Whether it's from general use or a spilled drink, everyone needs to clean their computer keyboard from time to time. This is a guide to cleaning a computer keyboard.
A few years ago I thought I was so bright when I cleaned my keyboard with the edge of an index card. That is completely outdated. Today I learned to use the sticky edge of a Post It. I got gunk out of there I didn't even know I had brought near my computer. Try it. You'll be amazed that something so simple, works so great.
Source: When I open my ATT browser, I get Yahoo news articles. Today I saw this hint and tried it. It really works.
I also use a paint brush, however I would like to know what compressed air you can use? That would bring out the stuff that's down under.
We keep a couple cans of air for this (as mentioned by PDG). I think we get ours either in the electronics or offices supply department. But if we happen to run out, I'll remember this tip!
Awesome tip. I have a 12yo keyboard that I banged upside down once a month and cleaned with a paintbrush and it still works LOL. Once a year I removed all the keys and cleaned everything thoroughly.
Now I have a laptop with one of those flat keyboards. I hate it. The keys are very close together and (supposedly) will not allow dirt in. I sure can't get the paint brush in there and can't afford the pricey compressed air.
I just tried your tip and it is marvelous. I didn't find any dirt but I found tons of cat hair. I lay a mag across the keyboard if I leave it open so she won't lay on it but it sure collected it from the air.
Thanks for a great tip.
By Cheryl from Missouri
Editor's Note: Water has meant death to keyboards for me, so this method scares me.
I use tapered Make-Up Sponges Dipped In Fabulous 70% Alcohol To Clean Keyboards. Works for me.
By JK Finnell from Rifle, CO
The absolute best, most effective & detailed way is to pop all the keys off, clean/soak the keys in a light soap/water mixture or bleach water mix. and hit the board with q-tips and alcohol or water. NOTE: If you are afraid you will forget where they go... take a picture of the keyboard before you start, or you can simply google your keyboards button layout.
DO NOT use canned air! You will blow dirt to harder to reach places, and it is MURDER to have that stuff around.
Use an ordinary vacuum instead. It gets rid of dirt and debris, and does not blow it into harder to reach places.
After that, use a soft bath or car wash sponge and ordinary soapy dish water. Not the hard yellow/green kitchen sponges, use a soft natural looking sponge. Hold the keyboard upside down and scrub it a few seconds with the soft sponge. Let it drip dry for a minute, then vacuum it again to completely dry it.
That is all there is to it! That is how professionals do it. No need for any weird rigamarole or expensive cleaners.
Use a sticky note to get dust from between the keys after shaking and vacuuming the keys. Just put the "sticky end in the space between the keys as far down as you can then drag it to the end of the line. It is amazing what shows up on the note paper.
I found to my surprise that using cardboard from a toilet paper roll, about the size of a large paperclip, makes an excellent hair and debris picker-upper from off the keyboard.
Take an old toothbrush and wet the bristles with vinegar, then press the bristles against a towel so the bristles are almost dry. Use the toothbrush between the keys gently, just like you would if brushing your teeth.
Dip an old toothbrush in nail polish remover and scrub debris from your keyboard. Make sure to shake out the excess nail polish remover before scrubbing the keyboard.
Reading the tip on cleaning a keyboard made me think of this tip. If you have a keyboard that seems dead or has too many sticky keys and you're about to pitch it, try this, it worked for me.
I use a moist Q-Tip all around and between the keys. Then I use the crevice tool of my vacuum to suck up the dust that is left over.
Use your hair dryer on the cool setting to clean your computer keyboard instead of spending money on expensive canned air. Turn the keyboard upside down and blow the air up into it. I clean the tower (CPU) now and then as well. Dust and hair accumulate around the fan and vents can cause all sorts of problems, such as over-heating.
I use alcohol wipes, such as those used for wiping skin before giving oneself an injection for diabetes. They clean the keys and spaces between them really well. They leave no residue, and are economical. Keep away from pets and children.
A technician pulled a lot of dust out of my son's keyboard, after his fan quit working. How do you clear dust out of your keyboard?
Frugalsurvie, where do you find a mini vacuum?
My desktop keyboard doesn't get very dusty under the keys but about every six months I gently pop the keys off one row at a time with a butter knife being sure to keep the keys lined up in the same order on the desk. Then I simply use dampened Q-tips to clean the exposed keyboard area, replace the keys and start on the next row. It only takes about fifteen minutes tops and I don't have to spend any money other than for the Q-tips which are inexpensive and already have on hand. For regular exposed key cleaning I just use my feather duster weekly when dusting the furniture.
As someone else mentioned; be sure to turn your computer off when cleaning the keyboard (or the monitor or tower).
This is just one sample of the mini vacs. You can also get them at the office supply stores. I hope that helps.
You can purchase keyboards that will go through the dishwasher, or wash by hand. I don't have one, but you can also purchase a can of pressurized air with a long thin straw attachment to shoot a blast of air into the small spaces between the keys.
When my keyboard need cleaning, I made a sketch of where each key belonged, and then gently lifted each key off using a wooden kabob stick. It was then easy to clean. I just clipped the keys back on, cleaning each one as I went.
When I worked in a pharmacy, we had several computers that were shared by all the staff within the pharmacy. At each shift change, one of us would go around with a paper towel that had alcohol on it and wipe down the keys.