Ultimate Oculus Rift Cleaning Guide

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“Begin with a dirty Oculus Rift.

Remove the original facial interface, give it a pull and it will pop out of place.

Wipe down the outer headset with antibacterial wipes. VR Cover’s wipes are alcohol and odour-free
making them skin-friendly and safe to use with your Rift.

Custom facial interfaces allow you to keep things clean easier, if necessary give the interface a wipe down.

For the lenses, give them a gentle rub with a clean microfiber cloth

PU leather foam replacements make life easier and can be wiped down between uses. They come in a variety of
different shapes, sizes and materials to suit different people and different scenarios

They’re simple to attach to the custom interface, and back on to the headset.

Now you’re Rift is looking fresh & ready to go.”

Product Links:

Oculus Rift Facial Interface & Foam Replacement Standard Set

Skin Friendly VR HMD Cleaning Wipes


Which VR Cover accessory is right for your HTC Vive?

After using your Vive for too many hours, having showed it off to too many friends and experienced a few of the less than pleasant scenarios that come with sharing a headset, it’s time to do something about it. Great, you’ve just found out we exist! We’ve been quietly adding to our HTC Vive product range for over a year and now offer eight different solutions, but which one is right for you? Here we take a look at benefits of the different products so you can make a more informed choice.

 

Combat Sweat


VR is great for working out. Whether you’re intentionally trying to shift some pounds or you just get a little carried away playing Holopoint, sweat is a real problem and one of the big reasons people begin looking for alternative accessories. Whereas you might assume our popular PU leather foam replacements would be best for this, we actually recommend otherwise. These three products will help to control sweating and allow you to enjoy the HTC Vive harder, and for longer than ever before.

 

HTC Vive Disposable Hygiene Cover Starter Kit – $15.00 Top Pick 

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The disposable hygiene covers are made with a special moisture absorbing material making them perfect for sweaty VR sessions. The starter kit includes a ‘base foam’ that attaches to your Vive in place of the stock foam, the covers are then attached with a light adhesive for a secure fit. Don’t bother with the distracting, paper-thin ninja-masks.

 

 

HTC Vive VR Cover – $19.00 

 

Our first ever accessory for the HTC Vive is still much loved by the VR community. It’s a simple cotton cover that attaches with Velcro straps over the stock foam adding an extra layer of protection. The covers absorb sweat well and are machine washable. Available in grey, red & blue.

 

 

 

 

More Immersion


Believe it or not, you can make your HTC Vive experiences more immersive by using thinner foam. The stock foam is attached with Velcro and can easily be pulled off, give it a try and see what it’s like to use the Vive with no foam at all – pretty uncomfortable and blurry probably but you’ll get an idea of the difference in FOV (field of view) compared with using the stock foam. These two foam replacements will improve FOV without compromising comfort too much.

 

HTC Vive Foam Replacement 6mm – $29.00Top Pick

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Our highly reviewed 6mm Foam Replacement brings your eyes closer to the lenses and pushes immersion to the max. It’s made from PU leather for easy cleaning and better suited for less active experiences where you aren’t likely to sweat too much. Share your Vive with friends and family often? This is the foam for you.

 

 

Improve Hygiene


If you regularly share your HTC Vive, whether it’s with friends and family at home, or you plan on using it at a demo with hundreds of people – hygiene has to be a major consideration. The stock foam on the HTC Vive can absorb sweat, dirt and germs that you don’t want to be sharing. Our PU leather foam replacements and covers have been scientifically tested to ensure no moisture is absorbed and the surface drys quickly using commercial antibacterial wipes.

 

HTC Vive Memory Foam Replacements 14mm – $29.00Top Pick
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The 14mm Foam Replacement attaches to the headset with Velcro in place of the stock foam so is simple to attach and remove. The PU leather doesn’t absorb any moisture and can be easily cleaned with antibacterial wipes between uses. The memory foam offers similar comfort to the stock foam making it perfect for demoing the Vive.


