My Magic Mouse went for a swim...
September 24, 2013 7:00 PM   Subscribe

I forgot that my Apple Magic Mouse was in my front jeans pocket, and it went through the washing machine. Strangely, it still works fine, even with the same batteries. I admit I'm impressed. BUT...

But the wash seems to have had one effect: the surface of the mouse, which was really smooth and glassy before, is now, for lack of a better term, sticky. As in, it's really difficult to perform scrolling operations, because my finger doesn't glide across the surface. I'm not sure what would have caused this. In case it's relevant, there was Tide (the normal/original/classic one) and OxiClean in the wash.

So, can anyone think of a way to remedy this? I'm willing to try anything short of hosing it down with WD-40. I got the mouse for free, so I'm not upset, and I'm not worried about breaking it. Any ideas?
posted by rensar to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
 
You can get skins.
posted by Pinback at 7:15 PM on September 24, 2013


I see this as one of two things...

1) there is something on the surface of the mouse
2) the surface has become damaged due to the wash

If it's option 1, try some of that orange goo remover stuff which will disolve anything sticky.
If it's option 2, and the surface is pitted or scratched then the skins suggestion by Pinback will overcome the damage.
posted by Youremyworld at 7:18 PM on September 24, 2013


Oh, I didn't know those existed! Thanks much. I'll try some cleaning agent first. If that fails, I'll go the second route.

Much appreciated.
posted by rensar at 7:21 PM on September 24, 2013


Or maybe some really fine sandpaper. You're essentially trying to polish plastic I think.
posted by mcav at 7:52 PM on September 24, 2013


Alright, results. I don't have any great cleaners, so I used the best I had: Windex multi-surface antibac. I know, wrong application. But it worked fairly well. The surface feels a lot better. It's not as good as it was, but it's usable. Maybe there was some dried layer of detergent?

In any case, I'm still going to invest in a skin to protect it.

Thanks all!
posted by rensar at 10:29 PM on September 24, 2013


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