With lots of little hands using your computer keyboard, it can get pretty dirty. Regular cleaning will keep your keys clicking and grime free.
Time Required: 5 Minutes
- Turn your computer off.
- Disconnect the keyboard.
- Gently turn the keyboard over and shake to remove loose dust and particles.
- Use the compressed air to blow between keys and dislodge dirt trapped underneath.
- Turn the keyboard over again and shake to remove loosened dirt.
- Put a small amount of cleaner on the cloth or swab. They should be slightly damp to avoid dripping liquids into your keyboard.
- Gently clean keyboard keys and other surface areas. Do not use abrasives or scraping action on the keys, or you may risk removing their labels.
- If there is still grime around the edges of the keys, try using an alcohol-based wipe or a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a dust free cloth. Once again, this may remove or damage the letters on top of the keys, so proceed with caution.
- Allow the keyboard to dry, if necessary, before plugging it back into your computer.
- Never submerge the keyboard in water.
- Sticky fluids under the keys are nearly impossible to remove. Consider buying a new keyboard.
- Some keyboard keys may be removable. Read the directions that came with your computer/keyboard before attempting to remove keys.
- Some keyboards are dishwasher safe. If you have a consistent problem with spills and dirt, consider purchasing one of these.
What You Need
- Dust-free cloth or cotton swab
- Gentle cleaner (water with a few drops of dish detergent work just fine)
- Can of compressed air (available at most office supply stores)
- Alcohol wipes or rubbing alcohol