How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

Our desks are now multi-purpose battlegrounds. After hours, we have lunch or snacks while responding to Slack messages or playing PC games. We also let our desktop sets collect dust when we retreat to the couch (or, let’s face it, bed) with our laptops.

Dirt and food crumbs can cause a filthy keyboard, which is not only unsanitary but can also interfere with the performance of your peripheral. Don’t let Dorito dust ruin your typing equipment. As spring approaches—and two-year WFH anniversaries—the time it’s to wash more than your hands.

If it is not a separate keyboard, we can assist you with cleaning your entire laptop. Otherwise, collect your cleaning equipment and learn how to clean a keyboard properly.

Turn It Upside Down

Turning the keyboard upside down, thumping the underside, and shaking out all the gunk is the simplest and most obvious method. Unplug the keyboard from your computer or disable its wireless feature, then lift it up and flip it so the keys face a clean surface for a moment.

Tap the bottom (not too hard) while holding it at various angles. You should be able to get rid of the majority of the loose items this way. Depending on your favorite treats, expect a flurry of crumbs, poppy seeds, and the like.

If you have a keyboard with removable keycaps (mechanical keyboards, in particular), remove them and shake the keyboard without them in the way. Tap the underside of the keyboard to remove any debris that has accumulated on the surface.

Brush Out the Muck

Dirty keyboards are such a nuisance that specially designed keyboard brushes(Opens in a new window) are available in a variety of shapes and sizes to assist you in sweeping away the crumbs, hair, and other sorts of crud you’ll discover among your contaminated QWERTY layout. Nylon cleaning brushes, which are available in cleaning packages or on their own, can resemble a small handheld duster, an ink pen, or even the brush of a car window ice scraper.

If you don’t want to spend money on a specialized brush, you may clean your keyboard with household items like a normal toothbrush or a discarded baby-bottle brush—no pricey, specialized gear required. Simply run the brush between your keys and your keyboard will be as clean as the day you got it.

Blow Out Your Keyboard

Canned air(Which opens in a new window) is a must-have for PC users, whether you want to clear out your keyboard or your gunked-up case fans. It can easily blow much of the dust out of the way of keyboards in particular. All you have to do is place the straw-like plastic hose into the can’s nostril and you’re set to go.

But you can’t just start spraying compressed air across your keyboard at random. First, take some precautions. Canned air will not remove all of the dirt under the keys, but it will blow away anything visible, scattering the particles around your desk and floor in a foul cloud. It’s preferable to do this outside, or in the bathtub.

Removing the keycaps will improve the effectiveness of this, so do that first if possible. Just don’t put the straw straight up against the surface you’re blowing on because canned air tends to condense, leaving pools of moisture or frost behind. Experiment, but at a safe distance to avoid damaging your keyboard.

Take Out the Cleaning Gel

Do you want to play Steve McQueen in The Blob Investing in some of the gooey, often brightly colored substance known as cleaning gel or cleaning gum is an icky-but-effective way to clean your computer keyboard? (One popular brand is Cyberclean(Which opens in a new window)

This gelatinous adhesive collects dust and dirt by squeezing into the smallest cracks in your keyboard (even between the keys) and sucking up any crumbly particles or dirt it comes into contact with. You can reuse the blob until it turns a dark grey, or until you can’t bear looking at or touching it anymore, which will most likely be sooner.

Give Your Keycaps a Bath

You’re in luck if you have a mechanical keyboard with replaceable keytops because these keys are simple to clean. Take a picture of the keyboard before you remove any keycaps so you know where to reinstall them all after you’re finished.

Soak your keycaps in a jar of soapy water to clean them. It’s as simple as filling a container with water, adding some hand or dish soap, and washing your keycaps with a little brush or towel after they’ve soaked. After that, let them dry completely to avoid shorting out your keyboard’s circuitry with dripping-wet caps.

If you really want to go the additional mile, you may disassemble some keyboards down to their bare chassis and get every last crumb out. You might only require a little screwdriver. Take pictures while you disassemble the keyboard so you know how to put it back together.

Clean All Your Electronics

Now that you’ve gotten the keyboard out of the way, it’s time to move on to your other equipment, which may have become dirty due to continuous use. We can assist you in cleaning your phone, tablet, headphones, laptop, desktop, TV, smart speaker, game controller, smartwatch, and fitness tracker properly.

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