How do you clean your Oculus Rift?

It doesn't matter if you're the sole user of your Oculus Rift or if it's the life of the party for you and your friends and family, it's going to get dirty. Oils, grease, fingerprints, and who-knows-what-else are going to end up all over it. You spent good money on your favorite new toy, so don't let it become a host for bacteria and grime. Keep it clean on a regular basis and you'll feel better wearing it.

Cleaning the face cushion

The facial interface foam on the headset is soft and comfortable; it almost feels like felt. Unfortunately it's also super absorbent if you start sweating. The best thing to clean them with are non-abrasive, antibacterial wipes. You'll want to use the skin-safe kind (think baby wipes or makeup removal cloths) rather than the kind you might use to clean your kitchen counter. It's also important to allow the foam to dry completely before wearing the headset again.

Cleaning the head strap

The vertical and horizontal head straps are going to take on oils from your hair and scalp. If you have multiple people regularly using your headset the straps are going to make contact with many a scalp, and they're going to need cleaning, too. The same non-abrasive, antibacterial wipes that you use to clean the face cushion can be used to clean the straps. An alternative would be to use a clean cloth, soaked in soapy warm water and wrung out extremely well; wipe the head straps down and then promptly dry them with a clean towel.

Cleaning the lenses

No matter how hard you try to avoid fingerprints on your lenses, they're going to end up there. Use a dry microfiber cloth to remove those fingerprints, as well as any other grimey stuff that may have ended up there. Start in the middle of the lens and slowly work your way out toward the edges in a circular motion.

Cleaning the sensor

To clean the sensor (which is a pretty important part of this whole package) use a dry microfiber cloth and wipe carefully in a circular motion to remove any fingerprints, dust, or other grime that may have found its way onto it.

For cleaning the sensor stand, use a dry cloth if you're just looking to remove any dust or other particles; use a non-abrasive, antibacterial wipe if it's in need of a more thorough cleaning.

Cleaning the headphones

The headphones are detachable, which may mean they get worn a little less, depending on the games you've been playing. They could still pick up some oils over time, and they are covered with the same fabric that many headphones use. Should they require a little wipe down, use a skin-safe, non-abrasive, antibacterial wipe (just a few quick passes will do the trick, since you don't want the fabric to absorb any significant liquid).

Cleaning the Oculus Remote

Think about the last time you cleaned your TV remote...come to think of it, have you ever cleaned your TV remote? You should. You should also regularly clean your Oculus Remote because hands are kinda gross sometimes. Grease, oils, fingerprints, you name it and it gets all over the remote. A daily wipe with a dry cloth is good maintenance, but a more thorough and careful clean with a non-abrasive, antibacterial wipe would also be a good idea.

Extra helpful tips

  • Remove any makeup before putting the headset on, especially stuff like foundation.

  • Wipe your face with a skin-safe, antibacterial cleansing cloth and let it dry before you play. By doing this, you're not only stopping bacteria and sweat from ending up on the face cushion, you're stopping your pores from clogging with oils while you play.

  • If you plan on some intense, prolonged gameplay, wear a sport headband to keep sweat from dripping down your forehead and into the face cushion.

  • Consider buying a VR headset cover. There are several companies currently manufacturing cotton covers for VR face cushions that are removable and machine washable.