With constant use and accumulated dirt, your computer’s keyboard could appear grimy. Not only can this affect the look but also its function. Your computer keyboard should be regularly cleaned to prevent this from happening. You should clean it at least one or two times a month. This article will walk you through step-by-step on how to do it.
Cleaning External Keyboard
- Shut your computer down and detach the keyboard
Do not remove the keyboard connector while the computer is still running. Doing so may end up damaging the machine.
- Turn the keyboard upside down and give it a few hard taps
You will notice that crumbs and dust particles and other kinds of dirt will fall out from your keyboard. You may want to place a piece of newspaper down as you tap the keyboard.
- Blow compressed air
Blow compressed air around and in the keycaps. This will help in loosening any dirt that was left behind after tapping the keyboard. Just make sure never to spray while you are holding the can upside down, and use the straw that comes with the can. Doing so will cause propellant to spray on the keyboard.
- Wipe the keys using a soft, damp cloth
Now that you have removed all the dirt particles, use a damp cloth or cotton swab to clean the keys. Use an antibacterial spray, most preferably isopropyl alcohol. Using other materials could end up damaging the coating of the keyboard leading to more severe problems.
Cleaning Laptop Keyboards
- Start by turning your laptop off
Unplug it from the power source, disconnect it and remove any memory sticks or USB wires. It is always a safety measure to unplug when dealing with any electronics.
- Tilt your laptop forward
For a simple cleaning, you can tilt your laptop forward and tap it at the back. Any particles lodged between the keys will hopefully fall out
- Use a clean, slightly damp cloth to wipe
Use a clean and slightly damp cloth to wipe the keyboard. It is good if you can use only water; however, make sure never to spray water directly onto the keyboard. The liquid could sweep into more important components of the laptop and cause more harm to it and possibly to you too. You can take the end of a teaspoon or a small knife; wrap the damp cotton at the end and drag it along the edges of the keys and the keyboard.
- Run a vacuum cleaner over the keys
By doing this, you will help your laptop get rid of any other dirt. Alternatively, take a hair dryer and blow it away using cold air. Spray the keyboard well by turning it right and then spray it from left to right, top to bottom. Turn it to the left and spray left to right, top to bottom.
- If you are still facing problems, remove the laptop keys
In most cases, you should avoid doing this, especially if you are not well conversant with the process. You can easily go wrong. However, if you have keys that can be taken off, first research your laptop’s brand name. Gently pop out the keys and store them somewhere safe. Soak your cotton on something that can easily evaporate like alcohol and gently run the cloth over the keyboard. Pop the keys back in.