HTC Vive VR Cover (Organic Cotton)

New Gear VR Memory Foam Replacement & Organic Cotton Vive VR Cover

New releases for the Samsung Gear VR (2016 Model) and HTC Vive are now online!

We have improved on our previous foam replacements for the Gear VR and have designed this especially for the 2016 model. While the stock foam that comes with the Gear VR offers a reasonable level of comfort, when it comes to sharing with friends and cleaning, you’re in trouble. Our waterproof foam replacements are designed to be easily wiped clean between uses, for the best hygiene practice we recommend non-alcoholic anti-bacterial wipes.

Samsung Gear VR Foam Replacement (Waterproof for Exhibitions) 2017/2018 Model

Whether you share your headset with friends, or use the Samsung Gear VR at events and exhibitions you will want to keep things clean and sweat free. For those who are active in VR and use one of the many exercise apps this is especially important. The stock foam absorbs sweat and can quickly become like a wet sponge during a workout.  Our new foam replacements just need the occasional wipe down and you can keep going for hours.

HTC Vive VR Cover Organic Cotton

We are also happy to announce our much loved Vive VR Cover has received an upgrade and is now made from organic cotton. It feels smooth just like our previous Vive VR Cover but in this case, it is made from fabric woven with organic cotton fibers so you can feel  good about your purchase too!

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HTC Vive VR Cover Organic Cotton


How to prepare for a VR demo - an Infographic

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Whether you’re a business trying to attract potential customers in a unique way or you’re simply preparing for a family games night, follow our Infographic guide to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Before you start, take some time to think about the experience you want to offer and the hardware you’re going to use. If you’re representing a business using VR at an event or exhibition the experience should be different to that which you might show to your family or friends. Consider how long you’d like each person to spend with the headset as well as the logistics of the demo, if you want to show the best of VR and offer a real immersive experience the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are the obvious choices but they do require much more preparation. Alternatively if you’re planning on showing something more simple such as 360 videos consider the Samsung Gear VR which is completely portable and simple to set up.

Don’t forget about hygiene! Whether the same headset is going to be used by hundreds of people in a day or you’re showing an active game to a group of friends, the stock headset foam can easily become disgusting with dirt, sweat and bacteria quickly building up. You’ve got a couple of options, disposable covers will improve hygiene but they’re not the most comfortable and can be distracting.

If you want a more professional looking set up consider the VR Cover PU leather foam replacements and covers. Available for the HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and now the Oculus Rift, by using PU leather replacements you don’t need to worry about changing covers between uses, simply wipe down with anti-bacterial wipes or create your own DIY natural headset cleaner to ensure the headset stays fresh and clean.


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New washable velour foam replacement for the HTC Vive

HTC Vive Face Foam Pads

Today we launch our softest and most comfortable foam replacement for the HTC Vive so far.

It is made from a super soft velour fabric and memory foam. You basically sink into it and it can also be easily washed (wash cold / do not tumble dry).


Oculus Rift VR Cover

Stretchable Nosefree Oculus Rift VR Cover

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Our previous VR Cover for the Oculus Rift also covers the space around the nose and prevents some of the light leaking in. This works well but some people felt it was irritating on their nose. This new version of our Oculus Rift VR Cover does not cover the nose part and is made from stretchable and softer fabric that sits a bit tighter on the Oculus Rift compared to our first version.

We have also improved the overall fit of the VR Cover and sent this version to a few people who experienced problems with our previous version and the feedback has been great.


HTC Vive Foam Replacement 14mm

New HTC Vive Replacement Foam Pads

HTC Vive Memory Foam Pad

Today we launch our softest and most comfortable replacement foam for the HTC Vive so far. It is memory foam and you basically sink into it. We recommend this to be used for any kind of sweaty Vive activity or when you show VR to a lot of people and want a hygiene solution that is quick and easy to clean.

The field of view remains the same as if you would use the standard / official HTC Vive face foam pads.


How to clean your Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

We expect virtual reality to revolutionize the gaming industry. Now that several VR headsets are available, more consumers can get their hands on this amazing technology. But some issues have been around since the beginning of time, and continue to plague VR users today. Such as bacteria. After you wear the headset for a few hours, or after a few days, it’s likely that these creatures will grow, especially on the foam cushions that touch your face.

