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How To Clean Your Desktop Keyboard


With lots of little hands using your computer keyboard, it can get pretty dirty. Regular cleaning will keep your keys clicking and grime free.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Turn your computer off.
  2. Disconnect the keyboard.
  3. Gently turn the keyboard over and shake to remove loose dust and particles.
  4. Use the compressed air to blow between keys and dislodge dirt trapped underneath.
  5. Turn the keyboard over again and shake to remove loosened dirt.
  6. Put a small amount of cleaner on the cloth or swab. They should be slightly damp to avoid dripping liquids into your keyboard.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Allow the keyboard to dry, if necessary, before plugging it back into your computer.


  1. Never submerge the keyboard in water.
  2. Sticky fluids under the keys are nearly impossible to remove. Consider buying a new keyboard.
  3. Some keyboard keys may be removable. Read the directions that came with your computer/keyboard before attempting to remove keys.
  4. 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
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