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DIY: How To Clean The Keyboard From Dust And Crumbs

Date November 26, 2018 15:14

Everyone knows the places in the house germs love most: wet corners in the bathroom, under the toilet rim, and the kitchen sink. We also know about the danger of dust that accumulates under furniture, on flat surfaces, and in other hard-to-reach places. But few people think about the dirtiness of one thing, which we use all the time, which is close to our face and respiratory tract – a keyboard!

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In an experiment, a number of bacteria or fungal cells on typical items used in an IT office was compared. It turned out that the keyboard scored an astonishing 3,543,000 CFU (colony-forming units)! For the sake of comparison, a toilet got only 172 CFU.

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Different bacteria enter the keyboard all the time: food remains (crumbs and other particles), dust, paper, and liquid. And due to the fact that people do not care to clean the keyboard often, bacteria settle in and thrive.

Superficial cleaning

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Superficial cleaning should be done at least once a month (more often is better). To do this, unplug the keyboard, turn it upside down and shake it thoroughly so as to remove dust, crumbs, and other dirt. Then you can use a small paintbrush to get rid of the dirt between the keys. Do it carefully not to damage them. By the way, there is even a special USB vacuum cleaner designed to help with cleaning the keyboard. Mind, however, that for this you can use cold air only!

Deep cleaning

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A deep clean procedure should be repeated at least once every three months. Turn off the keyboard and carefully disassemble it. You can easily damage thin plastic, so use tweezers or pliers to gently remove the keys. Shift, Enter, and Spacebar keys are better not to remove since they are strongly attached and can be broken by an amateur. Wipe the removed keys with a cotton swab slightly soaked in alcohol or use a knife wrapped in cloth to remove the dust, and then blow the keyboard with cold air. Don’t let it get wet! Electronic devices don’t do well with moisture. After you’ve cleaned the keys, carefully place them back.

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If you've accidentally spilled something on your keyboard, you will have to disassemble and clean it the same way. Otherwise, there is a risk it will stop working. Another way to wash the keys is to put them in water, give them a thorough cleaning, and then dry them. This applies only to keys, not the keyboard case with electronics!

Useful tip: Before removing the keys, take a photo of the keyboard to be able to put everything back correctly.

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Yes, this is not the simplest of tasks, but it doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Try not to eat over the keyboard so as not to make it even dirtier; the dust will do its job on its own! A regular and thorough cleaning will ensure your keyboard has a long run.

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