How To Clean Your Laptop’s Keyboard Without Ruining It

Laptop keyboards atimes get dirty quickly from crumbs, dust, and grime, and of course, anything that you touch every day will be filled up with germs and dirt. Stored-up dirt on keyboards usually leads to poor typing performance and even keyboard damage. Cleaning the keys is a tedious task, but it can be made easier.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to clean your laptop keyboard without ruining it. Cleaning it will make your keyboard more visually appealing and it will help remove bacteria and germs that have found their way onto the surface.

Here are the steps to follow on how to clean the keyboard on a laptop.

Materials Needed To Clean Your Laptop keyboard

Before you get started, you need to have the following materials within your reach to clean a laptop keyboard:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Microfiber cloth (Lint-free cloth)
  • Soft paint brush
  • Disinfected wipes
  • Compressed Air (Optional)
  • Clear tape or Cleaning Slime

Tip: It’s recommended to use a small amount of rubbing alcohol while cleaning also avoid wipes or any other products that contain bleach, they can damage the coating on the keys.

How To Clean Your Laptop Keyboard

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Having gotten your cleaning materials ready, here is how to clean your laptop keyboard

  • Turn off your laptop and unplug from the power source to avoid damaging any electrical components. It will also keep you from accidentally sending or deleting something important on your laptop as you clean the individual keys.

  • Turn over your laptop upside down to dislodge/lose any large crumbs or debris on the keyboard.

  • If you have a compressed air can, use it to blow out additional crumbs stuck in the keys. Spray the air in a flowing zigzag form across the keyboard, then rotate the keyboard and repeat the process until you’ve done all four sides of the keys. And peradventure you are using a soft paintbrush, wipe the dust from the tops and edges of each key. Try to do this while the keyboard is upside down to avoid pushing dirt further into any of the keys. Or, if are using the cleaning slime, repeatedly press it into the spaces between keys and lift, it will pick up dirt as you move it.

  • Carefully use the disinfected wipes or a dampened cloth with Isopropyl alcohol to clean the keyboard surface and keys. Squeeze the wipes out beforehand to reduce moisture, so your keyboard won’t be soaked with moisture.

  • Lastly, dry the keyboard with a dry cloth and give your keyboard a polish. Allow the keyboard to completely dry out before connecting it back or turning it on.

How To Clean Your External Keyboard

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An external keyboard is a device that can be attached to your laptop or computer using a wired or a wireless connection. Here is how to clean an external keyboard.

  • Disconnect the keyboard from the laptop or computer it’s connected to.

  • Turn over the keyboard upside down to dislodge/lose any large crumbs or debris on the keyboard. If you have a compressed air can, use it to blow out additional crumbs stuck in the keys.

  • Get the cotton swab soaked in isopropyl alcohol and use it to clean around the keys. You can let the cotton swab be wet, but do not let it drip. You will need more than one swab to cover your entire keyboard.

  • Use a toothpick to remove stubborn debris carefully.

  • Get a microfiber cloth wet with isopropyl alcohol, do not let it drip, and use it to clean the tops of the keyboard keys, as well as the surrounding areas.

  • Use the dry lint-free cloth to remove the last of the dust, and polish your keyboard. Allow the keyboard to completely dry out before connecting it back or turning it on.

Some external keyboards will let you detach individual keys, this is great for cleaning the spaces underneath the keys. Do well to take a picture of the keyboard before detaching the keys for easy replacement.

Check out the manual for your keyboard to know if the keys can be removed, and how to remove and replace them if they are.

CONCLUSION

Keyboards can get dirty pretty quickly, and sometimes the dirt and gunk accumulate over time to the point where it becomes difficult to type on. If you find yourself in this predicament, don’t worry the above steps will help you clean your laptop keyboard without damaging it.

Lastly, we advise you get a silicone cover to cover your keyboard so as to help protect it from dirt, liquid spills, and debris in the future. Thanks for reading!

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