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How to clean and disinfect your keyboard

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.