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How often do you clean your mouse?

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Just out of curiousity how often does your mouse get cleaned? The reason I ask, is because our mouse had not been wanting to roll around or move very well-and today DH took it apart and cleaned off the roller! You should of seen all the hair on it!!
post #2 of 28
I have an optical mouse, so not a problem.
post #3 of 28
I too have an optical
post #4 of 28
Mice are tricky to wash. You don't want to get bit and the fact that you hold them by the tail doesn't help; as you dont' want to put them in water head first.

I would take a wash cloth and wash the mouse. Be sure you don't get water in their little ears and then give them a nibble of peanut butter cracker after the bath.

Be sure to keep out of drafts and the cat's paws
post #5 of 28
I have an optical mouse, was some of the best money spent! I used to have to clean my mouse on a weekly basis because of the hair! You can get them very cheap now! You should try one!
post #6 of 28
My dad's optical doesn't work very well--it always acts like it has hair in it. The jerky movement sort of thing.

Mine I clean daily, at least brushing it down and taking the ball out to clean it. Cat hair accumulates on my desk. I give it a good, thorough cleaning with alcohol every few months.
post #7 of 28
You're supposed to clean them??? whoops!
post #8 of 28
I have an optical mouse as well, they are great. I use to have to clean my old mouse at least once every couple of weeks because of kitty fur.
post #9 of 28
i have a laptop, so i don't have a mouse
post #10 of 28
I used to but then decided it was a waste of time. Now I just replace the old with a new one.
post #11 of 28
I have a laptop and I'm very messy. (Just today I was using it while eating popcorn! )
So, I have to wipe it off, only when it gets really, really bad.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Mice are tricky to wash. You don't want to get bit and the fact that you hold them by the tail doesn't help; as you dont' want to put them in water head first.

I would take a wash cloth and wash the mouse. Be sure you don't get water in their little ears and then give them a nibble of peanut butter cracker after the bath.

Be sure to keep out of drafts and the cat's paws
that's funny I have an optical mouse
post #13 of 28
I also have an optical mouse. When I had my first computer with the roller ball mouse, I had to clean it at least every other week or so, because of the cat hair.
post #14 of 28
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Mice are tricky to wash. You don't want to get bit and the fact that you hold them by the tail doesn't help; as you dont' want to put them in water head first.

I would take a wash cloth and wash the mouse. Be sure you don't get water in their little ears and then give them a nibble of peanut butter cracker after the bath.

Be sure to keep out of drafts and the cat's paws
Hahaha!!
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
I have an optical mouse, so not a problem.
^ Me 2



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post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
I have an optical mouse, so not a problem.
yea, that.
I did not know people still used ball mice.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Mice are tricky to wash. You don't want to get bit and the fact that you hold them by the tail doesn't help; as you dont' want to put them in water head first.

I would take a wash cloth and wash the mouse. Be sure you don't get water in their little ears and then give them a nibble of peanut butter cracker after the bath.

Be sure to keep out of drafts and the cat's paws
Well, I was going to say whenever I could catch them! Your's is much better tho!! Seriously tho, before I got this optical mouse, I'd have to take my old one apart at least once a week, thanks to wound up hair. I'd use a pair of tweezers and clean the ball with alcohol, and it would work like new. You can't find anything but the optical around here anymore.
post #18 of 28
See, I'm that weirdo that cleans each and every mouse I come into contact with at the University because I can't stand dirty mouse movement! I take the roller ball out and scrape the gunk off the directional rollers inside, then put 'em back together (my only OCD ideation! lol) I must say my optical mouse was a great improvement, but I even clean it about once a week or so, along with the ones in the computer labs on campus, because the glide feet get gummy and tend to stick to the work surface. I find that my mouse here at home doesn't track properly on my desktop, I have to have a mousepad underneath (has something to do w/my desk being black semi-gloss surface, doesn't reflect light into the optics very well)

It's pretty much the first thing I do when I sit down to a strange computer. I went to a good friend's house, and did this out of habit, while she was in another room, thought nothing of it. She sat down after me, and asked "What did you do to my mouse to get it working again?????" (It was gummed up pretty bad inside, she'd been doing the ol' jiggle n shake technique for a while) She had thought it was broken, and was going to have to buy a new one!
post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by noludoru View Post
My dad's optical doesn't work very well--it always acts like it has hair in it. The jerky movement sort of thing.
What kind of surface is your dad using? shiny surfaces, including shiny mouse pads will cause jumpiness, so will dying batteries.

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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
I did not know people still used ball mice.
Whats a ball mouse

ETA: Wireless optical here. I include the wireless part coz some are still wired.
post #20 of 28
I've got the laptop but i still prefer a mouse so it's a wireless optical one.
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew View Post
You're supposed to clean them??? whoops!



I have a wireless optical mouse so I don't have to clean it..
Now, if you asked how often I had to charge the batteries? That's a different story
post #22 of 28
I have had an optical since they first came out. We replace it last year when we got a new computer....it was well worth the investment. I'm thinking we need to replace our old keyboard with the one that came with the computer because the spacebar has been acting goofy since yesterday.
post #23 of 28
Thread Starter 
Well geesh guys, I am feeling a bit outdated!! Actually the mouse came with our computer so havent thought much about getting a different one.....BUT I may be cheking into it. LOL....are they expensive?
post #24 of 28
I clean the mouse whenever is dirty.
post #25 of 28
I have an optical mouse too.. When I had a roller ball mouse, I had to clean that stupid thing soo much..
post #26 of 28
I have an optical mouse and have to clean hair out of it every couple of weeks. The scroll wheel usually gets dirty too.
post #27 of 28
i also have a Wireless optical here, god the rollerball one brings back memories, hated that thing to much hassle cleaning it out all the time. now all i have to make sure is the cats dont play with the box thing that sits underneath for the mouse if it gets moved sometimes it goes out of range.
post #28 of 28
Wow, what year is this? Get an optical mouse. You could pickup a basic Microsoft or Logitech optical mouse at Office Depot, Staples, or Circuit City for $15.
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