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21-01-2007, 06:55 AM
Hi guys

Got a sticky mouse - sticky on the outside (Son and fizzy drinks) Tried soapy water, ethanol, meths, etc - they all work to some extent but not totally. Anything out there you guys use that you find really good, except the dishwasher?


21-01-2007, 07:34 AM
You know me...that dishwasher has been a godsend for keyboards...

Since sugar is water-soluble, I suggest just using something such as an enviro-friendly cleaner like Windex (window cleaner, not aerosol), of Basic-H or any citrated spray and wipe stuff. Don't soak the guy, just a healthy spray...maybe on the wiping towel would do it.

21-01-2007, 09:44 AM
Easy-off BAM!!

21-01-2007, 10:13 AM
BAM and the dirt is gone! :D

21-01-2007, 03:04 PM
If nothing in the cleaning line works OK then I have always resorted to a spot of ordinary baby powder - works every time!

21-01-2007, 06:26 PM
What type of mouse is it? If it is a trackball mouse (aka the old ball mouse) then usually they can be taken apart quite easily and then individually cleaned.

The new optical mice, especially the cheaper and/or more basic opticals can be taken apart and the components individually cleaned fairly easily.:thumbs:

A good soaking in semi hot soapy water (Palmolive water) for five to ten mins and a good wipe with a soaked sponge should work wonders.

21-01-2007, 06:31 PM
I usually use a mix of Isopropyl alcohol and water. Then, a thin coat of Silicon Spray (wiped off with a paper towel), to try and reduce build-up of "stuff" on it. It does feel a bit weird to begin with though.

21-01-2007, 09:18 PM
MS Optical. Question - do this mouse just "click" apart - where do you start to get it in different pieces?


21-01-2007, 09:23 PM
MS Optical. Question - do this mouse just "click" apart - where do you start to get it in different pieces?


Ususally you have to remove the spacer feet, then unscrew the screws underneath.

it's a case then of carefully removeing the two half shells and separating the scroll wheel and main sensor unit.

Clean all but the sensor unit and you should be find.

21-01-2007, 11:54 PM
Mine is a Genius optical & I hoped the MS info might work for it also.
But I'm not sure what's meant by spacer feet.
I have 4 round raised pieces (one in each "corner") but they're almost flush & don't look as though they could come off - Well not in night light, anyway.

There is one tiny recessed screw at the bottom, though. Looks like a Phillips.
I'd be dubious about trying to open it unless someone knowlegeable assured me that was OK.
I ask because it's been playing up a bit recently, refusing to scroll for a while, then coming right after a reboot. So it could be useful info if it died suddenly.

22-01-2007, 07:15 AM
Same here Laura - I can see no screws so p'haps will have to ask our resident experts - IT guys - at work.


22-01-2007, 05:03 PM
I just brought a Logitech G5 mouse... No Drinks within 5m lol