It is one of the most used items in any home but how often do you clean your computer keyboard? When you’re hiring a professional home cleaning service, do you ever mention to them about how dirty your computer keyboard is?
If you eat at your desk or have a cat that likes to come and join you while you’re working, chances are your keyboard is a hive of germs.
For most people, the keyboard on their computer is one of the most overlooked parts of your home. But there is a great way to make sure it is cleaned properly and the germs and bacteria are removed.
You might be nervous about cleaning your keyboard because of fears you could break it, but we’ve put together a step by step guide on how to properly clean your computer keyboard.
- Shut down the computer
It seems like a no-brainer, but you want to make sure your computer is completely powered off before you start cleaning the keyboard. This is to minimize the risk of pressing keys and causing problems on the computer itself. If you can, detach the keyboard from the computer completely by unplugging it from the USB port.
- Remove loose debris
This is going to be a little gross, but the first thing you should do is turn your keyboard upside down and shake it to remove any loose debris. Crumbs from all those sandwiches eaten al desko will tumble out and you’ll probably feel a lot better (or worse) about your keyboard already. If you have a can of compressed air, you can use it to blast in between the keys as well to dislodge any hidden morsels.
- Clean the keys
Dip a cotton swab into some rubbing alcohol (you can get this from a standard first aid kit) and use the swab to clean between each key. You might find yourself using several swabs so make sure you have plenty before you start. Then use a soft cloth or kitchen roll dipped in the alcohol to clean the space bar, return key and other heavily used areas (the wrist rest or similar) to make sure it is completely germ free. Use a microfiber cloth or similar to remove dust and completely polish the keyboard then, if you’re happy with the clean, plug your keyboard back in and fire up your computer.
- Removing the keys for a deep clean
This might seem scary (particularly if this is an expensive keyboard!) but remove the keys with a blunt object like a rounded knife or a flat head screwdriver. Once the keys are removed, you can take them straight into a bowl of warm, soapy water and clean them gently with a soft cloth. Make sure you lay them out to dry similar on a piece of kitchen towel or a clean cloth.
- Clean the key-less keyboard
While the keys are removed, you can clean the areas between the keys themselves to make sure the whole unit is completely clean. If you have a can of compressed air then use it to blast off any dirt you couldn’t get before. You can also use a vacuum cleaner but you should be very careful doing this so it doesn’t dislodge any important parts. Using a cloth and some dipping alcohol, rub the keyboard and clean it thoroughly.
- Rebuild your keyboard
Make sure the keys you have removed are totally dry and have been thoroughly cleaned. You should be able to snap the keys back into place easily and if you’re not sure where they go you can look up a keyboard map (print this off beforehand if you’re not sure you will remember as it will be hard to Google without a keyboard!) Once it has been reassembled, use a soft cloth to wipe over the whole thing one more time to make sure you have everything removed.
So, next time you’re staring at your keyboard looking for inspiration for that next email, just take a look at how clean it is. Chances are, your keyboard is harboring more bacteria than your toilet and it could be the cause of illnesses. When you’re hiring professional cleaners, make sure you speak to them about your keyboard and ensure they are cleaning it thoroughly when they come to your home or office.
You can easily do these types of small cleaning jobs yourself, but if you are looking for a full house cleaning service make sure to contact a professional cleaning company like the following