Clean your dirty keyboard!
Originally posted to wibc.com on 06/06/2011
Think about how many times a day you touch your keyboard … ready to clean it yet?
Here’s what you will need:
A keyboard disconnected from a desktop computer, or a laptop keyboard
A flathead screwdriver
A bowl of warm water
A can of compressed air
A digital camera
A hand-held vacuum or upright vacuum with a hand-held attachment
Step 1: Shake keyboard
If you’re cleaning a laptop keyboard, remove the cord and the battery. Flip the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to dislodge any debris.
Tip: For future reference, take a photo of your keyboard before you dismantle it.
Step 2: Remove keys
Turn the keyboard right-side up and rest on a flat surface. Slide the tip of a flathead screwdriver under the bottom left key, pry it free, and soak in a bowl of soapy water. Repeat with the rest of the small keys. Leave the larger keys — such as the space bar, enter, and shift — since they’re harder to reattach.
Step 3: Clean and dry keys
Rinse the keys individually in fresh water and lay them on a towel to air-dry. Let the keys dry for 24 hours.
Step 4: Spray compressed air
Take a can of compressed air and spray the entire keyboard shell.
Tip: You can also run a hand-held vacuum over the shell.
Step 5: Dab with alcohol
Dip the end of a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and run it along the board, making sure to reach all the nooks and crannies.
Step 6: Reassemble
When the keys have dried completely, reassemble the keyboard by snapping each key back into place.
Step 7: Keep it clean
Your keyboard looks like new! To help keep it clean, wash your hands before each use and never eat or drink while typing.