A mousepad is useful, and you want to get as much mileage out of it as you possibly can. Unfortunately, just like anything else, a mousepad will begin to degrade over time. This is especially true since the mousepad is something you interact with a lot. This means that you may see your mousepad become damaged or dirty over time. The former is not easy to address, and honestly, they’re cheap enough that replacing a damaged mousepad is no great loss. However, when it comes to getting dirty, that is usually easily addressed. But what is the best way to clean your Razer mousepad?
Make sure to use a lint-free microfiber cloth, and only lightly dip it in water. Additionally, if your mousepad is Razer Chroma-powered, make sure it is unplugged first. Wipe in a circular motion on the mousepad, and in the case of a Razer Chroma mousepad, wait five minutes before plugging it back in.
But what do you do if your mousepad has a more serious mess on it? And if you need to replace the mousepad, is it an expensive replacement?
How to Clean Razer Mousepad:
If you have a regular Razer mousepad
For basic cleaning, you can just use a lint-free microfiber cloth, and that should be enough. Be sure to dip it in water, but only lightly. If you do too much, it could end up soaking your mousepad, requiring you to allow it to dry longer. Wipe in a circular motion on the mousepad, going until the dirtiness appears to be cleaned up. If the dirtiness is still visible on the mousepad and your microfiber cloth has become dry, try wetting it again and resuming your efforts. It is possible that the mousepad is dirty enough that it will not get completely clean.
If you need a more thorough cleaning, you can also use some dish soap and a brush to gently scrub the dirty areas. You can also try a lint roller and clean it more regularly.
If you have a Razer Chroma mousepad
Cleaning this kind of mousepad is slightly trickier, but not terribly complicated. However, there are some limitations that you need to take into consideration. Before you attempt a cleaning method, make sure that the Razer Chroma mousepad is powered off. Once it is, take a damp, lint-free microfiber cloth and gently scrub the mousepad wherever it is dirty. You should avoid using any soap or harsh cleaning agents.
Much like with a regular mousepad, you must repeat the process until the problem is fixed, or until you decide it cannot be fixed. You can also use dish soap and a brush to gently scrub it if needed. Before powering on your Razer Chroma mousepad, give it time to dry. Put it on a dry towel and give it five or so minutes.
What do you do if the Razer mousepad gets a stain?
If you get stains on your Razer mousepad, you will likely find that the process of actually getting them out will be much more difficult than if it is just dirty. When a stain appears on your mousepad, it is important that you get the stain out as soon as you possibly can. The longer you wait, the more difficult – if not impossible – it becomes for you to get the stain completely out. It may also be more difficult, depending on the stain. For instance, if you spilled red wine, makeup, ink, or, heaven forbid, a pet poops on it, you may have a lot more on your shoulders. Give it time to dry before using it. If you let it set for too long, you may be able to reduce it, but eliminating it will be much more difficult.
The color of the stain and the color of the mousepad may make the stain worse than it would be in other contexts, so take that in mind when you are trying to clean the mousepad. Additionally, if your mousepad is a Razer Chroma mousepad, you may have limited options available for you. You cannot submerge the mousepad as you would a non-electronic mousepad, for example.
Things you can do to keep your Razer mousepad from getting dirty in the first place
It’s one thing to clean up your Razer mousepad, but it’s a whole different thing entirely to prevent it from getting dirty. There is always going to be a need for you to clean it from time to time, but there are things you can do to avoid more serious messes.
Don’t keep drinks near your mousepad
This is just a good rule of thumb for anything to do with your computer or desk, but keep drinks away from that area. Even if it’s water, you could wind up damaging a Razer Chroma mousepad if you spill. However, if you have a sticky drink like soda or juice, knocking it over can not only stain your mousepad, but also make it more difficult to get the stickiness out. If you have to drink anything near your desk, keep it out of the way of the desk. At best, make sure that you use a closed container. So no cups, no glasses, no cans.
Clean the bottom of your mouse
This is an easy fix, thankfully. Either unplug the mouse or remove its batteries, and retrieve a lint-free microfiber cloth and a toothpick. Use the microfiber cloth to give it a good thorough cleaning, and use the toothpick to try to address any debris that is lodged in the mouse’s nooks and crannies. You should do this on a semi-regular basis, perhaps once every three months, or if the mouse appears to be dirty or having performance issues.
Are Razer mousepads expensive to replace?
If your mousepad is damaged or dirty to such an extent that you need to get a new one, you may be wondering how expensive it is to replace it. Well, that question will ultimately come down to the brand of mousepad you are trying to replace. If your mousepad is just a regular Razer mousepad with no frills or gimmicks, it should not be expensive to replace it. For example, owners of a Razer Gigantus v2 gaming mousepad can easily get one for around $10. However, an electronic Razer mousepad is a different story entirely. A Razer Chroma mousepad would run you about $60.
Ways to NOT clean your Razer mousepad
The Razer Chroma mousepad and the regular Razer mousepads have different reasons for not doing certain cleaning methods. However, with both of these, you should not run them through the wash to have them cleaned. The reason is obvious for the Chroma mousepad since it’s electronic, but why shouldn’t you do it with a regular mousepad? Well, the suds, the heat, and the pressure of going through the wash does the rubber and plastic no favors.
Additionally, when you clean it the proper way, make sure that you dry it the proper way as well. Do not dry it outside or under extreme heat. If you do, the heat is liable to cause your mousepad to fade. It won’t be enough to make it worthless for use, but it won’t look very good anymore.
When you are cleaning the mousepad, make absolutely sure that you do not fold, roll, or compress the mousepad, Chroma or otherwise.