I love giving advice on how to maintain your computer equipment.
By now, I am sure many of us who own a DeathAdder mouse and have used it extensively will encounter this dirty and yucky problem found on the rubber mat surface. It is simply a combination of dirt and perspiration from our hands. When it is not cleaned immediately after use, it dries up, slowly forming into a sticky yet somewhat dry substance. This is especially true and worst for those who have sweaty palms.
Solutions, Solutions, Solutions...
Based on personal experience for the past four years, i have always been cleaning my mouse with just a damp cloth. After each cleaning, the problem got from bad to worse—strands of tiny small fabric got stuck to the mouse's rubber surface. It got stickier with each cleaning. So I decided to do some research. I never thought cleaning would be this difficult.
There are many solutions out there:
- Some are great and work really well according to their experiences. But they can be difficult or costly to get. Such as using alcohol and a piece of cloth. However, it requires some level of precision as I have read that alcohol can cause the material to dissolve.
- I have come across some weird ideas like using sandpaper, an eraser, a scrub, or even talcum powder. We should think twice or thrice before even attempting to do that. After all, it is not a cheap, ugly device. We certainly wouldn't want to end up with a terribly scratched surface or a bad looking one.
- And of course, not forgetting the traditional methods of cleaning: soap or detergent, water, and a rag. Turns out it didn't work out that well.
Apparently, even with so many ways, there are those who tried everything but still failed to achieve the desired result.
With that said, I have discovered another way to do this—the Blu-Tack cleaning method. This method requires a few bucks if you don't have any black blu-tack in the house. I strongly recommend getting a black blu-tack. Not white, blue, or any other color. It also requires a lot of effort, time, and patience depending on how dirty your DeathAdder mouse is. It took about one hour to clean mine. But it was totally worth it.
Let us begin, shall we?
Step 1: Get Some Blu-Tack
Step 2: The Blu-Tack Cleaning Method
Last Step: The Result
Once you are done cleaning, you will have a nicely polished and smooth surface. Just like when it was brand new. If you are concerned with the smell, dip a cloth into some fragrant water and you can easily wipe all over the rubber surface unlike before.
The blu-tack, unfortunately, can't be washed. it's simply impossible after getting all the dirt stuck to it. The only way is to stretch-and-mold it, over and over again. This doesn't remove the stain but at least, you won't have to see it at all. As for the smell, it wasn't all too bad. Therefore, it can be re-used.
The DeathAdder isn't the only victim
Most of Razer products, such as the Naga mouse, have the same rubber material used on them. My Logitech Illuminated Keyboard's palm rest is made of the same material too. Based on my research, some of Microsoft peripherals and even cameras suffer from the same problem. In other words, the blu-tack cleaning method will most definitely work for them.
Suggestions to improve or add-on to this method are welcomed too. Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.
Thanks for reading and i hope this article has benefited you.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2014 HanzG
J on May 11, 2020:
Its not dirt and grime. Its the coating they put on the mouse surface that is breakdown. It would do this even if you didn't touch it. I had a USB drive that did this too with the same rubber like coating. Some cars have this issue as well with their dashboards.
Christopher S on August 10, 2018:
Ever think to use an actual plastic cleaner/lubricant? WD-40 lubricant, even though it is a silicon lubricant, is actually bad for certain plastics it breaks them down. Plastic cleaners like ones for cleaning car dashboard, or revitalizing o-rings are designed to restore the plastic as well as clean.
Andy G on July 08, 2017:
I used WD40 and some elbow grease - worked a treat.
firstname.lastname@example.org on July 21, 2015:
I used 3M 220 grit sandpaper on my mouse, it took it back to clear plastic and it looks awsome. I also used 400 grit paper and wet sanded the plastic to be completely smooth so it feels amazing and cleans off easily. Blue tack is a waste of money and time just take off the top and sand it.