Just like your mobile phone devices, computer keyboards are one of the most touched surfaces in both homes as well as offices, which means there are more chances of them being a breeding ground for germs. The major reason for this is our not so good habits, like – unwashed hands, using a computer table as a dining table, no regular dusting of the whole computer system, etc. However, even if you do not regularly eat near your keyboards they still become dirty after extended use. Dust and other gunk affect the performance of a keyboard. The majority of the time, cleaning with compressed air and microfiber cloth is enough to clean your keyboard.
The majority of the people clean their keyboard only about once a month, however, to appropriately disinfect, you should make it a point to clean the keyboard daily with a damp microfiber cloth. However, if you are the only person using your computer, then the bacteria will not result in any serious harm. However, it is better to take some precautions like, washing your hands regularly and keep the area near your computer clean.
At times, it is actually extremely hard to clean a keyboard because of its dozens of keys, profuse cracks and gaps, and sensitive electronic parts underneath. Read on further to get a few cleaning tips about cleaning the keyboard.
1. If you are planning to clean the keyboard of a computer, it is better to disconnect the keyboard from the computer as a safety measure. In the case of the laptop, just switch the device before starting the cleaning process. It will also ensure that you do not accidentally send a mail.
2. It is best to use a microfiber cloth that is slightly dampened with only water to wipe the keys and keyboard. You can also damp the microfiber cloth with diluted rubbing alcohol.
3. You should never use harsh chemicals or wipes that contain bleach to wipe the keyboard as it can damage the special coating on the keys, which can result in the letters getting rubbed off. You should also never spray water directly on the keyboard as it can then damage the whole system.
4. You can use a dry, soft toothbrush to remove dried gunk from the places that ate hard to reach on the keyboard. You can use short strokes to sweep out larger or obstinate debris.
5. If you use compressed air to do short blasts from top to bottom. This will get the specks out of the areas between the keys. You should always do this from the top to bottom so that the dust and morsels fall out and don’t get stuck in some corner. Make sure to not turn the can of compressed air upside down while spraying and also see that the straw is attached to control the airflow. In the case, you do not have compressed air, turn the keyboard upside down and shake it lightly to get rid of the debris. Make sure to tilt the keyboard in various directions and tap it a little harder until you feel that all the leftover debris has fallen out. You can get Compressed air at electronics shops, general stores, and office supply stores.
6. You can use a dust vacuum to help you get rid of debris. The force from a dust vacuum drives the most persistent debris caught between the keys. You can also use a regular vacuum with a brush attachment; in the case, you do not have a dust vacuum with a hose. Take the vacuum over the entire keyboard, while mainly concentrating in the areas around the keys. While using a vacuum make sure none of your keys are loose, mainly on a laptop.
7. After you have completely cleaned the computer, plug the keyboard back and switch on the system. Now, type with the help of the keyboard. Press down on all of the keys to make sure they work.
By using the tips and methods given in this article, you will see that with the right equipment, cleaning a keyboard does not take too much time or effort and is extremely simple. The cleaning techniques given above takes only a few minutes and will leave your keyboard as good as new.
You can also take professional help for cleaning your computer or laptop, especially, laptop, as they are much more delicate and challenging to clean when compared to the regular keyboards. A professional will clean your system thoroughly, even the keys, and can also check the internal components of the system for damage.