4 Killer Tips to Clean your Keyboard Right Now

by | May 16, 2011 | General Tech

Feeling a little sticky? Learn how to clean your keyboard in a few seconds.

Most of us are familiar with the rumor that our keyboard could be dirtier than a toilet seat. While that statement is disconcerting, many wonder if it’s actually 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 fact isn’t sufficient cause to clean your keyboard, the simple fact that you touch it all day, every day should be. Luckily for you, we have some tips that can help you clean your keyboard both 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 intend to.

For a quick fix

A can of compressed air can quickly get rid of the majority of loose dirt and debris. The dust and dirt that accumulates beneath those keys can get thick pretty quickly. This clears that right up.

Spray the compressed air while your keyboard is upside down and tap the keyboard until you see loose dirt fall out. You might have to do this a couple of times in order to get rid of the majority of the debris. To make sure you’re really getting it clean, dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol and swab the edges of the keys.

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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 they’ve been removed, use the air compressor to get rid of the loose dirt first. Then wipe the entire keyboard with a moist cloth. Finish it off by again cleaning each of the keys with the isopropyl alcohol.

After a spill

If your keyboard is dirty due to an accidental spill, disconnect the keyboard right away and turn the keyboard upside down and shake it. Try to dry it with a cloth while it is still upside down, and leave the keyboard upside down for as long as possible.

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

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.