to clean your mouse or trackball AND their rollers
- Press gently on the ring on the
top of your trackball or bottom of your mouse and turn it until it comes
loose. Some have what look like slots.. with these use your fingernail
or a coin to move.
- Remove the ball and set the ring
- Wash the ball in warm, soapy water.
Use a gentle detergent that doesn't leave a residue on drying. Bar soap
is okay, but don't use perfumed or deodorant soap for this purpose.
- Dry the ball completely with a
clean, soft, lint-free cloth.
- Use a can of compressed air or
a static-safe vacuum cleaner to blow dust and debris out of the socket
where the ball sits.
- Clean the rollers using a cotton
swab and isopropyl alcohol.
- Let everything dry completely!
- Put the ball back into the socket
- Secure the ball back into the
mouse or trackball by positioning the ring and turning it until it locks
- Be careful not to use any
cleaning agents that are potentially harmful to plastic. Isopropyl
alcohol and regular soap are usually all that's needed to clean
your mouse or trackball. Some cleaners will harden the rubber of
the ball and it won't slide right.
Using a mousepad
and replacing it regularly are good ways to prevent the buildup
of debris on the mouseball and rollers.
If you're still not satisfied
with the performance of your device after cleaning it, try experimenting
with the sensitivity settings in your OS or driver before deciding
to replace the mouse.