembled we avoid the possibility of damaging any internal component of the mouse, or losing the warranty.
First, the mouse must be disconnected from the PC or laptop, and if it is wireless make sure to remove the batteries before starting to clean it.
Always use a humidified cloth and a dash of alcohol. Be very careful with spilling liquids through the mouse holes as we can completely damage the mouse.
The cloth cloths will do, but if we prefer we can also use the classic wet wipes. In that case it would not be necessary to add alcohol or water.
With the cloth and the swab we should be able to reach all the areas where dirt is more likely to accumulate.
Our mouse has to be always impeccable and in the best possible condition to work properly for a long time, so we can continue enjoying our favorite video games knowing that our mouse will not fail us in the middle of the game.