How to Clean Your Keyboard

Posted On April 16, 2018


Did you know your computer keyboard is one of the most forgotten about objects when cleaning? Having a clean keyboard can help you sell your laptop for more money.

How Is it So Dirty?

When you consider how often your computer is used and how often it’s cleaned; it’s easy to see how it’s so dirty. If you work at your computer quite frequently; there’s a strong chance you’re eating at your desk meaning sticky fingers and crumbs are adding to daily dust.

Statistics show that 1 in 5 people forget to wash their hands after using the bathroom; meaning 1 in 5 computer keyboards could be exposed to bathroom germs…

So between crisp crumbs and the lack of hand washing;  your computer keyboard is already looking quite grim. To make matters worse office cleaning staff and homeowners forget to clean computer keyboards; some have never been cleaned.

How to Clean Your Keyboard

First of all, switch off your machine or unplug your keyboard. There are multiple ways to clean your keyboard, but whatever you do, don’t try and clean it with anything wet!

Dust Busting

Before you start; turn your device over and shake out all the dirt, generally a gentle tap when its upside down will do the trick. You will need to do this from all angles as the keys will stop dirt from falling out easily.

Like anything in your house, your keyboard will gather plenty of dust, getting rid of this isn’t hard at all. You can buy canisters of compressed air with a specially adapted nozzle which fires clean air under your keys. We recommend tilting your keyboard at a 75-degree angle while doing this to ensure you’re not just forcing the dirt and dust further into your keyboard.

Cleaning the keys

After hearing the statistics about germs from the bathroom, it’s no surprise you’re probably itching to use some Dettol. Our advice is to use an antibacterial wet wipe; some can be very damp when they are straight out of the packet, so leave it for a while to ensure it’s damp, not wet. If your computer is really filthy you might want to take the wet wipe and use it to soak a cotton ear bud; cleaning each key individually.

Key Removal

If things are really bad and your keys are still getting stuck you may need to remove your keys. This totally depends on the type of keyboard your cleaning so we recommend doing a search on your specific device. You can also find toolkits on Amazon to help with the process of getting your keys back on, as it can be fiddly.

Cleanse and Repeat

Cleaning your keyboard should be done regularly. We recommend including it in your weekly tidy up. It’s worth thinking about the number of times you should wash your hands on a weekly basis. Your computer will be continually spreading dirt so it’s advised you clean it as much as possible.

If cleaning your keyboard hasn’t solved the problems you’ve been having it might be time to recycle it and get a new one!

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