Perhaps one of the biggest contributing factors to a “sluggish” mouse pad is sweat and hand oils. My hands sweat while playing games a lot during the Summer, which is the time where my mouse pads are the slowest. Sweat not only dampens the pad but it also makes the fibres stick together and create more grip when swiping the mouse.
Sweat from hands while playing games can be lessened by a few simple tricks which I cover in my article here (link). One of the effective solutions is to provide as much airflow to your palms as possible. This can be achieved either with a small USB fan that sits on your desk or a gaming mouse with a honeycomb shell.
Not only do hands soak the mousepad in sweat, but also in hand oils. The oils naturally excreted from your skin on your hands can be soaked up by the mousepad. Eventually leading to fibres within the cloth that stick together more. If you play games with your entire hand rested on the mousepad, that is more surface area that will be affected by sweat and oil accumulation.
- Wash out any accumulated sweat and hand oils with the washing method down below.
- Use a USB fan pointed at your hands to prevent sweating.
- Gaming mice with honeycomb shells provide great airflow through the mouse into your palms. This is something standard mice can’t do.