Over time, as with any electrical device, dirt can accumulate in hard-to-reach places on your mouse or trackball. If this dirt cannot be easily removed, it will collect and spread more dirt. The longer you use your mouse, the more likely you will have a problem with the tracking ability of your sensor.
This guide will show you how to clean a trackball mouse thoroughly and effectively in just a few minutes. You do not need to take apart or entirely dismantle your trackball mouse, as it can be done quickly, efficiently, and safely.
For this process, you will need:
- A cotton swab for cleaning the sensor and ball. Do not use this swab to clean any other surface.
- A soft material cleaning brush with good bristles. The kind with hard stiff bristles will scratch your mouse’s plastic housing or lens, so avoid it if possible. Anything softer than steel wool is OK to use in this process.
- Alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol is the best)
- Cleaning cloths (non-abrasive cleaning cloth and a soft cloth). For your mouse lens and optical sensor.
Steps to Follow:
Step 1: Remove the bottom cover of your trackball mouse. There are two screws that hold the cover on. The top screw is placed in between the two rubber feet on either side of the ball. The bottom screw will be located directly below the ball. Once you remove the cover, you will see the ball, as well as the optical sensor.
Step 2: Remove any foreign objects from under or around your trackball mouse. You can use a soft material cleaning brush for this task, but be careful not to scratch your precious mouse with it.
Step 3: Spray a minimal amount of alcohol directly onto your cotton swab (Q-tip). Make sure you do not spray too much of this liquid on the cotton swab. Once it is on the swab, use your cleaning brush to scrub the ball and trackball carefully. If you are cleaning deep into a trackball mouse, you will need more than just one swab. This process can take several minutes, so be patient with it.
Step 4: After the alcohol has been rubbed over all areas of your trackball mouse, make sure you use the cleaning cloths to wipe away any remaining dirt or grime. This will keep your mouse’s sensor and lens clean and clear from any possible grime that may have built up over time.
Step 5: Once you are satisfied with the job, replace the cover on your trackball mouse, and put the two screws back into place. This is an easy way to clean a Logitech trackball mouse!
Precautions to Take While Cleaning:
-Do not use any metal objects (such as coins, paper clips or needles) to clean the optical sensor. Doing so could scratch the lens.
-Do not use rubbing alcohol on your computer’s lenses. Alcohol can cause damage to your computer if it gets in contact with the lenses.
-Always respect any electrical device and do not attempt to dismantle or repair them yourself unless you are a qualified technician or have adequate experience with the device in question.
You now have an informative article on how to clean a Logitech trackball mouse. Now that you know how to clean it, you can keep your trackball mouse working great for years to come. Take care of your trackball mouse by following the simple steps in this guide. You will be able to enjoy this type of computer input for much longer.