Keeping your keyboard clean is an important part of how to effectively type. If you are constantly typing on a dirty keyboard, then the dirt and debris can seep into the small cracks where keys meet the base or cause them to stick.
This will make it difficult for you to type because your fingers will slip off of each key when they press down on it. To avoid these problems, follow this guide below for how to keep your keyboard clean!
You should always use a damp cloth that has been dipped in water or diluted vinegar with warm water. Do not use soap because this can leave residue behind that could damage your keyboard.
Step by Step Keyboard Cleaning
1. Shut down Computer/Laptop
To protect your hardware from damage, make sure to shut off the computer and detach all cables before cleaning. You can unplug a USB keyboard without shutting down first.
But if you’re unsure of which kind it is then always go ahead and shut everything down beforehand. If necessary, take out any batteries as well.
So that no parts are connected while being cleaned or wiped with cleaners.
2. Shake out To Releasing Dust
Flip your keyboard upside down and shake it out to get rid of any loose debris. Knock off as much dirt, food crumbs, pet hair etc from the bottom surface by gently tapping on different angles and flipping it over again.
3. Compressed air
To remove dust and debris from the keyboard, use compressed air with a straw. Point your nozzle at 45 degrees while sweeping across your keys in left-right motions to minimize any risk of damaging.
Keep 1⁄2 inch above the key board at all times, when using compressed air as an effective tool for general cleaning.
4. Dust vacuum
It’s important to clean your keyboard on a regular basis. A dust vacuum is the best option, as it can suck up most stubborn debris that might be stuck between keys and in areas around them.
If you don’t have one with an attachment, use a regular vacuum for hard-to-reach spots like spaces near key stems or clips where they attach to keyboards. This usually accumulates tough dirt!
6. Clean with a Cotton
While some of your keys might be covered in dust and grime, others will have letters or numbers on them. You’ll want to wipe around these individual parts with a clean cotton swab for the best results!
Make sure you’re gentle when wiping, so as not to push too much moisture underneath the key. If done correctly, this should help remove any leftover oils from fingers that normally collect under each letter-printed part.
7. Clean With A Cloth
Carefully use a damp cloth to remove any dust and other debris that may have settled on the surface of your keys. The best option is a lint-free cloth or paper towel.
But if you’re using an eyeglass cleansing tissue as opposed to one made for electronic screens. Then make sure it’s not dripping wet when finished!
Gently wipe across each key with caution: alcohol wipes can damage your keyboard print meaning. There will be less grip while typing in the future.
8. Final Polishing
Take the time to polish and clean your keyboard so that it will last longer. You can use a lint-free cloth or any other material you prefer.
But make sure not to scratch up the surface of the keys! Check every inch for dust before wiping with spritzes from water bottle.
When finished, plug in key board and give final test run to see if all is well!