Gradually, so much so that I let it sneak up on me, my mouse had gotten sticky feet to the point that minute maneuvers were a lurchy jerky nigh impossibility.
I was on a massive Wire Worming mission and finally decided I was going to have to do something about it.
I poked a Q-Tip in the alcohol and wet and scrubbed each of the little pads and then dried them with the opposite end.
I decided I could do even better than that and went out in the shop and got the Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray Lubricant.
Having enough sense to know that, if I tried to spray directly on the little pads, that I would end up with it dripping off my elbows, I put the little red straw into the nozzle and sprayed a squirt into the garbage can; I then let a couple drops drip out of the straw and onto each pad.
I laid the mouse upside down and left it while I did something else.
The difference is amazing; now, that thing skates around like a front-wheel-drive car on ice; whereas before, it was like pushing a wheelbarrow with a flat tire, now I have to hang onto it else it will end up in the floor.
I read somewhere that giving the pad a good washing will help even more; that is my next project.
Elements 7 ~~~ 64-bit Windows 7
On a poverty-level Kentucky budget, a 24-exposure roll of film would have two Christmases and a summer vacation on it and we might have to wait another six months before being able to afford developing the film.
I still have trouble remembering that it doesn't cost anything to take thousands of pictures; it just almost seems impossible to be true.
Buckskin, thanks for sharing your experience cleaning the mouse. Silicone spray is a useful lubricant*. From my experience, I have found that the mouse pad is also important. I find the plastic surfaced mousepads uncomfortable and very difficult to use. I always use a cloth surfaced mousepad. I found that the mouse is always more responsive and it helps keeps the 4 plastic mouse feet clean. From time to time I clean the mousepad with soapy water, rinse, mop up the excess water with tissue and let it dry.
Kind regards Chris
* I spray silicone lubricant on a cloth and wipe down my pre cleaned car windscreen. It has a similar effect to rain-ex and helps the water run off during a storm.