- You should regularly clean your Oculus Rift headset, earphones, remote, and sensor to help keep the system working properly and extend its lifespan.
- Your Oculus Rift and its accessories are regularly exposed to dust, natural body oils, sweat, and other substances that, over time, can damage the hardware.
- The best way to clean the Rift and its associated hardware is to use a clean, dry cloth and, on certain components, antibacterial wipes.
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You wash your hands multiple times a day and wash your face at least once daily all in the name of good hygiene, right? Well if you don’t periodically clean the things that come in contact with your hands and face, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.
And since using an Oculus Rift involves both your hands and face, you need to clean your Rift regularly to keep it free of dust, fluids, and bacteria.
Keeping an Oculus Rift clean is not only important for your health, especially if the system is ever shared with other people, but it’s also important for the hardware. Over time, dust, oils, sweat, bits of food, drops of beverages, and myriad substances tend to come in contact with VR hardware, and they can damage the system, affecting image clarity, sound quality, and even the functionality of the set.
So keep your Oculus Rift clean — it won’t take but five minutes per cleaning session.
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How to clean your Oculus Rift headset
You can use lightly moistened antibacterial wipes on the straps and foam parts of your headset — the parts that directly come in contact with your head. For the exterior of the headset, a dry, lint-free cloth should do, but light use of antibacterial wipes is a good idea if there is any visible grime build-up.
How to clean your Oculus Rift lenses
Unless your Rift’s lenses are badly soiled, a clean, dry, lint-free cloth is all you should use, rubbing in a gentle swirling pattern outward from the center. If there are still visible smudges or particles on the lenses, get a dedicated lens cleaning solution and use it sparingly.
How to clean your Oculus Rift earphones
The Oculus Rift earphones are best cleaned with antibacterial wipes. Follow them up with a clean, dry cloth and remove as much moisture as you can.
How to clean your Oculus Rift remote or touch controllers
It’s a good idea to use antibacterial wipes on the controllers, as they are in regular contact with your hands, which if you’re like most people, likely harbor well over 100 different species of bacteria at any given time.
How to clean your Oculus Rift sensor
The Oculus Rift sensor might not need to be cleaned as often as the rest of the hardware, but go ahead and use a dry, clean, lint-free cloth on the lens and an outward spiraling pattern to wipe it. Use a dry cloth on the rest of the stand as well.
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