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How to Keep Your Computer's Keyboard Clean

by Staff Writer

Computer keyboard

Things You Need:

  • Dirty keyboard
  • Lint-free cloth
  • Can of compressed air
  • Cotton swabs
  • Clean solution, such as 99 percent isopropyl alcohol

For any avid computer user who eats near their computer equipment, has animals that shed or just plain hasn't kept good care of their keyboard, this guide will help you have it clean and looking like new in 10 minutes or less.

Cleaning Your Keyboard:

  1. Disconnect your keyboard by either unplugging it from the computer or, if it's a wireless keyboard, turning off the keyboard's power switch.

  2. Flip the keyboard upside down and give it a good shake to let any loose debris fall out. You can press the keys if you feel like anything is caught between them.

  3. Set the keyboard down on a hard surface and use the can of compressed air in between each row of keys. This will get out most of the debris that is stuck underneath. Move the air around each key until you feel there is nothing left to blow out.

  4. Dip the cotton swab into your cleaning solution and begin to work at any liquids that may be stuck on the sides or under keys. Use a new cotton swab every so often to avoid spreading the residue around.

  5. Take your lint-free cloth and dampen the edge with the cleaning solution. Run it over the sides of the keyboard and on top of the keys, picking up any last bits of dirt.

  6. You should now have a nice, clean keyboard. If you feel there is still more gunk to get out, go back through the steps until you feel the job is done.


  1. Use caution when cleaning around the keys so that you don't knock any out of position. You should be able to give the keyboard a good clean while still being gentle with all the keys.

  2. Take care when working with isopropyl alcohol as any ingestion could be harmful or fatal. Observe any and all warnings on the packaging or container.

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