How to Clean Your Computer Keyboard

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

You will need

  • A keyboard disconnected from a desktop computer
  • or a laptop keyboard
  • A flathead screwdriver
  • A bowl of warm water
  • Dish-washing soap
  • A towel
  • A can of compressed air
  • Cotton balls
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A digital camera
  • A hand-held vacuum or upright vacuum with a hand-held attachment

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.

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.

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.