The other day my mum called and asked if I had a spare mouse for her computer as her old one had kicked the bucket. I remembered I had an old Logitech MX Revolution wireless mouse sitting in a box somewhere so went searching. I finally found it but boy was it nasty! The rubber panels on it had started deteriorating and it was disgustingly sticky!
It turns out this is a pretty common issue. The rubber used on peripherals made by Microsoft, Logitech, Thermaltake and other companies tends to deteriorate with time, especially if they’re not actively being used. This was a pretty severe case given the rubber had become sticky and gross. More commonly, the rubber tends to develop a “skin” on it that is easily scratched with the fingernail and leaves a black residue. I have this happening with my Logitech G15 keyboard wrist rest.
Cleaning the Rubber off
The first thing I did was stupidly grab a paper towel and try to rub it off. Stupidly because the paper towel instantly stuck to the rubber and tore to bits leaving me with an even uglier situation than before. I actually considered giving the mouse to mum in this state. The paper towel had completely covered the sticky parts and the mouse was smooth again! Read more