Cleaning a computer keyboard is essential for maintaining hygiene and prolonging its lifespan. We have all experienced the dreaded sticky-keyed keyboard at one time or another. Whether you spilled a soda or it just eventually gummed up from the dust and grime of daily office use, it is inevitable. So here’s a step-by-step guide to clean a computer keyboard:

1. Power Off and Disconnect: Before cleaning, turn off your computer and unplug the keyboard from the USB port to avoid accidental input or damage.

2. Shake Out Debris: Turn the keyboard upside down and gently shake it to dislodge any loose debris, crumbs, or dust that may have accumulated between the keys. You can also tap the keyboard lightly on a flat surface to help dislodge stubborn debris.

3. Use Compressed Air: Use a can of compressed air to blow away any remaining dust and debris from between the keys. Hold the can upright and use short bursts of air to prevent moisture from accumulating on the keyboard.

4. Disinfect the Keys: Dampen a microfiber cloth or cotton swab with isopropyl alcohol (at least 70% concentration) or disinfectant wipes. Gently wipe the surfaces of the keys, paying attention to areas that are frequently touched and may harbor bacteria or germs. Avoid dripping liquid into the keyboard or getting it excessively wet.

5. Clean the Keycaps: For a deeper clean, you can remove the keycaps from the keyboard. Use a keycap puller tool or a small flat-head screwdriver to carefully pry off the keycaps one by one. Place the keycaps in a bowl of warm, soapy water and let them soak for a few minutes. Then, use a soft brush or cloth to gently scrub the keycaps and remove any dirt or grime. Rinse the keycaps with clean water and let them dry completely before reattaching them to the keyboard.

6. Clean the Keyboard Tray or Surface: If your keyboard is sitting on a tray or surface, wipe down the area with a damp cloth or disinfectant wipe to remove any dirt, dust, or spills.

7. Let It Dry: Allow the keyboard to air dry completely before reconnecting it to your computer and powering it on. This helps prevent moisture from damaging the internal components of the keyboard.

8. Reconnect and Test: Once the keyboard is dry, plug it back into the USB port of your computer and power it on. Test each key to ensure that they are functioning properly.

Regular cleaning of your computer keyboard not only helps maintain hygiene but also ensures optimal performance and longevity. Aim to clean your keyboard at least once a month or more frequently if it’s used heavily or in a shared environment.

As part of All In One Maintenance & Cleaning’s commercial cleaning services, we help keep office keyboards dust free, however it is always a good idea to be proactive to help extend the life of your station’s keyboard.