How to clean your laptop’s keyboard without damaging it

Since Covid-19 pandemic, you must have realized the importance of personal hygiene. It is highly recommended to clean and disinfect the smartphone screen you spend hours on everyday, but have you ever thought of your laptop keyboard? Similar with phones, laptop is another frequently used digital device daily, and it also needs your care to regain its sparkling condition. Here is a guide about all the steps of cleaning your laptop keyboard, take a minute to see how.

Power off your laptop

Before cleaning, make sure your laptop is powered off in case you accidentally delete something important or damage any electrical components.

Shake off any debris

Turn your laptop upside down, and then shake it or gently tap the back to dislodge any debris.

Blow out the hard-to-reach gunk

If the keyboard is pretty crummy, you may consider using a can of compressed air with a long straw attached. Hold it at a certain angle, like 75°, and spray in a zigzag pattern so that all sides of keys are cleaned. Great alternative of compressed air includes USB-powered vacuum designed for keyboard claening, or cleaning slime which can mold into the cracks and stick to debris.

Wipe the keys with a slightly-damp micro-fiber cloth

Studies show that keyboard can be even dirtier than a toilet, so after cleaning all the debris in the cracks and crevices, you also need to disinfect all the keys. Prepare a damp disinfectant wipe or a cloth dampened with rubbing alcohol, and then carefully wipe all the surfaces of buttons, keys, and cover. Avoid solution with bleach, as it can cause damage to your device.

Remove the keys if possible

Most laoptops have removable keys in order for you to have a deep cleaning. If you laptop keyboard can actually be removed, you’ll need a tool that’s flat and thin to fit under the keys, such as a flathead screwdrive or butter knife. Carefully place the object under the key and gently pry it up. After that, remove the gunk with a cotton swab or toothpick. You can also soak the keys in soapy water and then use a disinfectant wipe to clean them.


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