The Oculus Rift foam, Gear VR foam, or HTC Vive foam can all be affected by sweat, which starts to have an odor when mixed with bacteria. How do you clean the VR headset’s foam?

We can help with that at VR Cover, and here is how: Our convenient covers keep your virtual reality headset clean and comfortable, by sliding over the foam areas to prevent them from having direct contact with your face. Much like a pillowcase, you can wash it with your regular laundry.

But let’s talk about the general problems and solutions to virtual reality headset hygiene. First, be aware that many sweat glands lie in the areas where these pieces of foam touch your face, so you want to be diligent about keeping your face as clean as possible.

Try cleaning your face with an antibacterial cleaning wipe before you put on the headset. You might even want to wear a headband or bandana when using your VR headset, to prevent sweat from running down into your face. And ladies, you probably want to forgo wearing makeup when you’re going to use your VR headset.

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. We at VR Cover strive to make things easier for you; have a look around the VR Cover website to see some options. With a few precautions, you can keep your VR headset clean and sanitary, so you can enjoy many hours of using it!


Virtual Reality Headset Hygiene Best Practices

The general consensus is that by and large the troubles plaguing virtual reality in the past are behind us. Time will tell if virtual reality finally achieves the place in the home so many, including us, believe it deserves, but there is yet one hurdle that doesn’t get a lot of attention.

Hygiene for Virtual Reality Headsets

So you have everything ready to go for an extended VR demo session. You have two people on one virtual reality demo station. One person fixing up the computer, launching the demos and talking to people and one person managing the cable jungle and cleaning the headset in between uses. Great!

We had a look at some studies related to headset and office hygiene to give you an idea why cleaning your VR HMD in between uses makes sense.

Dr Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona conducted a study analyzed 7,000 samples from offices around the USA. The study found that the highest form of germ contamination areas were telephones, desktops and keyboards. Surprisingly, toilet seats consistently had the lowest bacteria levels of the 12 surfaces tested. Microbiological populations found include potentially dangerous and contagious organisms like E.coli, Klebsiella pneumonia, Streptococcus and Salmonella. The same bacteria can be found on telephones, and ear cushions.

The study got commissioned by a major clean wipes company but you get the idea. There are some nasties out there.

Gupta, Wantland and Klien (1996) suggest that much of the peripheral equipment used in VR are potential fomites. A fomite is a harmless object that is able to harbour pathogenic organisms and therefore, may serve as an agent for the transmission of infections. They go on to suggest that airborne pathogens and skin flora thrive in environments similar to those of HMDs and hand controller devices.

So what kind of infectious disease can be spread by sharing VR headsets?

The most common infectious diseases and are usually transmitted by close contact with the saliva or nasal secretions from an infected individual are influenza, strep throat, pink eye, and meningitis. Because of the enclosed nature of HMD’s they can become quite warm causing the user to sweat and this can be exacerbated if the user is forced to move around while playing.

Here are some suggestions for keeping your headset clean and in good shape even when showing it to hundreds of people:

  1. Wipe the lens and foam using a microfiber cloth, the same kind you would use to clean glasses or a computer screen.  Dab the cloth into water or soapy water, when necessary. Even better get one of our waterproof VR Cover that are easier to clean.
  2. We recommend you wipe our waterproof VR Cover with non alcoholic anti bacterial wipes after every user and use alocholic wipes just every 10 – 15 users. The residue from alcoholic wipes can be a bit harsh on some people’s skin.
  3. Use watch glass protectors or some other form of plastic to cover the lenses. This can help to prevent scratches.
  4. Keep your VR headset somewhere where it won’t collect dust, use a can of compressed air to blow it out of any nooks and crannies.

It is important for the life of your HMD that you take care of it, store it properly and keep it clean. But beyond just ensuring you get the most use possible out of your purchase before having to replace it, it will also ensure that you and your users remain healthy and free of unpleasant illnesses.