Computers have become a staple of our daily lives, we sit in front of them for hours on end, but they are also something we pay the least attention to when cleaning the office or home.

Whether its from eating in front of the computer, or just from every day use, our keyboards will eventually get dirt and dust stuck on and in-between the keys, overtime causing the keys to feel sluggish and making the keyboard un-sanitary. This is something most people don’t think about, and considering we put our hands on keyboards everyday, its always a good idea to clean your keyboard – at least on the surface – on a regular basis.

In this post I will guide you through cleaning Desktop and Laptop Keyboards.



What you will need

  1. Microfibre Cloth
  2. Cotton Tips ( Q-Tips )
  3. Isoroypyl Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Plastic knife or some kind of thin prying tool
  5. Soapy water
  6. Towel

1. Firstly,Unplug your keyboard from the computer.  Take a Photo of your keyboard – this is so you can easily re-assemble they keys in the right order once you are done cleaning.

2. Using your plastic knife or Prying tool, place the flat edge in between 2 keys with the edge under they key and gently pry they keys up one at a time. Be extra careful with the space bar as they sometimes have metal rods holding it in and you don’t want to bend them.

Note: Don’t force it, they should come off with relative ease.

3. Once all the keys are removed, fill up a bucket or a sink (making sure the drain is plugged up) with warm soapy water. Place the loose keys into the water and let them soak as we go on to the next step.

4. Take the main keyboard body, turn it upside down and shake out all the loose dirt. Dip the Q-tip in the rubbing alcohol and scrub the inside of the keyboard until its nice and clean.

5. Going back to the keys in soapy water, grab a cloth and wipe over each key one at a time – the dirt should come off easily now then place the keys on a towel to dry off.

6. Once everything has dried off, refer back to the photo you took of your keyboard and place all the keys in their appropriate places.

Note: Don’t force the keys on, they should clip in a with ease

You now should have a clean and responsive keyboard!



What you will need

  1. Microfibre Cloth
  2. Cotton Tips ( Q-Tips )
  3. Isoroypyl Rubbing Alcohol
  4. Compressed Air Can

1. Turn off your laptop ( remove the battery if its possible)

2. Grab the can of compressed air and send bursts of air in between the keys to blow out any dust and dirt.

Tip: try to avoid shaking the can while spraying as this will cause liquid to come out and risk damaging your laptop

3. Grab a microfibre cloth and lightly dampen the cloth with the rubbing alcohol. Gently run the cloth over each key of the keyboard until each key is clean.

You can also use this opportunity to clean the body and trackpad of the laptop.


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