Since its March 2016 release, the Oculus Rift has continually delivered high-value VR experience to its users globally. Whether embarking on a virtual tour with the 2017 Google street view, or going on a creative exploration using Educational Minecraft, or actively gaming with friends in Echo Arena, this is arguably one of the best VR headsets available globally.

Sadly, regardless of how fanciful, sleek or important a gameplay or VR experience is, no one loves the idea of placing a yucky and stinky Oculus Rift over their head. No! Never!!!

Although wearing the Rift is hyper-comfortable due to its foam paddings, the design team solved a problem by creating another. Oh, the stench! The problem created is so huge that whenever users consider wearing a friend’s VR headset or a headset at a public gaming spot, the thought of the stench, germs, and bacteria in the padding gives enough reasons for a second thought.

At the thought of avoiding such irritating experiences, various gamers and users who frequently sport these technological marvels often wonder how to clean their oculus rift padding. Additionally, when owners remember that cosmetic wear and tear are not covered by their warranty, they become more interested in cleaning their Rift padding.

Method 1. Wipe frequently

Since the padding comes in frequent direct contact with sweat, it is advisable to use moist non-abrasive anti-bacterial wipes to clean them. This would minimize the awful smell that could ooze embarrassingly from your Rift padding should little care be given. The use of abrasive solutions and alcohol during cleaning is greatly discouraged.

Method 2. Wash seldom

Should the above method prove ineffective in cleaning your Oculus Rift padding, you could carefully remove the padding from the Rift. After removing the padding from the rift, it should be washed, rinsed dried and replaced as brand new.

Given its foam rubber composition, it tends to absorb and retain sweat, which can become highly disgusting over time. Moreover, care should be taken to avoid excessively squeezing the padding during washing or rinsing as this could destroy its structural integrity over time and lead to a loss of its padding ability during VR gameplay. Also, ensure you use an antibacterial soap to wash the padding in order to kill off germs.

Method 3: Utilize a VR headset cover

In a bid to leverage the existing Oculus Rift Headset hygiene opportunity, various firms have released ideal VR headset covers that are perfect fits, comfortable to the head, easy to maintain and gentle on the wallets. Most of these VR covers are available on Amazon.

Avoid sweaty gaming experiences by using the above methods, however, should you be on a tight budget and still want to avoid these irritating experiences, opt for a comfortable headband. Cleaning your Oculus Rift never has to cost you an arm or an eye!

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