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How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard Without Compressed Air

How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard Without Compressed Air

Laptops have swiftly evolved from a cool novelty to a daily essential for many of us in the digital age. Whether it’s for work, social media, hobbies, or exploring everything else the world wide web has to offer — there are lots of people who use laptops in 2021, about 76% of the public, in fact.

With so many keyboards there's plenty of opportunity for grubbiness if users neglect to give their laptop a clean from time to time. And while there are simple methods such as cans of compressed air, it’s essential to know how to clean a laptop keyboard without compressed air, as it’s much more efficient and hygienic.

In this post, you’ll learn more about how laptop keyboards become so dirty, why you need to clean them, and how to clean a laptop keyboard without compressed air.

Why Do Laptop Keyboards Get so Dirty?

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For a multitude of reasons! If you’re someone who spends lots of time on a laptop, it’s safe to say that its keyboard area can become quite the trap for dust, dirt, crumbs, spillages, and plenty of other substances. Even if you are disciplined with your workspace and opt not to eat or drink there, your keyboard comes into contact with your fingers. Fingers that touch many different things throughout the day and experience a transfer of substances and bacteria.

Even if you clean your hands before and after using your laptop, every single time, your body produces sweat and oils that are transferred to the keyboard. You see, no matter what, it’s essential to clean your keyboard. Also, laptop keyboards tend to get a lot dirtier than conventional keyboards as they have fixed, non-removable keys, making them less accessible and more difficult to clean thoroughly.

Can’t I Just Use Compressed Air?

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You could, but it won’t actually ‘clean’ your keyboard. Compressed air is a very effective way of ridding a laptop keyboard of crumbs and other debris. However, it won’t get rid of liquids, sticky substances, or germs and bacteria. The Covid-19 pandemic has made everyone a lot more health and hygiene conscious, and with this in mind, an object such as a laptop with so much human contact throughout the day must remain clean. If you’re from the era of large, bulky white computers, you’ll know full well how grubby a computer and keyboard can get.

That fresh white soon turned into a yellowy colour, and the same thing is happening to your laptop. Just the aesthetic masks it better, and the materials are easier to clean. So, suddenly feeling a lot more motivated to learn how to clean your laptop keyboard without compressed air?

How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard Without Compressed Air

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An important thing to note here is that the ideal methods for cleaning laptop keyboards differ from those of external keyboards. Firstly, you can often remove the keys from external keyboards, making them easier to clean. And because a laptop’s hardware resides underneath its keyboard, the use of rubbing alcohol or other cleaning agents risks damage to your laptop.

Cleaning Equipment

To start, let’s equip you with the required tools to clean your laptop keyboard efficiently and so you can ensure that all germs and bacteria are removed. To clean your laptop keyboard, you’ll need the following:

  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Low-adhesive tape
  • Microfibre cloth (glasses cloth will suffice)
  • Cotton buds (optional)
  • Toothpicks (optional)

Cleaning Method

Now that you have your cleaning equipment, it’s time to clean! You can quickly and easily clean your laptop keyboard using the following method:

  1. Turn your laptop off and disconnect any power supplies, such as your charging cable. This will ensure that any small amounts of liquid that may come through the keyboard to the underneath will not contact operating electrical components.
  2. Start the cleaning process by ridding your laptop keyboard of crumbs and other debris. You can do so by turning it upside down, brushing it off and blowing away any stubborn debris that isn’t quite ready to leave.
  1. For more thorough debris removal, use your low-adhesive tape to stick to the debris and pull it off the keyboard, as well as loose debris lying within the cracks between the keys. Additionally, you can use a toothpick to get to any debris that’s trapped in the gaps and refuses to shift. Then, brush or blow it away.
  2. Before using your wipes, it’s vital to note that the goal here is to give the keyboard a thorough clean without soaking it. Therefore you may want to ring out the wipes slightly before use. Using the wipes, wipe down the entire surface of your keyboard, paying close attention to the keys and the gaps between them. Essentially the hot spots where your fingers will contact the keyboard the most.
  3. (Optional) We included cotton buds to the equipment list, which most people only use to clean external keyboards. However, they can prove to be handy for getting in between the keys of smaller keyboards such as notebooks or MacBook Airs. But make sure to wipe down afterwards to prevent any rogue cotton fibres from nestling into the keyboard.

Now that you know How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard

So, you now know how to clean a laptop keyboard without compressed air, but why stop there? Check out the rest of our blog, which we regularly update with informative, helpful cleaning guides for home and work.

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