As a result of the amount we play them, keyboards can quickly become breeding ground for dirt to build up. It is the germs that live in this dirt that possibly present the greatest risk to your health.
Fortunately, there are some tasks that can be carried out to effectively clean your keyboard without damaging it in any way.
Although these tips should be practiced regularly at any time, they are especially important when writing. The continued threat of the coronavirus in Spain and throughout the world means that hygiene is a top priority.
1. Turn off your computer
Turning off the computer is the essential step since, after all, a computer is an electrical device, and the combination of liquids and electricity increases the risk of a terrible accident.
2. Shake well
We understand, you like to eat while using your PC and your laptop. Whether it's a snack at work or a snack while you're done watching a series, many of these foods tend to be crumbly. As a result, it may be easy for small pieces of food to lodge between the keys.
However, there is an easy solution for this. Carefully pick up your device (or disconnect its keyboard), turn it inside out, and give it a good shake. Obviously don't go crazy, but a gentle side-to-side motion should dislodge debris from any blockages.
3. Grab a can of compressed air
Although they do not hinder the typing experience, small bits of dirt can easily accumulate on the keyboard. It is not always possible to shake off all the little bits of sand and dirt that can accumulate on keyboards.
This is where a can of compressed air comes in handy. You can find them at hardware stores or order them online for very little money.
Currently, in Amazon Spain we have found a pack of four cans for 10.64 AAB PC Spray brand.
Typically, this type of spray comes with a plastic straw that allows you to direct your shots. To clean up any tough crumbs, rock the pot in a left-to-right motion over the keyboard, with the tip of the straw half an inch from the keys, then turn the keyboard sideways and repeat the process.
This is the method that Apple recommends for your Latest MacBooks.
4. Clean the keys
As the part of the keyboard you interact with the most, the keys will definitely need some attention. There are several ways to clean them, depending on the type of keyboard you have. For large desktop keyboards, including mechanical ones, it is best to use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol or an ethanol-based solution.
This may take a little time, but will ensure the most thorough cleaning possible.
There are several ways to clean the keys. For larger mechanical and desktop keyboards, you can take your time and use cotton swabs dipped in isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol to clean the sides of each key.
If you have a regular laptop keyboard, or something with less key travel, you should use a lint-free cloth to clean the surfaces. It is also better to wet this with the alcohol and then carefully clean the affected area.
If you don't have an alcohol-based cleaning product on hand, antibacterial wet wipes are your best alternative. However, after cleaning any type of keyboard, be sure to wet a cloth with water and re-run the surfaces. This is especially important on laptop keyboards, where there is an increased risk of alcohol entering the screen.
There is also a strange new way to clean the keys, which is to use gel packs to clean keyboards. These look like the kind of slime kids love to do in art classes, but they can be an effective way to remove dirt and grime. Just open the container, rub the gel over the keys, and then remove it again.
A pack of two gels is available in Amazon Spain for 15.99 euros.
Admittedly, it seems weird, but it's actually more fun than playing with cleaning fluid and compressed air, plus it gives some impressive results.
For more tips on mastering the cleaning arts, check out our guide on How to clean and disinfect your phone.
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