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Keep your keyboard clean with these tips

Business Technology | April 22, 2011

Most of us are familiar with 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 frightening fact.

If that alone doesn’t make you want to clean your keyboard, the fact that you use it on a daily basis should be. The germs that accumulate due to sickness, food, and just everyday bacteria can quickly add up and spread to other items on your desk. Luckily, we have some tips that can help you clean your keyboard quickly and effectively.

Detach the keyboard

Regardless of whatever cleaning method you’re using, it’s always important to disconnect your keyboard first. Failing to do so could cause your computer to be damaged. It could also cause you to accidentally type some things or perform actions on your machine that you didn’t mean to.

For a quick fix

Try utilizing a can of compressed air to get out any loose debris that has gathered inside your keyboard. We’ve all seen how dirty it gets beneath those keys, and this eliminates the majority of that dirt in just a few seconds.

Turn the keyboard upside down and spray the compressed air onto the keys. Then tap the keyboard on a flat surface a few 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 you are aiming to do more than just remove the loose dirt, a thorough cleaning is in order. You can start by gently prying up all of the keys with a screwdriver or something similar.

Once the keys have been removed, you should utilize the air compressor to get out all of the loose debris. Follow that up by swabbing everything with a damp cloth and cleaning the keys individually with the isopropyl alcohol.

After a spill

If you just need to know what to do after you’ve spilled on your keyboard, it’s simple. Immediately unplug the keyboard, turn it upside down and use a cloth to soak up all of the excess liquid. Then leave the keyboard upside down for as long as possible to make sure it is completely dry.

For more tips on cleaning your keyboard check out this how-to guide.


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