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.

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Once you've removed the letter keys, you can wash them individually with water and soap, or alcohol, to remove dirt.
  3. 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!

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