This post is slightly different than what you normally see on the blog but I think it goes without saying that this kind of tutorial would be helpful for just about anyone! Cleaning my keyboard keys are often the last thing on my mind and the last thing I worry about with my computer, but did you know that your keyboard keys actually have 60 times the amount of germs as a toilet seat? You read that right – SIXTY times. Gross!
I consider myself very caring towards my gadgets, particularly my beloved Macbook Pro. I rarely bring food or drink anywhere near it, so I don’t have bread crumbs, sticky keys, but I know that the dirt, filth and germs are still there even if it is invisible to the eye. To give you an example, this is what my keyboard keys look like prior to cleaning.
Absolutely nasty, and the pictures didn’t capture the severity of the nastiness on these keys. Despite using silicone keyboard, the dirt, body oils, and filth are still there, and I’m sure the bacteria and germs are thriving there too even if I cannot see it. This is the product of over 4 years of rarely cleaning my keyboard keys.
So what can you do? Fortunately, cleaning keyboard keys are super simple and takes 5 minutes at most. I like to clean it thoroughly every month or so, but for spot cleaning, I normally have anti-bacterial wipes nearby (you can purchase these at electronics/computer stores for really inexpensive). Today, I will share with you how to clean keyboard keys.
You Will Need:
- Cotton pads/napkins that won’t shed
- Anti-bacterial wipes
- Isopropyl Alcohol/rubbing alcohol with alcohol content of 70% or greater
To make the process easier, I put a little bit of rubbing alcohol in a small plastic container. I also suggest using rubbing alcohol with 70% alcohol content or greater, otherwise it will not be very effective.
I started out by cleaning the little crevices around the keys which I know will take me a while to get through. I used a q-tip dipped in alcohol (and pat the tips dry so that I won’t have alcohol getting into the insides of my laptop.
Once I was able to remove as much of the dirt from the crevices as possible, I needed to remove the ones from the surface. The q-tip will not be sufficient in this case, and I used my Shiseido Facial Cotton Pads because it doesn’t shed and is not too abrasive to use on the keys.
The surface is mostly clean (80%) but there is still some stickiness that couldn’t be removed using rubbing alcohol alone. The picture above may not necessarily show a lot of dirt but I am certain there are tons of unseen germs which were hopefully killed in the process by the rubbing alcohol.
To get rid of the stickiness, I went and used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Keep in mind that the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is not intended for use with electronics as it is fairly abrasive and may end up damaging your keyboard instead. However, I used the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to finish off the process without any damage to my keyboard keys.
I take the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and very lightly and gently rubbed it across the surface of my keys. I pause and check often to make sure that I don’t overdo it. The trick here is to rub the surface very lightly as the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can easily damage your keys; it is abrasive enough without the added force.
This is what the finished product looks like. Absolutely no stickiness, or dirt on or around the crevices of the keys. For good measure, I wiped everything once more with some rubbing alcohol to kill any germs that may have gotten on there while I was cleaning.
I hope this little guide is helpful to you – I know that I felt a lot more comfortable on my keyboards after cleaning it.
Do you deep-clean your keyboards often? What’s your favourite method of cleaning? Share with us in the comment section below!