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Like keyboards, mice are devices that are handled a great deal and are therefore subjected to a fair bit of abuse--and dirt. Most mice are much more sensitive to dirt than keyboards are, however. The reason is of course simple: the ball that rolls on the surface of the desk to provide movement. If the ball becomes dirty then it doesn't roll properly, and your cursor won't move smoothly. And of course, these balls are designed to have "traction" to grip your desk or mousepad, and as a consequence they grip most dirt and dust well too.
While most mice are cheap enough to practically be considered throw-away items, they get dirty enough to stop functioning properly far too often for the "disposable mouse" to ever become popular. I recommend the following be done to care for the mouse: