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How To Clean An Apple iMac Mighty Mouse

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When life gets frustrating, I escape to my office to work on this blog or troll the knitting internet to see what’s up. As much as I love my iMac, the Mighty Mouse it ships with clogs too easily. You’ll know it’s getting gummy when your tracking becomes erratic.

At my local Apple store, an employee at the free Genius Bar showed me how to clean it. I like to use a small piece of a computer screen Wet Cleaning Pad. It is pre-moistened and dries quickly.

While holding the mouse upside down, rub the scroll ball back and forth and in a circle. This will help prevent excess moisture from entering the mouse while removing any goo. Given the time I spend on the computer, I find my mouse needs a monthly cleaning. A pain yes, but a small price to pay for the joy of using a Mac.

Another method is even easier. I found it on YouTube. The audio is not in English (Italian?). All the guy did was take a clean, blank piece of paper, turned his Mighty Mouse upside down, and vigorously rolled the mouse around. I was very skeptical until I tried it. It worked, just not as consistently as using the pre-moistened cleaning pad. An English video with the same technique can be viewed here.

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January 12, 2007


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