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Computer keyboard cleaning

Updated on July 25, 2013

Are you having the sneezes everytime you go on your computer? or Are you keyboard keys playing the fool? This could be a sign that your computer keyboard needs cleaning. It is a simple and easy task which you can do on your own. Here is what to do:

Does your computer keyboard look like this?

computer keyboard cleaning before
computer keyboard cleaning before

Basic computer keyboard cleaning

You would need:

  • A can of compressed air
  • A Lint-free cloth
  • A diluted detergent
  • A vacuum

N.B Do not use any strong detergents because it can erase the letters off your keys.

Firstly turn off the computer and unplug the keyboard, before you do any computer keyboard cleaning.

Step 1- With a can of compressed air, guide the air canal between the keys to remove or uplift any dirt beneath them. Then, turn the keyboard upsided down and gently shake to release all the dirt which you have loosened.

Step 2- Apply some of the diluted detergent to the lint-free cloth, just to damp it (Do not soak the cloth) and carefully clean the surface of the keys.

Step 3- Vacuum out the left over dirt which can be hiding under the keys.

More thorough computer keyboard cleaning

NB. Do not do this kind of computer keyboard cleaning with laptop keyboards or mechancal keyboards, this is any keyboard which when pressed you hear a click, as these keys have springs beneath them.

Here is what you will need:

  • A bowl of water with a little detergent in it
  • A cloth
  • A screwdriver

Firstly make sure the pc is off and the computer keyboard is plugged out.

Step 1- Take a picture of the keys on the keyboard. Make sure that you can zoom in on the picture to see what each key is marked.

Step 2- Remove all the keys from the keyboard. Do so with a flat end screwdriver. Then place them in the bowl of water and detergent.

Step 3- Using cloth damped with a little diluted detergent rub the now exposed surface to remove all the dirt you see. If there is difficulty removing the dirt with a cloth use damped cottonswobs.

Step 4- Gently rub the keys which are in the bowl, then take them out and place them on a surface covered with tissue to dry.

Step 5- After the keys have dried, look at the picture you took of the keyboard and replace the keys. Then open Notepad and make sure that all the keys are working.

After computer keyboard cleaning

computer keyboard cleanig after
computer keyboard cleanig after

Now there you have it a clean keyboard. After doing this computer keyboard cleaning, your keyboard should look and feel like new.


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    • barryrutherford profile image

      Barry Rutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My keyboard is way overdue for a clean thankyou....

    • mathslover profile image

      mathslover 7 years ago from Barbados

      Thanks alot Karanda!

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      Karen Wilton 7 years ago from Australia

      A friend of mine uses a keyboard with all the letters blanked out from using a strong cleaning fluid on the keys. Lucky she can touch type. Great hub, well stepped out.