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How to Clean a Keyboard

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How to Clean a Keyboard

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Since the keyboard is usually the computer peripheral that gets used the most, it’s not surprising that they can get pretty cruddy, pretty fast. Luckily, cleaning them doesn’t take more than a can of compressed air -- which you can find at any office-supply store -- and a few clean rags.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 to 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Unplug the keyboard from the computer. If your keyboard is wireless, turn it off.
  2. Turn the keyboard upside down and lightly shake it to dislodge any dust or crumbs.
  3. Tap the upside-down keyboard gently against the desk. You can knock the back of the keyboard with your hand, or you can tap the edge itself against the desk. Gently is the key word!
  4. Using a can of compressed air, blow loose any stubborn crumbs or dust stuck between the keys. Do not blow air on any one spot for very long; you don’t want the compressed air to form condensation in between the keys.
  5. Once again, turn the keyboard upside down and shake loose any dislodged crumbs.
  6. Using a damp rag, carefully wipe down the surfaces of all the keys and the edges of the keyboard.
  7. Gently dry the keyboard with a lint-free cloth.

What You Need

  • compressed air
  • damp cloth
  • dry, lint-free cloth
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