How To Clean a Computer Keyboard

A dirty computer keyboard is not uncommon. And it is not surprising, since it is one of the more commonly handled computer peripheral parts along with the computer mouse. Follow the simple procedures outlined below to make sure that your computer keyboard is free of dirt and grime.

1. Gather all of the needed materials for cleaning of the computer keyboard.

Grab an unused paint brush and a handful of Q tips for the purpose. You will also need some dry microfiber cloth. For the cleaning agent, you can use either isopropyl alcohol or your choice of liquid cleanser. Dilute one part of this liquid cleanser into ten parts of water so that it would not be too thick for easier rinsing off later. Have a can of compressed air handy, or your trusty vacuum cleaner within reach. If you'll be doing some exhaustive cleaning, then you will need a screwdriver to disassemble the keyboard parts.
2. Follow the necessary safety measures to avoid accidental electrocution.

Of course, you will need to shutdown and unplug your computer from the power supply so as to be able to safely unplug the keyboard from the computer setup.

3. Start cleaning your computer keyboard.

Unhook the keyboard from the computer, making sure that you remember which port it was attached to. Start cleaning by loosening the dirt and grime with the use of the paint brush. Blow out the dust using the can of compressed air. Another option would be to have the dirt vacuumed out of the crevices. This option would be best for those people who are allergic to dust. Moisten the Q tips with either the alcohol or the liquid cleanser, and water mixture and wipe the sides of the keyboard keys clean. Finish off by wiping the keyboard parts with the dry microfiber cloth.

4. Disassemble the keyboard for thorough cleaning.

Remove the screws at the bottom of the keyboard to expose the keys. Carefully remove the keys one by one. Use the vacuum cleaner to suck the dirt out of the insides of the keyboard. Or you can also use the can of compressed air to do the trick. Clean each key by wiping it with the moistened microfiber cloth. For really dirty and grimy keyboard keys, you can opt to have them soaked in the alcohol or liquid cleanser and water mixture for a few minutes. Afterwards, dry them all out and replace them in their respective slots on the keyboard. Finish off by securing the screws at the base of the keyboard.

Make sure that you know the proper placement of the keys prior to disassembling them from the keyboard. This way, the cleaning of your computer keyboard goes without a hitch.


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