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How to clean your mouse or trackball AND their rollers
General Misc.
  • 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 aside.
  • 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 into place.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

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