How to Clean a Keyboard
Keyboards become dirty after a long use even if you don't eat or smoke close to it. After some time, dust and other grime affect your keyboard's performance. Most of the time, general cleaning with compressed air and isopropyl alcohol is all you need to keep your keyboard working. Liquids are more dangerous for your keyboard so clean it immediately.
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When you buy any HP Laptops, Asus or Google Chromebooks or even Apple MacBook Pro or any other latest laptop, the first thing stuck in your mind is to figure out how to clean your keyboard. But every PC or laptop user knows that dirt and grime can pile up after some time and you just have to throw it out in the garbage.
With keyboards, it’s even difficult. If you don’t already know how to do it, it’s prospectively hard to just instinctively know how to clean your keyboard properly with all your electrical parts removed – not to mention, its nooks and crannies. It isn’t just a simple scrub and wipe job. You just have to be careful, so you won’t cause irreversible damage to your device. That’s on top of the fact that dirt and sebum stains are surprisingly hard to rub off.
Everyday messes are unavoidable, especially if you’re used to snacking at your desk or having a meal while working. Unless you're really, really careful, your keyboard will see its share of food particles getting stuck under its keys. Here are few things you can do when that happens:
1 | REMOVE LOOSE DEBRIS
Unplug your keyboard from your computer or turn your laptop off before removing debris.
Then just turn your keyboard upside down and shake it until debris is started removing from your keyboard.
2 | USE COMPRESS AIR
Shaking your keyboard isn't enough if debris is stuck between the keys. You have to use a bottle or can of compressed air to loosen it. Canned air is easily available in stores like Amazon.
Beverage spills are even harder to deal with. But, don’t worry: just because you spilled liquid on your keyboard, that doesn’t mean you have to buy a new keyboard or laptop.
Liquid spills are much harder to remove. Because you spilled your tea/coffee/beer/any liquid on your keyboard, it doesn't mean you have to buy a new keyboard or laptop.
1 | SHAKE OFF BEVERAGE
You should immediately turn off your laptop or remove keyboard from your personal computer(PC) if you spilled any liquid on it. Then you should turn your keyboard upside down away from your other devices.
2 | CLEAN WITH A LINT-FREE CLOTH
To remove a few drops from your keyboard, use a lint-free microfiber cloth (or any clean absorbent material like paper towel or a t-shirt, if nothing else is available). If you can spare it, then leave your keyboard to dry completely for 24 hours and some preferred 48 hours without using.
3 | DEALING WITH STICKY KEYS
If you spilled any other liquid other than water, make sure to check each key if it’s sticky. To clean these sticky keys, gently and carefully pop off the key-caps with a butter knife or a screwdriver, taking care to note their individual placements. If you’ve got a laptop, check with the manufacturer to double check that those key-caps are removable. Rub the sticky stain off on the keyboard base and the key-caps with a clean cloth and some alcohol solution or warm water. For hard to reach spots on the key-caps, consider using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Leave them out to dry completely before you place them back on.