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How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

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Published on Dec 3, 2009

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Think about how many times a day you touch your keyboard ... ready to clean it yet?

Step 1: Shake keyboard
If you're cleaning a laptop keyboard, remove the cord and the battery. Flip the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to dislodge any debris.

Tip
For future reference, take a photo of your keyboard before you dismantle it.

Step 2: Remove keys
Turn the keyboard right-side up and rest on a flat surface. Slide the tip of a flathead screwdriver under the bottom left key, pry it free, and soak in a bowl of soapy water. Repeat with the rest of the small keys. Leave the larger keys – such as the space bar, enter, and shift – since they're harder to reattach.

Step 3: Clean and dry keys
Rinse the keys individually in fresh water and lay them on a towel to air-dry. Let the keys dry for 24 hours.

Step 4: Spray compressed air
Take a can of compressed air and spray the entire keyboard shell.

Tip
You can also run a hand-held vacuum over the shell.

Step 5: Dab with alcohol
Dip the end of a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and run it along the board, making sure to reach all the nooks and crannies.

Step 6: Reassemble
When the keys have dried completely, reassemble the keyboard by snapping each key back into place.

Step 7: Keep it clean
Your keyboard looks like new! To help keep it clean, wash your hands before each use and never eat or drink while typing.

Did You Know?
The world’s fastest typist, Barbara Blackburn, reached a top speed of 212 words per minute.

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