Stop laughing at the back there.
I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in H/A, but it is technology related, so here it is.
I have a couple of items of computery equipment, specifically an old (c. 2011) laptop and an external DVD-ROM drive of a similar age, that were produced with a "soft touch" rubberised external coating on their plastics. My new laptop has the same thing on its palmrest and deck, and my three year old or so mouse has it too. It's pretty common (I'm sure many of you have devices like this), and it's pleasant to the touch and to use, usually nicer than just bare plastic.
But the coating on these older items seem to be degrading, and specifically, getting sticky; not just to the touch, which is unpleasant enough, but such that lint, or animal hairs, or dust, or whatever is in fact actually sticking to them.
These devices are still perfectly functional in themselves and I'd rather keep them going for a bit longer, for as long as they remain useful. And also, this is likely to happen to my new laptop in due course, I should imagine, and probably long before I'll actually be done with it.
Has anyone got any idea if there's any way I can clean them such that the stickiness goes away? Or even, in the case of the older devices, being able to strip the stuff off altogether, however ugly that would render them? And is there any way of preventing this on my new machine or is it inevitable that this will happen when the coating reaches a certain age?