How to Clean a Computer Keyboard

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A grimy appearance is just one reason to clean your computer keyboard. If dust gets stuck underneath the keys, they might not work properly. And spilled liquids can be your keyboard's death knell if not taken care of. Here are a few easy steps to get your computer keyboard clean.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic Keyboard Covers
  • Endust For Electronics
  • Compressed Airs
  • Household Rags
  • Dust Masks
    • 1

      Purchase any supplies you need: compressed air (in an aerosol can); a soft rag; Endust for Electronics, or any nonabrasive household cleaning fluid suitable for cleaning plastic; and a dust mask if you're allergic to dust.

    • 2

      Check your owner's manual. If the manufacturer has provided specific instructions, follow them.

    • 3

      Shut down the computer.

    • 4

      Disconnect the keyboard.

    • 5

      Use compressed air to clean between the keys. Spray at an angle to dislodge dust and grime.

    • 6

      Shake loose dust gently out of the keyboard.

    • 7

      If using Endust for Electronics or another aerosol cleaning fluid, follow the manufacturer's instructions. Otherwise, spray a small amount of fluid onto a rag.

    • 8

      Wipe the keys and chassis.

    • 9

      Wait until the keyboard is dry before reconnecting it to the computer.

    • 10

      Reconnect the keyboard and restart the computer.

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