Let’s Clean that Keyboard!

The keyboard is one of the most inconspicuously disgusting tools you have in your office, so you should take care to clean it out every so often. Let’s go over how you can both be more hygienic with your keyboard and clean it up more frequently.

There are several different types of keyboards out there, so we’ll try to cover them all.

Cleaning a Laptop Keyboard

  1. Turn it off: You don’t want to risk damaging or altering your device beyond repair, so make sure it’s turned off before you try to clean it up.
  2. Shake it up: Firmly grasp your laptop, then shake it out over the trash to try to clean it out as much as possible. You can also lightly tap the device if needed.
  3. Try some compressed air: A can of compressed air should dislodge some of the more stubborn bits. Try holding it at a 75-degree angle while you are blowing it.
  4. Give it a wipe: Using a microfiber cloth and some cotton balls slightly dampened with rubbing alcohol, wipe down the top of your keyboard. Make sure it is completely dry before trying to turn it back on.

Cleaning a Standard Keyboard

  1. Unplug your keyboard, if it’s wired: You shouldn’t clean your keyboard while it’s still plugged in. If it’s wireless, power it down first, too.
  2. Take off the keys: The keycaps on top of the keys are what keep a mechanical keyboard protected from your fingers, but they can get really nasty over time. You can use a keycap puller to remove the caps. We should also emphasize that you should never do this for a laptop. Also, we recommend taking a picture of your keyboard to make sure they all find their homes after they are cleaned up.
  3. Use compressed air: Use the canned air to get rid of any dust or dirt that can be removed without direct contact.
  4. Use a toothbrush for tougher grime: You might need a tougher approach for some of the nastier messes, so use a soft-bristled toothbrush when necessary.
  5. Wipe it down: Like with the laptop, you can also lightly dampen a microfiber cloth to remove any remaining nastiness.
  6. Soak keys, then reassemble: If you have particularly gruesome messes under your keys, you can soak them in soapy water, then return them to the keyboard only when they are completely dried.

Need a Hand Maintaining Your Technology?

If you want to make sure you are taking proper care of your technology, SRS Networks can help. To learn more, call us today at (831) 758-3636.

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