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One of The Best Computer Accessories I Have Purchased

Updated on June 25, 2015
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Computer Keyboard Vacuum Cleaners

It Could Extend Computer Life

I once worked for a company that gave closed book licensing exams for insurance companies, doctors, electricians, cosmetologists, etc. I was the person who registered the students, verified their name and walked around and made sure no one cheated.

Every morning before the office opened, I turned on the computers, checked the cubicles, and brought out the office supplies for the day. One daily task was to turn each keyboard upside down and gently bump it on the cubicle table. You would be amazed at how much stuff would fall out. Pencil filings, dirt, bits of shredded paper, and a paper clip here and there; things you could miss seeing with the naked eye.

I did the same thing with my personal laptop, until I had a really great idea. Why tip it upside down, when I have a perfectly good dust buster that I can slide over the keys? It worked with other small cleaning jobs. So, I turned on the vacuum and started to clean my laptop keyboard. As my Shift key on the left and my Up Arrow on the right were both sucked up in the dust buster, I screamed in horror.

You know the rest. I emailed my family about the disaster. All was lost! My livelihood had been sucked up by wind. Fortunately for me I have nieces who are extremely savvy about computers. You have to bring a computer to college now, you know? One niece told me to buy a replacement keyboard and one of her friends would install it for me.

Of course I ordered the wrong laptop keyboard. When my niece’s friend insisted I had ordered the wrong one, I was incensed. My laptop was too important to make such a mistake. After all, I had made sure of the correct type when I ordered it from the discount computer parts store online.

My niece convinced me to order another keyboard from Amazon.com. I was very surprised at the quantity and quality of their computer products. For less than twenty dollars I bought a new keyboard and a computer vacuum cleaner. The keyboard was installed, and I returned to the business and pleasure of writing.

A computer vacuum cleaner is small in size. It can be used for either a laptop or a PC. It makes a vast difference in maintaining your keyboard. It plugs into a side USB port, and starts right up. It has a small built-in light so you can see between the keyboard cracks and crevices. As I gently slid the device over the keyboards, I was surprised at its amazingly strong suction. It certainly beat tipping the laptop upside down trying to discard crumbs and dust.

It is one of the best purchases I have made. I now complete my weekly computer duties with a smile. By the way, I also cleaned my computer keyboard, the screen, and the exterior with a small amount of mild cleaner on a paper towel. Guess what? I found a new laptop underneath!

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    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      6 years ago from Boston

      Hi, Sweetguide! Thank you for your comment. I especially like to brush between the keyboards before I vacuum.

    • sweetguide profile image

      sweetguide 

      6 years ago from River side

      Interesting information. Thanks dear Carolyn .

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      7 years ago from Boston

      As I learned, it only takes one time for a mistake to be made. I hope you get the cleaner for the future.

    • maewallace22 profile image

      maewallace22 

      7 years ago

      Good idea. I to have used a vacuum cleaner to clean my computer, but I didn't loose any keys, I may not be so fortunate next time. I better get a computer vacuum cleaner. Thanks

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Almu007 - Thanks for the tip! I have added the cleaner I bought to my hub.

    • almu007 profile image

      almu007 

      7 years ago from Vermont, US

      Great Hub! I really do need this badly. If you had an amazon or eBay listing here, I might have bought it right away haha. Thanks!

    • Carolyn2008 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carolyn Gibson 

      7 years ago from Boston

      Thank you!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi,

      What a great Hub! I turn my keyboard upside down to clean it out - and as you say, it's amazing what comes out of it. But this small hoover sounds ideal. Many thanks for sharing!

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