Clean your keyboard with these suggestions

On April 21, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Staff Contributor

Most of us have heard the rumor that our keyboard could be dirtier than a toilet seat. While that statement is startling, many wonder if it’s in fact true. While levels of germs vary from keyboard to keyboard, some have shown higher levels than those on a toilet seat, which is a scary fact.

If that isn’t enough to encourage you to clean your keyboard, consider the fact that you touch it every day, when you’re sick and when you’re eating. If you don’t clean it often enough, those germs can rapidly accumulate and spread to other items on your desk. Here are some tips that can help you clean your keyboard quickly and effectively.

Detach the keyboard

No matter what cleaning method you use, it’s important that you detach the keyboard first. This can prevent you from accidentally performing certain actions on your computer. It also prevents damage to your computer, which could be expensive.

For a quick fix

Try using a can of compressed air to get rid of the loose dirt that has gathered. This is a very basic way to clean your keyboard without taking up too much time.

Turn the keyboard upside down and spray the compressed air onto the keys. Then tap the keyboard on a flat surface several times to get rid of everything that came loose. Follow that up by swiping the edges of the keys with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol to get rid of the majority of the germs.

For a more thorough cleaning

If simply cleaning out the dirt isn’t enough for you, you can remove the keys for a more squeaky-clean keyboard. The keys can be taken off by gently prying them up with a small screwdriver or something similar.

Once the keys are off, you should utilize the can of compressed air to eliminate all of the loose dirt. Then wipe the entire keyboard with a damp cloth. Finally, clean all of the keys with isopropyl alcohol to get a more serious clean.

After a spill

If you’re simply doing a little damage control after a spill, the solution is easy. Disconnect the keyboard, turn it upside down right away and put a cloth underneath it to soak up all of the excess liquid. You will then want to leave the keyboard upside down for as long as possible to ensure that it is totally dry.

If you’d like more keyboard cleaning tips, take a look at this how-to guide.


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