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Cleaning a Laptop Keyboard

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Laptop computer keyboards can get dirty, especially if you eat while you use your computer. Dirt and grime build up can result in stubborn or "dead" keys. Keyboard replacement can be expensive. This is a page about cleaning a laptop keyboard.


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By 6 found this helpful
July 12, 2011

The best way to clean your laptop or tower keyboard is to turn it over and shake the dust out of it then run the vacuum brush over it. If you have sticky keyboards, you can simply clean them with a damp cloth and small toothbrush. I recommend a dry toothbrush, so you don't get underneath the keys wet.

Have a policy of not eating when you are near your computer. This prevents a lot of costly mishaps. If you spill something on it, get it up immediately. If it is a large amount of liquid, try drying it with a hair dryer. Keyboards have a protective layer underneath but that doesn't mean it will keep your electronics working.

To clean your screen, simply use a damp cloth. Dry immediately. Take the time to vacuum the back of your tower as well. It gets dirt in it and can stop your fan from cooling which leads to greater problems. Hope this helps someone along the way.

Source: My husband works on computers.

By gem from VA

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September 7, 2014

I recently noticed how dirty one of our computer keyboards had become. I tried a baby wipe and it didn't work. I wasn't sure how to clean the keys until my mom suggested trying a damp microfiber. It worked like magic and it was quick too!


Unplug the keyboard. Then slightly dampen a microfiber cloth and gently rub each key until it is clean. Make sure the keyboard is completely dry before you plug it back in and use it.

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By 3 found this helpful
July 18, 2011

To clean a sticking keyboard, grab a bunch of Q-tips and a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Gently pop off one sticky key at a time. Clean underneath and press back on. Now clean the exterior of the keys (also kills any germs). I use a cotton ball for the larger areas. Spray canned air in between keys. Don't forget to spray the vents on the side and/or underneath if you have a laptop. This is vital in keeping the temperature cool.


By linda from MI

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July 16, 2011

Even cigarette ashes are bad for the keyboard, also cat hair, dander, and dust. I used to turn the keyboard upside down and gently tap it on the garbage can. A lot of stuff fell out.

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By 1 found this helpful
July 13, 2011

Unplug and put in dishwasher!

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By 2 found this helpful
July 13, 2011

I clean my keyboard using the alcohol wipes that are used to clean an area before sticking a needle in you. I have so many of them, the supply company keeps sending me a whole box, and I only use two or three each time I need them.

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July 17, 2011

I use an old blush brush that has been washed and dried to swish away dust and things off my laptop

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May 21, 20180 found this helpful

Here is a non-dental use for those little brushes designed to clean between your teeth. They can be used to carefully clean around the edges of laptop keys.


This is a page about clean laptop keys with an interdental brush.

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