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Keyboards become dirty after extended use even if you don’t regularly eat or smoke near them. Over time, dust and other grime affect a keyboard’s performance.  Most of the time, general cleaning with compressed air and isopropyl alcohol is all you need to keep your keyboard functional.

Spills are more damaging, so dry out your keyboard immediately. Take apart your keyboard to fix problems like stuck keys and make it look as good as new.

Shut down the computer and detach all connecting cables. To protect your hardware from damage, shut off your computer first before attempting to clean the keyboard. If your keyboard is wired, pull out the plug connecting it to the computer. If you can’t remove the keyboard, such as when cleaning a laptop, disconnect your computer’s power cable to eliminate the risk of electrical shock

Turn the keyboard upside down to shake out loose debris. Flip your keyboard and knock off as much loose debris as possible. Be gentle when shaking the keyboard. Most food crumbs, dirt, pet hair, and other debris will fall out right away. Tilt the keyboard in different directions and tap it a little harder to force out any leftover debris you notice

Use compressed air to blow dust and debris out from the keys. Compressed air is your most reliable tool for general cleaning. Hold the canister at a 45-degree angle while pointing it at the keys. Sweep the nozzle across the keyboard while letting out controlled bursts of air. Keep the nozzle 12 in (1.3 cm) above the keyboard at all times

Clean around the keys with a cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Dampen the cotton swab very lightly to avoid getting too much moisture underneath the keys. Wipe around each individual key to remove leftover dust, oils, and other grime. Repeat this a few times as needed to clean the sides of each key and the space around it. Swap out swabs as they get dirty

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: #TechTuesday: Basic Computer Tips To Ease Your Use

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