How to Clean Keyboards

How to Clean Keyboards

Keyboards are one of the most important parts of your computer’s hardware. However, since they’re constantly in contact with your skin, they might get dirty, even if you take good care of them. This guide teaches you what you need to do to clean your keyboard, whether you have a laptop or a desktop.

Declutter Your Desk

If you want to need clean your keyboard then you need have must cleaning equipment in the office. In many cases, you have to remove the pieces, so you need a clean space to organize them.

Additionally, you might want to unplug your keyboard, which is something many people do. However, you should keep in mind that it doesn’t matter much – your keyboard’s integrity can stay intact, even if it’s on the whole time. Even so, if you leave it on, you might see some amusing happenings on your computer screen while you’re cleaning it.

Wipe the Keyboard

Although cleaning your keyboard will require you to remove the keys and the dirt inside it, you need to get rid of any debris or spills on the surface first.

Take a simple cloth and start carefully wiping your keyboard to remove any dirt. Furthermore, make sure you clean as much debris as possible from the surface.

Remove All the Keys

Now that you’ve cleaned the surface of your keyboard, it’s time to remove the keys and take care of the dirt inside them.

Keep in mind that you can only do this if you have a mechanical keyboard. Thus, you shouldn’t try it if you have a laptop. Nonetheless, there are other suggestions you can try for your laptop (those are addressed later).

If you have a mechanical keyboard, then get a screwdriver and start removing the keys one by one. It might be tedious work at first, but it’s necessary if you want to make sure that your keyboard is completely clean.

Make Sure the Keys Are Organized

When you’re cleaning your keyboard, it’s very easy to lose pieces or accidentally disorganize them. Therefore, what you want is to organize the keys in a way that you know you can put them back together later.

You should also be careful with any additional parts that come with your keyboard and make sure that you don’t lose any special keys. A good example of this is that some keys have metal spring bars on the bottom, so you should take good care of them.

Clean the Empty Spaces

In this step, you have already removed all your keys, so you can start cleaning the empty spaces. To get the dirt and debris out of the tight spots, you can use a paintbrush.

Additionally, you can use a paper towel (it can be damp, but not much – preferably almost dry), or with some rubbing alcohol. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you have to wipe the area clean, so take advantage of the materials you have to achieve that.

Take the Dirt Out of the Keys

Some people believe that just because they’re very careful around their keyboards, they don’t need to clean them. However, that’s not the case – it doesn’t matter how much you take care of it the keys can still accumulate dirt and debris.

You can get most dirt out of the keys with some rubbing alcohol and a paper towel, and if you don’t have alcohol, you can use a small amount of water. Make sure you get the sides of the keys as well since they’re probably the dirtiest part of your keyboard.

Replace All the Keys

Your keys are all clean – now you need to replace them. First of all, having your phone nearby can really help since you can use the flashlight option to make sure you’re inserting the keys where they’re supposed to be.

Keep in mind that replacing the keys might take a while because you have to guarantee you’re placing them correctly. At the same time, it might take some force to replace your keys, but that’s completely normal – don’t be afraid of it.

If you have keys with special pieces, you should start by inserting those parts first, and then put the rest of the keys you have. This specific step is the primary reason why so many people prefer to unplug their keyboard before cleaning it – it might be very convenient since you don’t need to deal with the cord moving around.

What to Do if You Have a Laptop

Taking the keys out of your keyboard is not an option if you have a laptop. However, there are other things you can do.

You could, for example, use a paintbrush and some rubbing alcohol. In some cases, your keyboard might be too small, so using a smaller brush or a toothpick might be the best idea. It all depends on what you have.

Clean the Cord

Regardless of whether you unplugged your keyboard or not, you can still clean the cord. Take a damp paper towel and rub it down its whole length, and you can repeat the process as many times as needed for you to take all the dirt off.

If you have a laptop, you can also wipe it with rubbing alcohol, but don’t use it on the screen. If you do, it might stain it forever.

Plug it!

The last step of the process is to plug your keyboard back in if it’s not already plugged in your computer! Take a good look at it and try to see if you missed any spots on the outside. Turn the keyboard on and test your work!

Keynote Takeaways

Cleaning your keyboard is an essential thing you need to do to guarantee your computer lasts a long time. All devices need maintenance, and your keyboard is a specific part of your PC’s or laptop’s hardware that always comes in contact with your hands.

Consequently, it’s clearly more prone to get dirty. However, now that you know the steps to clean it, you can do it at home! Here we are also sharing an office toilet floor mopping new step-by-step guide

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Hi, you can call me Steve. I have been with Clean Group for almost four years now and work as a Regional Operations Manager in Sydney. I manage a team of 10 and am responsible for the day-to-day management of cleaning operations, planning, online assessment for clients, overseeing operations, collecting clients' feedback and ensuring proper & regular maintenance of cleaning equipment. Having more than 30 years of experience in the commercial cleaning industry, I am familiar with my clients’ needs and always able to meet their expectations. Do reach me for a quick chat about your cleaning needs.

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