How Do You Clean Your Computer Keyboard?
In our studio we use a few computers to keep us on the air and online. A lot of hands touch our keyboards. Over the years, as you can imagine, things get a bit grungy and we're stuck with the task of trying to keep our abode tidy and clean.
Not so easy at times.
Looking at one of our computer keyboards recently, I got to thinking that this thing is just uncleanable. Should we just chunk it and get a new one? Or should we actually try to clean it? You be the judge.
Ewww, we know, it's kind of gross. But a few tips from the experts on how to clean this thing, may just save us a few bucks and get us a "like-new" board.
Here is what PC World suggests for the keyboards that look like a "hazardous waste zone":
Remove and Clean the Keys
- Most desktop keyboard letter keys are designed to allow you to remove them with a blunt tool such as a butter knife or flathead screwdriver. Simply place the tool under a corner of a key, and pry it off. If you’re unsure of your particular model, or if you are using a laptop, consult your device's manufacturer to learn whether key removal is supported, so that you avoid damaging your keyboard.
- Once you've removed the letter keys, you can wash them individually with water and soap, or alcohol, to remove dirt.
- After washing, dry the keys, and then place them on a towel to continue drying.
For the sake of us not looking like total slobs, I did take the time and tried out the PC World tips on cleaning our keyboard. Here what some of our hard work looks like. Not bad!