Hygiene can often be overlooked, but is important with something so firmly mounted on your face and shared between co-workers. It is smart to not use the standard face foam and replace it with something easier to clean.

Oculus Rift Cleaning Instructions

The Oculus Rift foam stays attached to the headset, so here are some options for cleaning it:

A soft cloth to remove sweat and oils helps keep the foam clean. You can also use antibacterial wipes, but choose some made without alcohol or other abrasive ingredients. We recommend you not use any alcohol on your Oculus Rift foam. 

You’ll want to clean the foam after each use, and make sure it’s completely dry before you use it again. But we don’t recommend using a hair dryer, or letting it dry in direct sunlight, which can degrade the material. See here for further Oculus Rift cleaning instructions.

Users of paintball helmets, and related activities, have dealt with this problem also, and some advice for them would apply to the VR headsets. One of their suggestions involved storing your helmet, (or VR headset) in an area with good air circulation. Keeping it in a trunk or closed up in a tote bag can contribute to odors.

HTC Vive Cleaning Instructions

In the User Guide, HTC Vive recommends that you remove the foam and clean it with a cloth and cold water. Gently wipe the area you want to clean, but don’t soak it in water or run water over it. Don’t use any kind of bleach. We recommend avoiding alcohol to clean the HTC Vive foam, as well.

After cleaning it with the cloth, simply let it air dry. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and don’t put it in the dryer.

At the end of the day, you have choices for how to keep your Virtual Reality headset clean. With a few precautions, you can keep your VR headset clean and sanitary, so you can enjoy many hours of using it!

Here you can find one of the pages that deliver cleaning gear, and extra gear for your VR hardware. 
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