The best way to clean keyboard keys

Snacking in front of your computer means this piece of equipment is no stranger to crumbs. Give it a proper clean with our tips on how best to clean your keyboard.

Updated August 14, 2019

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Key steps

  • Dip the cloth into the isopropyl alcohol.
  • Wipe the surface around the keys.
  • Dampen the cotton swab with the alcohol. Carefully and gently work your way through the intricate spaces between the keys.

It’s common to take the cleaning of our keyboard for granted. Below, we’ll not only explain why it’s important to clean this piece of equipment, but we’ll guide you through how to clean keyboards properly. Keep reading for advice on the best way to clean keyboard keys, both for laptop keyboards and desktop keyboards.

Use isopropyl alcohol to properly disinfect your keyboard. Never put water or any other liquid on your keyboard.

Why do I need to clean my keyboard?

If you share an office desktop computer or laptop, now would be a good time to get up and give that keyboard a good clean! But don’t stop there – your personal computer and laptop keyboards also need disinfecting. If you’ve had a cold, flu, or any other recent illness and used the keyboard while ill then it’s more than likely that germs have been passed onto this equipment.

Read on for the best way to clean keyboard keys efficiently and safely, so that they’re properly sterilized and germ-free.

How to clean mechanical keyboards

In order to remove crumbs and debris from a desktop wired keyboard, follow the steps below on how to clean mechanical keyboards:

  1. Turn off your computer.
  2. Unplug your wired keyboard and all connecting cables.
  3. If it’s a wireless keyboard, make sure you turn it off and take the batteries out.
  4. Turn the keyboard upside down and firmly shake out all of the debris.
  5. Use a compressed air can to spray any crumbs away.
  6. Use a dust vacuum with a brush attachment to ensure all dust is gently removed.
Always disconnect your equipment from electricity or any power source before cleaning it.

How to clean your laptop keyboard

If yours is a laptop keyboard, follow the steps below on how to clean laptop keyboards:

  1. Turn your laptop off.
  2. Unplug any charging or USB cables.
  3. Hold the screen open with one hand while supporting the base of the laptop with the other.
  4. Turn it upside down and shake out all the debris.
  5. Use a compressed air can to blow out any remaining dust.
  6. Use a dust vacuum with a brush attachment to gently ensure all dust is removed.

How to clean keyboards: A guide to disinfecting

Once you have removed all of the crumbs and dust from your keyboard, you can turn to the task of disinfecting it. You’re going to need the following:

  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Cotton swab

Follow our final guide on how to clean keyboards in 3 steps:

  1. Dip the cloth into the isopropyl alcohol.
  2. Wipe the surface around the keys.
  3. Dampen the cotton swab with the alcohol and gently and carefully work your way through the intricate spaces between the keys.

Now that you know how to clean your keyboard, you can return to work worry-free and germ-free. And if you want more tips on how to protect your house from germs, we have you covered!

Originally published August 12, 2019