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Anyone know how hard this is to clean? Currently using a cloth pad, and cleaning it is a pain.
Cleaning mousepads should be as simple as putting it along with your colored/dark clothing when they're washed that week, with the usual light detergent. If you don't have a washing machine or you don't wash your own clothes and for some reason can't ask your caretaker to also include a mousepad with your dark/colored clothing in the wash, you can also take mousepads into the shower. They clean well with shampoos (which are light soaps) but don't use bar soap which will leave soap residue in the weave. You can get out heavy grime with some brushing. If you got a small mousepad, a used toothbrush will work fine. If you have a large mousepad, then using a used toothbrush might be tedious, so getting a larger brush might be more ideal.
To dry, get an open ended hanger, or a hanger with clips to hang the mousepad to dry outside. I wouldn't suggest attempting to speed up the process by applying heat, some rubber mousepad backing can warp awkwardly due to application of heat, and afterwards won't sit flat on your desk.
The problem is your out of a mousepad for a day, so unless you have a backup, it might be awkward using your mouse on your desk surface without a mousepad for a day.
I regularly eat on/use/wash my desk pad, so I've needed to wash it a few times and it's never been a big problem.
wait... can I wash my mousepad in the washing machine without damaging it?!?!
Yes, so long as you don't do something silly like washing a black mousepad with bleach.
Wash in cold water, by itself or with like colors, using a detergent for dark colors if it's a dark colors mousepad. Don't use the dryer, as the heat can make the mousepad wavy and not sit flat, merely set it outside to dry naturally, and it should be good.
You can Google for other tutorials or videos on this.
Thanks man! I have a black QCK so I should not wash it with colored clothes right?
It's fine to wash with dark clothing, like navy, maroon, forest green, etc. If you have a bright yellow shirt and a cheap chinese ArtsCow printed mousepad, you may see excess ink leave the mousepad during the wash into brighter colored clothing, but this is true for any dyed textiles. Badly colored textiles can seep their colors into more brighter colored items in the wash.
As a general rule, any like colors can be washed together, but again, due to the rubber backing of the mousepad, I wouldn't suggest putting it in the dryer. Application of heat can warp the rubber backing and make it not sit flat on your desk.