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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-21-2020, 08:27 AM - Thread Starter
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Some mousepads need washed more often than others. How often do you wash yours?

I've used a few mousepads for extended periods of time and I was thinking about how often I have needed to wash them. I usually don't wash them until they get visibly dirty or the tracking starts to get inconsistent. It seems like tracking on some pads is more affected by dirt than others. Here's my list of pads and thoughts on how often they need washed. Let me know your thoughts. Maybe this will get some of you to wash your mousepads more often. On a lot of pads I can tell it needs washing by just testing the glide on a high traffic area vs a low traffic area. On some pads like the G640 for example there is a huge difference in tracking feel between a clean area and a dirty area even if it doesn't look dirty. Also if you have pets I highly recommend Ikea lint rollers to get the fuzz off your pad. Sometimes little pet hairs can get embedded in the pad and throw off your aim. The glue they use does not come off on the pad and they do a great job pulling out embedded hair. I generally keep one on my desk anyways because I have 3 dogs and have to use it often on my clothes.


Glorious XXL Cloth Pad - Pretty hard surface overall. Decent pad but inconsistent tracking left right vs up down. Doesn't need washed until visibly dirty for tracking but the area your arm rests gets sticky after a few weeks of use. Wash every 1-2 months
SteelSeries QCK+ - Tracks well for about a month then needs washed even if not visibly dirty because it gets a bit inconsistent feeling. Surface is more rough than most so it picks up a lot of pet hair. Wash every 1-2 months
Razer Gigantus - Pad feels mushy and inconsistent, I used it for about 6 months and never got used to it. Surface gets really sticky and sticks to my forearm after a few days. Tracking doesn't seem to be affected by washing but it needs to be washed often due to the area your arm touches. Wash every 1-2 weeks
Razer Goliathus Speed - Very tight weaving and doesn't really pick up much dirt. Never gotten visibly dirty. Wash every 2-3 months.
Logitech G640 - Top tier tracking for about a week. Then becomes horribly inconsistent and grabby in the most trafficked areas. Needs weekly washing even if not visibly dirty.
HyperX Fury S Pro - Top tier consistent tracking even when visibly dirty. Tracking doesn't seem affected by dirt or use. Doesn't stick to arm even when visibly dirty. Wash every 2-3 months.

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After replacing my 5 year old QCK heavy with a QCK XXL recently (what a difference I might add!) - I can say with absolute certainty that washing it will ruin what's great about the QCK lineup. You lose control or 'stopping power' after your first wash and it deteriorates even more so afterwards.




Ideally you would use a lint-roller for the dust and then you'd replace it when there's sweat stains/dirt etc.

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After replacing my 5 year old QCK heavy with a QCK XXL recently (what a difference I might add!) - I can say with absolute certainty that washing it will ruin what's great about the QCK lineup. You lose control or 'stopping power' after your first wash and it deteriorates even more so afterwards.




Ideally you would use a lint-roller for the dust and then you'd replace it when there's sweat stains/dirt etc.
Did you wash with soap? I generally just wash them with water in the sink. Just fill it up and agitate them for a while by hand. I don't think you can fully get all the soap out if you use it. I haven't noticed a negative affect from washing just with water compared to new. Also might depend on how hard your water is. The water at my house is pretty clean.

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Over the years I bought cheap big box retail mouse pads for $5 and when trashed just through away and buy another. Now I've moved to an actual gaming mouse pad (Razer) what a world of difference with a new Razer DeathAdder Essentials mouse. I haven't thought of the care for it until I saw this thread. I will investigate and report back.
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Quote: Originally Posted by killeraxemannic View Post
Did you wash with soap? I generally just wash them with water in the sink. Just fill it up and agitate them for a while by hand. I don't think you can fully get all the soap out if you use it. I haven't noticed a negative affect from washing just with water compared to new. Also might depend on how hard your water is. The water at my house is pretty clean.



I used a mild hand soap and cold water. It never felt the same after that first wash.





For the average person that doesn't play competitively I think it's overkill to replace your pad every three months. Even then it's still a relatively minor expense if you care about consistency.

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can't even imagine not washing your pad on an at least monthly basis.

the best thing is an ultrasonic cleaner, you can throw a pad (or any soiled cloth) in there with some laundry detergent and watch dead skin just fly out of it
barring that, a rag and some non-perfumed laundry detergent (often sold as "for babies" or "for sensitive skin") does the trick
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can't even imagine not washing your pad on an at least monthly basis.

the best thing is an ultrasonic cleaner, you can throw a pad (or any soiled cloth) in there with some laundry detergent and watch dead skin just fly out of it
barring that, a rag and some non-perfumed laundry detergent (often sold as "for babies" or "for sensitive skin") does the trick



That depends on the individual and whether or not they perspire a lot.

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My QcK+ doesn't seem very much affected by use. Though I always wash my hands before I use it, and I never really sweat, so my pads are usually free of gamergunk™. The hybrid pads I own needed to be washed weekly; otherwise, they'd be noticeably stickier and static friction especially would be much higher.

I have a Fury S Pro on the way to experiment and see which I like the most, but it's good to know it's even more consistent than the QcK family.

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That depends on the individual and whether or not they perspire a lot.
don't think so, everyone has oil and dead skin constantly sloughing off onto the pad. you probably just can't tell how dirty it is
i'd guarantee if your pads were white, instead of black, you'd understand why they need to be washed regularly
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Quote: Originally Posted by NDUS View Post
don't think so, everyone has oil and dead skin constantly sloughing off onto the pad. you probably just can't tell how dirty it is
i'd guarantee if your pads were white, instead of black, you'd understand why they need to be washed regularly

People have different skin types and body chemistry, bud. I'm not going to argue with you.

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